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How to Make Every Day Earth Day

Earth Day has come and gone yet each and every day we have a responsibility to take care of our planet. The one and only Earth we have is the one and only Earth we get. How to make every day Earth Day Go for a walk and take a trash bag with you. Picking up trash you see lying about will become a habit and you’ll leave the street a better place than you found it. This is especially useful after the garbage trucks have come through. You and…

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I Refuse to Send My Kids to the Same Sex Washroom Alone

“Please. Boys over six years of age use the Men’s restroom. Thank you.” What are your thoughts on this? Posted by Mom Life – Keeping it Real on Saturday, 22 April 2017 This sign has been making the rounds on Facebook. And I have only one thing to say. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?!?! Where’s the equally troubling, “Please. Girls over six years of age use the Women’s restroom. Thank you.” sign? I would not send my six-year-old child—of either gender—into a bathroom alone. Just no. Kids frequently need assistance in…

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#EpicParentingFail: How Not to Handle Your Daughter’s First Period

My first test as the mother of a “mature” young woman was a complete, total, and epic failure. I thought I’d prepared both of us for when “it” arrived. I made sure she knew what to expect, had supplies, knew what to do with said supplies. But when she repeatedly called me after the first day of school and asked what time I’d be home, I eventually got snippy on the phone and said, “THE SAME TIME I TOLD YOU THE LAST THREE TIMES YOU CALLED!” I was super annoyed…

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Touring Universities Near and Far

My oldest child, my baby, is touring universities. It’s not possible for him to be preparing to leave home in just fifteen short months. College tours started last summer with Madison, Wisconsin. Followed by Montana State, Iowa State, and University of Minnesota is right around the corner. North Dakota State University, University of Seattle, University of Iowa…all of these potential next ‘homes’ for my baby. I suppose at this point I should stop calling my football playing, taller and bigger than I am, legal driver a baby. He’s a young…

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I Used to Dread the Winter: Then I Had Kids

Winter. The time when most people hunker down, find a warm place to hang out, and dream about the summer months ahead. Not my family. We live in the upper mid-west where snow may arrive in November and stick around through the end of March. Yet my family…we seek more snow. And bigger hills. Mountains. Our spring break falls in towards the end of our winter season. After months of cold, we load our gear, download some podcasts, and start driving. Seventeen hours to our home away from home. The Mountains….

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