I think my kids think I’m magic, but how can I blame them? I do seem to always make it happen — whatever IT is. This time of year, the “it” seems to be Halloween costumes. From last-minute festive...
A few weeks ago, I found myself back at a playground in our old neighborhood. My oldest son had a basketball game in the area, and I let my twins play on the playground while his team warmed up...
"Hey," I say as I lean toward a student in the front row, "Phones are not allowed in class, remember? Please put yours away." "Hold on a sec," the student replies energetically, "I’m about to catch a Pokémon!" "And, it’s a...
We focus on making sure our kids have all of the right supplies for school: Binders: CHECK! Pencils: CHECK! Lined paper: CHECK! But do they have "supplies"? *wink, wink* The essentials that every budding young lady needs on hand in case Mother Nature...
My second time enduring middle school, this time as a parent, I thought I was prepared. What I wasn’t prepared for was the time machine that transported me back to 1985 to feel the exact same emotions and insecurities...
My oldest is going away for five weeks this summer. On her own. In a city. In a BIG city. Without us. Sure she'll be supervised and in groups and has to check in and out. But. Even when I...
When we moved to Jacksonville, our boys were 2.5 and 5 years old and had never previously shared a room. We gave them their own spaces initially, but after struggling to find space for our home office in the...
Parents of babies and young kids, prepare yourself now. Youth rec sports is not what it used to be. Perhaps it is because we live in the second fastest-growing city in the country, but what we’ve experienced since my...
"Alright, here I go," said my 14-year-old with an eye roll as she got out of the car at morning drop off the Monday after Taylor Swift's Tampa concerts and corresponding build-up mania at school. "Be nice! You'd be excited...
Where the hell is the manual, “How to Raise Children”? At least a Dummies Guide would be helpful. And if you’re like me, I have one child and zero previous experience from an older sibling to guide me in...
As a fellow mom of two (older) girls, I understand the importance of discussing menstruation with our daughters. It's a natural and normal part of growing up, but it can be challenging to know when is the best time...
Expectations were high. The time in my life focused on the all-consuming nature of motherhood was coming to a close, and as my last child walked out the front door with shower caddy and egg crate mattress pad in hand,...

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