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The Case for New Year’s Resolutions

People are pretty bad at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. It’s hard to defend making resolutions—especially if you measure success solely by the number of pounds lost or habits kicked for good. For me, though, the value in New Year’s Resolutions comes from the process, even if they fall by the wayside before February. History is on my side, as New Year’s Resolutions date back to ancient times. It’s a practice that has endured for millennia. Here are some reasons why I think it’s still worth making New Year’s Resolutions. “The…

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Science Says: Early School Starts are Unhealthy

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I fumble around in the pitch dark to turn it off and then lie very still so that I can listen for sounds in the house. A few small noises from down the hall let me know that my daughter is up and going. As my feet hit the floor, I exhale a small sigh of relief that she rousted herself out of bed without help. I walk downstairs, wiping the sleep out of my eyes so that I can clearly admire…

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7 Ways Divorce is Like Childbirth

I’ve never considered myself to be an overly strong person. I have good qualities, but fortitude has never really one of them. The two experiences in my life that have shown me that I am stronger than I think am: childbirth and divorce. And when you think about it, those two processes have a lot of similarities. 7 Ways Divorce is Like Childbirth 1. Each birth and each divorce experience is unique.Moms who have more than one child often say that their pregnancies were radically different. Just as each pregnancy…

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#RealityMom Challenge: Being a Good Digital Parent

I’ve written a lot about digital parenting but I was still rather shocked when my daughter opened her first smartphone at Christmas and had a text from Santa’s Twerkshop. The unexpected issues and curveballs of digital parenting became apparent within literally the first five minutes of her possessing a device that essentially gives her access to the entire online world. It’s not like she hadn’t been online before, and she’s had a “dumb” phone, but our family definitely entered new territory when she got a smartphone. In the few weeks that she has…

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4 Parent-Teacher Conference Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone is back in school, and teacher conferences are around the corner. There are definitely some parent-teacher conference mistakes to avoid. How do I know? I’ve made them. This year marks my tenth year of parent-teacher meetings, and I’ve learned a thing or two over the past decade. I’m sharing some of the errors I have made so that you can avoid them and make the most of parent-teacher night. Talking too much I’m a talker by nature. While that’s usually fine, parent-teacher conferences are all about listening as a…

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