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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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No Shame: I Sleep When The Baby Sleeps

Ever since my adolescent years, I have been a huge fan and advocate of sleep. In high school, I would look forward to an afternoon nap and sleeping in on weekends. In college, my love of sleep and napping grew stronger. When my roommate and I would have the expected late nights, we would make sure we caught up on our sleep the next day. We even crafted our own creative “do not disturb” signs for our siestas on the white board that hung from our dorm room door. Post-college…

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Deciding to Redshirt My Kindergartener

If you are a fan of college sports, you’ve likely heard the term “redshirting” referring to keeping a college athlete out of competition for a year in order to develop their skills without losing a year of playing eligibility. If you are the parent of a five-year-old with a summer birthday, you might have also heard of it in terms of kindergarten. Redshirting for Kindergarten has become a popular topic in suburban America as some parents worry about giving their children an academic leg up, and others fear pushing a…

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#RealityMoms Guide to Baby and Toddler Easter Baskets

Spring has sprung. It soon will be that time of year again where a mystical, humanized rabbit comes hopping down the magical bunny trail bringing treats to all the good little boys and girls of the world, or something like that. Parents everywhere are preparing to be “Bunny’s Helper” and fill little baskets with treats and fun for their little ones. This can be a difficult task for babies who are not yet old enough to do much at all or young toddlers who are too little to express their…

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#RealityDad: Learning Challenges and Deciding to Get Tested

It began with a meeting to discuss Darcy’s “challenges”, a euphemism for the word “deficits” that was used when I was a boy. I’ve always hated both. The former reeks of some sort of 1984 Newspeak and the latter is rife with potentially detrimental consequences. Regardless of my thoughts neither word is one a parent wants to hear in context with one’s child. My daughter Darcy, all of six and in first grade, had been performing below grade level for some time and in many ways the meeting wasn’t a…

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