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Getting to the Heart of Parenting...

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Enough!
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Spread the Love: Valentine’s Fun and Decor All in One
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Step One For An Extraordinary Life: Pay Attention
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#MeToo and What Comes Next
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Should My Tween Have a Cell Phone? Ask Delaney Ruston, MD.
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A Dietary Cleanse: And You Can Have Your Chocolate, Too
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Happy New Year 2018: a Resolution Revolution
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Easy Ideas for Decorating Christmas Cookies
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Puppy Love
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My Favorite Things 2017: Holiday Gifts to Give or Keep

Enough!

    Pulseonparenting is not a political platform.  But it is about kids and their parents and and their friends and extended families.  I’ve spent the past four years blogging with the goal of making a difference, big or small, in the lives of children and their loved ones.  To say nothing of what happened last week, on a day reserved for celebrating love, would dishonor the passion that motivates me to get up at 5:30 in the morning. Now, right now, while the nation is yet again in the throes of sadness and grief, the most glorious phoenix has…

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Spread the Love: Valentine’s Fun and Decor All in One

  I am not super-crafty but love to craft.  It’s hard to find the time to create so I rely on Annie’s Creative Woman Kit-of-the-Month Club and other simple suggestions, like one I found in the February 2018 Real Simple (makes sense, no?).  A fellow reader shared her love-note treasure hunt tradition she and her husband plan for their children each February, where they hide paper hearts around their home with notes of love written on them.  Then their kids search for them daily through Valentine’s Day.  As I didn’t come upon this fun little ritual until a couple days…

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Step One For An Extraordinary Life: Pay Attention

  While driving down the busy artery through town, I noticed patriotic lights flashing behind me.  What?  Me?  What did I do?  I honestly had no idea.  I wasn’t speeding.  I didn’t run a red.  Maybe I had a light out?  My face flushed hot as I desperately looked for a place to pull over, wanting to halt the embarrassing parade-of-two on the busiest road, at the busiest time, through town. The amiable police officer approached my van as I nervously located my registration and insurance (thankfully I hadn’t left my license in my other purse, as I have been…

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#MeToo and What Comes Next

  I’m not easily swayed.  To the frustration of Kirby vacuum salespeople and real estate agents across the Midwest, I’m not quickly convinced, if at all convinced.  As Jimmy Buffett sings, “Indecision may or may not be my problem.”  Maybe that’s my affliction, too,  but I think it really it comes down to my preference for being in my head, mulling things over. And over.   And over.       Aaaaaand…       over. Constant wheel-turning is one of my seriously introvert traits.  Overall, I’m an ambivert, sitting on the fence between getting jazzed from socializing and feeling…

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Should My Tween Have a Cell Phone? Ask Delaney Ruston, MD.

  My son wants a smartphone in the worst way.  And no wonder.  His best friend received one for his thirteenth birthday.  He gets asked frequently by his 7th-grade peers why he doesn’t have a cell phone, so the pressure is real.  Topping his list of reasons he should have one?  So he doesn’t have to borrow someone else’s to call for a ride home.  He feels embarrassed. It’s never easy in middle school, on the cusp of or in the throes of puberty, trying to navigate your place in the crowd.  Especially when your status in that crowd is…

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A Dietary Cleanse: And You Can Have Your Chocolate, Too

  I do not enjoy drinks that are green (my suggestion for the sequel to Green Eggs and Ham).  I avoid the green smoothie at juice bars and bypass the same in the refrigerated section at the grocery store, reaching for something in a more pleasing pink or purple hue (grape kombucha, please).  There is an exception, however:  the shamrock shake.  I will make just one pilgrimage a year to the golden arches in order to sit in a frustratingly (and concerningly) long drive-through in order to sip on that miracle concoction of milkshake and mint.  Plus, this tradition harkens…

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Happy New Year 2018: a Resolution Revolution

  It’s a new year, a new calendar, a new start.  I love a new calendar, it’s like a clean slate.  No creases or dog-ears, no chicken-scratches lined through and rewritten in another box.  No mayhem.  Just an open book full of possibility and promise. Before I write in all the appointments, extracurriculars and school inservices, I page through my calendar and enjoy the work my husband has gone to to create each month’s snapshot and how I want my family’s year to be filled with the same joy his art brings to each of the calendar’s 12 months.  I…

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Easy Ideas for Decorating Christmas Cookies

My mother has been called the Walter White of Christmas cookies.  She’s been known to bake them 3-figure numbers without breaking a sweat, and some of her creations have been declared utterly (and legally) addictive.  The decadence goes international with Norwegian Kringla, German-influenced Peparkakor and Leibkuchen, and Scottish shortbread.  But it’s the traditional, down-home, cut-out sugar cookie that no one can get enough of.  I am merely her protege, her Jesse Pinkman, who uses her recipes and is constantly trying to perfect the techniques and skill of a true pro.  I wish I had the time to hand paint (yes,…

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Puppy Love

My husband and I agreed long ago that getting a puppy for Christmas is not a good idea.  The initial surprise and adorable photo opportunities are one thing, but the extra work and lack of sleep during a busy holiday and having to housebreak in frigid, snow-covered weather just spells Bad Plan.  So what happens? We get a puppy at Christmastime. One morning in November my kids ambushed me at the door, classifieds in hand.  There’s puppies for sale in the newspaper!  They were the right price, a wonderful breed, and only two towns away.  So we sought.  And we found a…

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My Favorite Things 2017: Holiday Gifts to Give or Keep

Sometimes wakefulness at 4 am can produce something other than frustration.  Yes, my brain was marching through a parade of thoughts and worries faster than a screenager’s brain on gaming:  the Christmas party we are hosting, the puppy arriving the day after, did my son really just leave his ski jacket at school, or did he lose it?  You know how it can be, especially during this crazy, joyful, where-is-the-snow-already (!), time of year.  But in the middle of the brain train, I had one, just one, really good idea.  I’m jumping on the caboose of the veritable iron horse others like Maria…

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