Let Them Grow: What It Really Feels Like To Miss Your Child’s Firsts

There are so many firsts in life: the first taste, first step, first grade, and the list goes on until it exhales from memory altogether. We experience life at our own pace, but everything changes when you have kids. You start doing things according to their schedule, not yours. You feed them when they want to be fed, not when it is supper time. You lay them down after they fall asleep, not always before. And when they want to become more independent, you step back and give them the…

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10 Things To Teach Your Kids Before College

I can’t believe my daughter Gabrielle’s freshman year of college is almost in the books. After so much preparation in the visiting and selection process, Gabrielle found the perfect college for her…in Boston…five hours from home. After many boxes of tissues and deep breaths, this mom has finally adjusted to having one less kid at home. It’s a very different feeling but knowing how happy she is, makes the adjustment easier. After all, if they are happy, you are happy. As parents, happiness is all we want for our kids….

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Going the Distance

It’s almost 11 p.m. We’re waiting for her call. Byron would like to go to sleep. Yet I would like him to be the one who responds to her. My legs are tired. I’m in my pajamas, a glass of wine on the side table. When she calls or texts, she will tell us she’s home from the track meet, that the bus is in the high school parking lot. One of us will walk the three blocks to the school to retrieve her. If I could drive over, I’d…

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We Fight Our Battles Together

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. If I am being honest, my daughter came into this world pushing me away. She was independent from the moment she was born. Sure, she relied on me for food and a diaper change, but rarely for affection. I have always needed her more than she has needed me. She is an introspective person, born an old soul. She seems to take great pleasure telling me what she thinks I am doing wrong—constantly reminding me that we MUST be…

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Letter to My Daughter on her First Day of High School

Dear Daughter, Tomorrow you start high school and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I know you’re worried about remembering your locker combination and which staircase to take, and yes, I’ve already bugged you today by showing you the photo from your first day of kindergarten. But if you’d be so kind as to indulge me just a little more, I wanted to share a few thoughts before you head out the door bright and early tomorrow morning. I hope you will be brave. I know that a new…

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