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My Kids Take Melatonin: Don’t Judge Me

My children take melatonin. Every. Single. Night. We refer to their nightly doses as their “meds.” As in, “Are you ready to brush your teeth, or do you still need your meds?” Please know, I’ve consulted their pediatrician. What she disapproves of is calling a supplement “medication”. Otherwise, her only input is making sure we were giving each child an appropriate dosage based on age and weight. Ironically, perhaps, my husband and I were far too conservative in our dosage. When my son was little, we tried every method of sleep…

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Do Real Women Make Good Cover Girls?

Have you heard about the latest dust up to rock the fashion industry? InStyle magazine had the temerity to put Amy Schumer—in a white swimsuit no less—on the cover of their beauty issue. And the kicker is…it’s a beautiful photo. The colors, the lighting, the makeup, the whole shebang, it’s stunning. In fact, they’ve released additional photos from the shoot, and in my opinion, those are also beautiful. “What’s good about not being a model is that it’s not the thing I trade on. Once I start looking older, that won’t affect me. I have…

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to the Perfect Staycation

Although both my kids are in school, it seems like every few weeks they have holidays. Sometimes it’s just a day or two, but then they have two recesses every school term. As much as we love to travel and do fun things, we are not Ri¢hie Ri¢h’s parents. And yes, I am a stay-at-home-mom, but I’m not a cruise director.  So, rather than view every school break as a great opportunity to visit all the local museums (and in NYC, that alone could occupy weeks), or explore whatever other…

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To the Woman in the Line Next to Me at IKEA Sunday Night

You saw me with my daughter in the double stroller and my rambunctious son who was standing on the trolley being attended by my husband. My boy was playing with a $2 fake flower, and I repeatedly asked him to stop bending it. I was clearly frustrated, but too wrung out to deal with the fit that would surely happen if I forced him into a stroller. Finally I said something like, “Come on buddy, please stop that.” He looked me in the eye and said “No, Mommy, I will…

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Winter is Wonderful at Canaan Valley Resort

Have you ever thought about running away? Maybe grabbing an old friend and just taking off? Perhaps to some far-off mountains? I sure have… And a few weeks ago, I actually did it. And that’s not even the craziest part. The crazy part was that I ran away to ski. Or quite possibly die trying, because I’d never even see skis in person. As almost everything in my life does, it all started with an random, if benign, question: How would you like to go skiing? We want to send…

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