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Through loss we grow

My father-in-law recently died. His diagnosis 4 years ago had hit me like a punch to the stomach. At that moment my mind jumped immediately to the end of his life and inside I panicked. My very happy childhood had … Continue reading

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“Mama needs a drink!” Is it time to rethink our drinking?

The Rethink Your Drinking campaign has me thinking. Thinking about standard drink sizes, the long and short term health effects of alcohol use and when zero alcohol is the limit. It also has me thinking about my kids. When I … Continue reading

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Our kids make great teachers

My tween and teens are a lot more tech-savvy than I am. They are naturally adept with today’s technology and have a skill for trouble shooting. I frequently find myself asking to draw on their expertise when I am learning … Continue reading

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Mom versus mascara in the battle of the make-up

Mascara.  It’s a simple word, but somehow it has become the bane of my existence. Really and truly. I’ve never had any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to make-up use and my four daughters. Usually, if something seems reasonable it is worth … Continue reading

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What is true happiness? Have you found it?

Be happy. It sounds so simple, but is it really that easy? When you ask parents what they want for their kids when they grow up, many will often include the word “happy” in their descriptors. “I’d like to see my kids… … Continue reading

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Why we need to stop forcing our children to hug

It’s the holiday season and that means lots of visits with friends and family. This can also lead to an awkward situation: relatives (ahem, grandparents!) and others who expect automatic hugs and kisses from children — even when some kids … Continue reading

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Role Modeling – they are watching us!

Kids are awesome imitators. What we do as parents shows our kids how we want them to behave. A few weeks ago I was driving with my youngest in the back seat and we were running late.  We came upon … Continue reading

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