Fathers Do Not Babysit

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I need to take a moment to rant about an epidemic I’m hearing lately that really grinds my gears. My issue, you ask? When people say a father is “babysitting” the kids. When did this become an acceptable thing to say in the 21st century? Just to be clear: my husband has never and would […]

Home to Roost

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So, after ten years of pining for chickens, two weeks ago, three generations piled into the van and took a drive to a chicken farm in Connecticut to pick up four new family members, whom we have affectionately dubbed “the girlies.” And the girlies are just awesome in every way. Not yet old enough to […]

Just. Sit. Down.

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Like just about all mothers, after taking care of the kids, getting them into bed, tidying up the house, finishing other household chores and getting things in order to do it all over again tomorrow, very rarely do I have time to sit down and chill out anymore. Well, during a particularly busy week, I […]

Constellation Night Light

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Looking for a fun and educational craft you can do with your little one? In trying to find a way to quell my son’s fear of the dark, we came up with this fun and interactive project that not only helped him enjoy his room when the lights were out, but taught him a little […]

Can Mommy Put Her Pants On?!

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I am a high school teacher, which means that I have summers off, which can be a sensitive subject for many people. I am not here to get into the politics or efficacy of educators having summers off; instead, I’m here to tell you that I have children now, so I DO NOT HAVE SUMMERS […]

4th of July Activity Sheets

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Celebrating holidays or special occasions with kids can be difficult. Not only do you have to keep your party guests entertained and fed, you have to make sure the kids are having fun, too – so much work, it’s enough to put a damper on your mood and your party! No more! We found these […]

Sleep Doesn’t Come Cheap

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I really like sleep. I mean, I really, really like it. Other adjectives I can use in regards to my nocturnal behavior include, but are not limited to: covet, adore, enjoy, worship, relish. According to National Geographic’s documentary “Sleepless in America,” 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. How many of those do you think […]

Dads: The Importance of Being a Pop

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“My plan,” mom explained to me in the car yesterday, “was to get home before your father, clean the house, prepare the food, and have everything ready for him by the time he came home. And I did the same when I became a mom. But times have changed.” This was the dynamic between my […]

Co-op Preschools: An Alternative to Expensive Preschooling

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Our older son will be starting preschool in the fall and we have been checking out local parent participation schools in our area, also known as co-op preschools. Parent participation nursery schools and preschools are founded on the principle that the best education comes from an active partnership between parents, teachers and children. What drew us […]

Quality Time: Getting Out Into Nature

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We live so close to the beach, the coast, and so many hiking trails, but we rarely take the time to get out and enjoy them with my husband’s busy schedule and two young children. Honestly, it can take us up to two hours to get everyone ready to leave the house anytime we go out. But last […]