#RealMomGiftGuide Back-to-School Mom Hacks

I know that back-to-school time is pure hell for some. I do have a few things up my sleeve ready for when all hell breaks loose and I need a “save me” product to put a smile on your kids’ faces. All of them. Including the dog & hubby. I mean face it…we #RealityMoms DO take care of EVERYONE, don’t we? #RealMomGiftGuide Back-to-School Mom Hacks Super-Me Backpacks Do you have a Super Hero on your hands? Are they headed to school/daycare? Do they need a little motivation? Well, the is…

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Please, Stop Asking “Are You Going Back To Work?”

After what felt like a short maternity leave with my son (or as we American women know it “short-term disability”), I went back to working in my office job. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to telecommute two days a week. Still, I spent lots of time in the car, shuttling my baby to daycare in the morning, then driving over an hour away to work. My son was in care all day until my husband would retrieve him on his way home from work and take him home via…

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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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The Reality Of Missing School And Chronic Absenteeism

For many of us school really just started – and not a moment too soon! I know you know exactly what I am talking about. That small celebration that goes on in your head after the school shopping is done and you cry a few tears after dropping them off for their first day back. FREEDOM. Even if just for a little while. Or maybe you are like me and you had one more quick trip, that was work related, but also meant a quick and fun vacation for the…

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Letting Our Children Grow By Letting Them Fail

This week one of my kiddos learned about consequences. It totally sucked. This kid missed a deadline and as a result received a pretty (in my opinion) severe consequence. My child was upset and is still pretty devastated. Guess what I did? NOTHING. No phone calls, no arguing on this kid’s behalf…nothing. I’m so over parents fixing problems for their children. My kid screwed up and has to pay the price. In the scheme of things, it’s so not a big deal even though–at the moment–it seems like the end…

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