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Pinterest Pressures

Oh, for the love. We have to do “last day of school” pictures now? I didn’t even get around to doing the “first day” ones, let alone have them pose with a Pinterest inspired chalkboard or a burlap-covered-something-or-other with their school year, age, future job choice, and favorite kind of cookie. When will the madness end?! Is […]

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Cultivating Compassion in our Children

One of my favorite quotes says, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” by the Dalai Lama.  As a teacher, I do believe traditional education is important. Our students need reading and writing skills. They need to be problem solvers, and it would be nice if they all had that investigative desire. But what I […]

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New Mom | Believe Me

Believe Me: A New Mom’s Take On These Common Words

“Believe Me.” I never would have thought these two words could possibly make me cringe. In all fairness to those two words, they are usually accompanied by one particular phrase that I would be happy to never hear again.  “Oh, don’t look forward to (‘xyz’ milestone) because of (‘xyz’ inconvenience that comes with it).” The literal words are […]

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The Melody of Grace

“Geez O Pete!” My foot slammed on the break as vehemently as the words flew out of my mouth. “What is going on? Are all the stupid people in the city out driving today?” This particular four way stop has been the bane of my existence since we moved to the area nearly five years […]

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A Music Journey: Raising the Next Yo-Yo Ma

My five-year-old son likes to ask questions. Sometimes they drive me absolutely bonkers. But there are other times where I truly enjoy them. My favorites always relate to music whether it’s my favorite song, who the artist is, or even what instruments are playing. But the one question that has filled me with the greatest pride […]

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Give Your Children Time to be Bored

Mom, I’m bored! Sound familiar? Recently, I dropped my son off for a playdate. Ironically, as I was preparing to leave, my friend and mother of two amazing kiddos assured me that she had activities planned for our boys. I told her she didn’t have to do that, as I am ok with the kids […]

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Why I chose to start celebrating my husband!

Let me start off by saying, I knew this man would make a wonderful dad.   I had no exact measurement of this; he grew up the youngest in his family with no younger relatives. This guy had NEVER changed a diaper in his life! Needless to say, he proved himself well.   The day […]

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