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Nostalgia and Wanderlust, Oh My!

Have you ever had a real case of nostalgia and wanderlust and you put them together and you run around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to find the possessions you have that remind you of that event? Months and months ago, I went on the hunt for a video, taken of me, skydiving in Namibia in 2006. Pre-kids and marriage, pre-responsibility, prior to having to have a care in the world, when I travelled in places that had rogue scorpions in the outdoor washrooms. When I…

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A Sneak Peak at #RealityMoms 2017

How was your year? I often wonder what happened in others’ lives when I see or hear them say “I’m so glad this year is over.” Personally, 2016 was the best and worst year I have ever had but honestly? I don’t have any desire to go back to what has been–because it’s not my #Reality anymore. It’s history and in order for history not to repeat itself, you have to be willing to change the future, right? I’d rather look forward, and give you a sneak peak at what…

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Five More Minutes

“Five more minutes.” This is my older son’s habitual plea as my husband and I deposit him in bed each night, entreating us to stay with him as he falls asleep. New to the world of “big boy” novelties—a toddler bed and Lightning McQueen underwear chief among them—this request is one of the few remaining traces of his fast-disappearing babyhood. To be honest, I sometimes resent the request. As a stay at home mom, I am seldom without my children. The rare moments when they’re both asleep are sacred; I…

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Get Out and Vote!

I recently spent time in Australia, where it is COMPULSORY to vote in national elections. If you don’t vote, they send you a ticket with a fine. On one level, compulsory voting seems undemocratic. Who has the right to MAKE you show up at the polls??? We Americans don’t like the government to make us do anything specific. We like our autonomy. But on another level, what the heck is going on with the 40% of Americans who don’t vote? There might be some really good reasons not to vote,…

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20 Life Lessons I Want my Kids to Learn

As a psychologist, I often reflect on the things that make people happy (or rather, “content.” No one is actually “happy” all the time). Through my work I get glimpses into the things that matter—the behaviors and ways of thinking that lead to satisfaction, and those that lead to misery.  And I have come up with several life lessons that I hope my children learn: If everyone likes you, you’re doing something wrong. If you are being true to yourself, you will not please everyone all the  time. Embrace your failures…

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