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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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When a Loved One is Seriously Ill
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Someone Else’s Bratty Kid
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Nurturing Creativity in Our Children: More Mess, More Time
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Standardized Testing: a Primer
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Hooray for Super Bowl Commercials…But Should Our Kids Watch Them?
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The Happiness Project
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Calling All Family and Friends of In Vitro Fertilization Kids

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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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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Nurturing Creativity in Our Children: More Mess, More Time

  Creativity:  putting things together in novel ways, or seeing the world, or a given problem, with fresh eyes. (ahaparenting.com) “Oh, my, he’s such a mess!!” Grandma could barely get the words out through her laughter.  Her loving observation of my older son at age three was spot on.  There he was, sitting at our kitchen table working on crafts:  stuff was piled everywhere, stuck together randomly with glue from a dripping bottle.  His clothes were streaked with food (oddly, even now, breakfast is on his person before he’s even had any), his face mustachioed with lunch. The perfect picture of a…

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Standardized Testing: a Primer

March Madness!!!! I never realized how zany a month March is.  I mean, take a look: ~Will March arrive like a lamb or a lion? Wait.  No one really cares that much about that anymore, do they? ~NCAA basketball, the ultimate in cager mania.  Go Skyhawks!!! (Fort Lewis College, NCAA II tourney, in case you b-ball enthusiasts were curious.) Wait.  They lost.  Darn.  Well, there’s always next year… ~The beginning of daylight savings time!  More sunlight after dinner! Wait.  Actually, who likes “spring ahead?” I was so tired I accidentally made decaf the morning after.  Not. Good. Anyway, what seems…

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Hooray for Super Bowl Commercials…But Should Our Kids Watch Them?

Super Bowl 50 is just around the corner, which only means one thing.  Well, two.  The first being if your adoptive home is Colorado, and your son’s new favorite team is the Denver Broncos, then you are thrilled.  And the second is all those original, entertaining commercials, which for many (myself included) are the reason to tune into the game.  So anticipated are these ads, they seem to get at least as much post-game chatter as the game itself. Which is interesting because apparently my generation (X) is a pretty jaded bunch.  As in, more resistant to the influence of…

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The Happiness Project

Forget your troubles, come on get happy You better chase all your cares away Shout Hallelujah, come on get happy ~from the song Get Happy by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, performed by Judy Garland in Summer Stock (1950) If you smile, you will feel happy.  There are some pretty fun studies out there to help support this.  Just try it yourself.  Smile, and you start to feel exactly what the upturned corners of your mouth show. But is feeling happy the same as being happy?

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Calling All Family and Friends of In Vitro Fertilization Kids

I have never made it a secret that my twin boys are the product of science…I’ve “put it out there” since my husband and I shared the good news that we were finally expecting.  And we’ve talked to our boys about their beginning, showing them pictures and telling them about the special doctor who helped us become pregnant with them. We found a wonderful age-appropriate book to read to all three of our kids (our daughter, conceived the “old-fashioned way” finds it especially interesting), back when they were in Kindergarten.  Since then, I’ve looked for a book that is directed…

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