Archive - May 2017

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Parenting Shall Overcome: When Kids Misbehave
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Are Chemical Sunscreens Safe?
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Time to Spread My Wings and Twitter. Uh, I Mean Tweet.
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Happy Mothers’ Day to the Working Mommas ( aka, all of us)
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The Boy Scout Law, Updated

Parenting Shall Overcome: When Kids Misbehave

It could have been awkward.  It could have been confrontational.  It could have resulted in animosity.  But it wasn’t, and it didn’t.  It was a case of two parents trying to sort things out and do the right thing, two parents who believe it takes a village to raise children in the best possible way.  How empowering that is, especially when the reason for coming together is a child’s mistake. I like to think I can tell when my kids are lying  (oh, silly, silly Mommy….) and when their desperation for my understanding is based in their innocence.  But conflict between kids,…

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Are Chemical Sunscreens Safe?

Summer, summer, summer.  Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.  While sunscreen is recommended year-round to prevent burns, aging and the increased risk of skin cancer, in the warmer months we dress less and slather up even more.  Have you ever wondered whether those chemical sunscreens are safe to use in such large-and-frequent proportions?  In this repost from July of 2015, I describe some of the myths and facts surrounding the totally-tubular and ubiquitous poolside essentials. Everyone notices when someone sports that gorgeous sun-bronzed skin from a sunny vacation.  But my family?  The people who get sunburned through car windows?  We return from a…

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Time to Spread My Wings and Twitter. Uh, I Mean Tweet.

It was four years ago that I attended a dry yet helpful seminar on learning WordPress.  Soon after I sat down at my laptop and built a bare-bones website on which to enter my musings on being a parent.  Fast-forward a whole presidential term later and no one is more surprised than me that in a few short weeks Pulseonparenting.com will reach 200 posts. When I hit publish on  “Hello World (the sequel)”  back in 2013 I thought I was embarking on a fun, new hobby that indulged my love for writing.  I never expected to still be here on…

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Happy Mothers’ Day to the Working Mommas ( aka, all of us)

  “Do you work?” I haven’t been asked this question, in this way, for awhile.  And how thankful I am for that, for those three little words stir something in me that can only be described as unpleasant (and a little gross):  a turbulent goo sloshes in my stomach, a heat rises in my chest and a fog clouds my brain.  The sensation isn’t quite anger or embarrassment but a discomfort, unease at having to respond that while I don’t have a career outside the home, I do indeed work within it as a mother and homeschooler and writer. Am…

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The Boy Scout Law, Updated

  Every Boy Scout knows the Scout Law like the back of his hand (and can recite it so fast it sounds like one word): A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Although it wouldn’t flow trippingly off the tongue, I think after “clean” should come really, we mean it.  And thrown in somewhere should be: Awkward.  Really, really awkward. I don’t suggest this to poke fun, I’m truly being sympathetic.  Being 13-ish is tough and it shows.  I remember my own middle school experience and it was no fun, but on…

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