I discovered recently that my default answer is, "No." I'm not sure where this came from or why, but I can become so overwhelmed by the reasons why something is a bad idea that I can't see all the...
If you're a parent, you know how challenging summer can be. Stay-at-home moms of littles struggle the constant presence of their "tiny blessings." Working moms of littles schedule babysitters and summer camp like a job while working their actual...
I’m not exaggerating when I say that my son is rarely alone for more than five minutes. I know this because I am rarely alone for more than five minutes. And, it’s exhausting! From the minute my 8-year-old wakes...
I fancy myself a hip parent. It doesn’t matter that I’ve only used four out of the 50 colors in my Morphe palette, and although I follow certain "influencers," I don't really understand what that means. At least I...
Sam Morrisson's aunt Rita went to her doctor with flu-like symptoms. On her drive home that afternoon, she received an urgent call from her doctor. Rita was informed to pack her bags and drive to Duke Medical Center as...
Kids say a lot of things — some are sweet, some are loving, some are hilarious, some inappropriate, and some just completely maddening — and by that, I mostly mean the high-pitched, whining of “It’s not faaaaaaaaiiirrrrr!” Every time this...
I was standing off to the side watching my 16-year-old daughter and her friends take selfies after a soccer banquet, and I saw it. She had found her tribe. The girls who would be there for the moments —...
My sophomore daughter has scheduled her SATs, and the reality that these are some of the first steps in preparing for college has truly hit home. Talks about where she might like to go when she graduates and what...
My twins were starting middle school at a school across town, many more miles away than what we had grown accustomed to in elementary. Our new middle school would mean longer rides home, mostly on a bus, even transferring...
I thought I was doing all the right things. I sent him to the best school we could afford. He was involved in every sport and activity he was interested in. He had a great crew of boys and...
When my oldest was born, I couldn’t wait for all the “firsts.” First smile, first laugh, first time she rolled over… I was there for all of it, most of the time with my phone camera perched, ready to experience...
When kids are young, it’s easy to tell when they are too old for a toy. They stop playing with it and move on to something else or their bodies quite literally will no longer fit. But what about...

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