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Homeschooling (Yes, This Again)
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Meningitis, Mistaken Gender, and Orange Pee…Our Week in Review
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When Bandaids Do as Much Harm as Good
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When a Pet Dies
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Hate to Pack? Try This “Hack.”
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A Little Potty Talk
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Where There is Love…
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Hooray for Summer (Exclamation Point): Steps to a Successful Break (Question Mark)
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Let’s Get Organized: a Stepwise Process for Parents and Kids
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When a Loved One is Seriously Ill

Homeschooling (Yes, This Again)

Well, at least I didn’t say “never.”  Instead, fortunately, I said “won’t.” I love the saying “Never say never, never say always.”  It’s clever.  And most of the time it’s good advice…but there are exceptions.  For me, for example, those exceptions are: I will never like marmalade. I will never not get motion sick in an IMAX movie.   I will always love my family. I have written three posts on homeschooling, the most recent about how I won’t homeschool our kids and the reasons why.  Well, if I don’t swallow my words on this one, I (ahem) never will….

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Meningitis, Mistaken Gender, and Orange Pee…Our Week in Review

It was one of those weeks.  One of those that by the time it’s over, you feel as if you’ve been in a time warp and wondering what the heck happened.  One of those where you grow a little more as a person and grow into your relationships even more and grow to understand others, too.  In short, this is how our last five days went down: ~My husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary Sunday night with a dinner out, after he recovered from a nasty “tension headache” earlier that day. ~Early Monday morning, I took my husband…

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When Bandaids Do as Much Harm as Good

It’s not just adding insult to injury.  It’s literally adding injury to injury.  Two of my kids, when they need a bandaid to cover a scraped knee or elbow, end up with that painful, red and raised “rash” from the sticky part of the bandage.  Talk about unfair.  And putting bandaids on a bandaid rash obviously isn’t gonna work. I remember the first time I saw a rash from bandage adhesive.  I was working as an aide in a hospital, and the rash was actually from the white tape we used to secure gauze dressings.  Then I saw it again….

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When a Pet Dies

We have the worst luck with pets. Dog number one.  We had to give her up because she kept running away. Dog number two.  Became food aggressive with kid vomit and bit my husband.  We had to surrender him to the humane society. Lizard.  My son caught “Lizzy” in our yard and designed a lovely terrarium for the randomly-assigned “her.”  She lived her life span adored, sunning herself under her own heat lamp and feasting on bits of banana.  My son was devastated when she died. Dwarf hamster.  Our most recent, and possibly cutest, pet.  She loved corn and green beans…

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Hate to Pack? Try This “Hack.”

When it’s a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence, I just have to share.  Getting all three of my kids to agree to anything at the same time and in the same place is practically a miracle.  As my mother-in-law has observed, not just with her own grandkids but in other families as well:  one child is always unhappy. Not this time.  And the task involved actual work.  A request.  And since the reward wasn’t a lego set (note:  it never is)…well, I still can’t believe this project went 3-for-3.

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A Little Potty Talk

I completed a half marathon last weekend and this time,  I crossed the finish line under my own power (my first “half” didn’t go nearly as well…but that’s another story).  Along the way I was relieved to find a port-a-potty a) because I really had to go and this meant b) I was actually well-hydrated for this run through our high-altitude, arid climate.  After taking care of business, I was startled to see a man sitting by the side of the road near the portable stall.  I hadn’t seen him before so I felt a little creeped out, especially as…

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Where There is Love…

If someone were to ask me if I were a more of a religious person, or more of a spiritual one, I would say I am definitely more spiritual.  I believe there is a reason for everything, things become as they are supposed to be.  Not that I’m always happy with the reason or the result, but I truly believe the world becomes as it should. Someone I know recently shared with me a beautiful quote taken from mystery novel The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny: “Where there is love there is courage, where there is courage there is peace, where there…

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Hooray for Summer (Exclamation Point): Steps to a Successful Break (Question Mark)

It’s almost here!  For some of us, it already is.  Summer break.  Honestly, my head is spinning the school year went by so fast.  And I feel totally unprepared for having my brood around for three months.  So I dug up this post from a year ago to help refresh my brain on how to (and not to!) navigate summer with kids.  And I hope it helps you, too: A year ago, as the school year drew to an end, I wrote a post that received some flak.  In Hooray for Summer? (In retrospect, Horrors, It’s Summer! would have been…

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Let’s Get Organized: a Stepwise Process for Parents and Kids

One of the least “organized” decisions we can make as adults is to become parents.  Is there anything less neat, orderly and predictable as having children in the house?  And if you can show me a mom who, without missing a beat, can juggle the school field trip schedule, remember who likes what cold lunch fixings and recall if she brushed her teeth that morning…I’ll show you a mythical Greek Goddess. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the messy business of parenting.  I adore my kids.  In fact, I relish the unpredictability of their fights, their ever-changing school…

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When a Loved One is Seriously Ill

This week’s post was supposed to be about how to help our kids learn to be more organized but that’s just not going to happen.  Sometimes life takes us on a detour from from our best-laid plans. As I switched gears on what to write this week, I realized it’s still about organization but in a different vein.  The good news?  It doesn’t require a visit to The Container Store.  The bad news?  It’s about bad news. Sadly, it’s inevitable. But that’s the very reason we don’t want to think about a family member getting sick.  As in:  it’s going…

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