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get used to it

May 12, 2014

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Last week while Phil was out of town on business, the school principal called to tell me that she spoke with “Kind Sir” during recess, and that he seemed very anxious, sitting with the dandelions, blowing the soft petals in…
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the answer to the dreaded play date

December 16, 2013

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Play dates aren’t something parents are supposed to dread. Watching your child bloom, share her toys, use his imagination, and problem solve should fill a parent with pride, savoring the occasion, there to witness the exact moments our children will…
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car shopping

January 5, 2013

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Last time I went car shopping, I learned that “BOY HOWDY” was Texan for “OY VEY.” It’s time to go car shopping again, this time in the Northeast, just for me. We currently own three cars, which means we’re paying…
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kid birthdays: rationalize this

November 29, 2012

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I showed L. Beckett the invitation to his sixth birthday party, the electronic last-minute card I put together, and upon seeing the glorious outline of a T-Rex (patterned with Hello Kitty), fat possum tears dribbled into his mouth. “No, Mama.…
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mess + mashup

November 19, 2012

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My day deserves a messy soundtrack, something categorized as metal scream, where you ask politely enough if someone might lower it, only for that someone to defecate on you. I’m still in my pajamas, for starters. Haven’t taken a vitamin…
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santa’s extraordinary list (a movie)

December 13, 2011

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It looked as if we’d spent the day at home practicing. “No, again! Now, once more, what will you tell Santa when he asks you what you’d like for Christmas?” Because no kid, unless he’s a film character named Travis…
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cupcakes + dinosaur train

August 18, 2011

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Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Movie – One Hour Special Dinosaur Big City premieres August 22 on PBS KIDS (check local listings) My sweet Texan Lucas and Abigail are new to the Florida Market of Friendship and haven’t quite bonded with…
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sponge children

July 26, 2011

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Yesterday I took the sprouts to their first Floridian play date. One of the camp mothers in their class had invited us to their home to splash at their community “sprayground,” to swim, then off to their house. It was…
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