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 […]

There’s Nothing Glamorous About Parenting

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So, last night, without warning, my daughter threw up in the meat department at Stop and Shop. On the floor, on herself, on the cart, on our food, on my purse…the whole nine yards. Thank goodness for the stash of reusable bags with me, as one became not-so-reusable once my daughter was through with it. […]

First Years Compared

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Our second baby just turned one and we couldn’t help but notice the insane differences we’re already seeing between our first and second-borns. Our first son Oliver is a thinker; even as an infant he was calculated and analytical, very cautious. Jake, our second, – not as cautious. Now, we get to experience the joy of […]

Use the Force, Kid

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“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi  Some of you may have heard of this little movie called Star Wars. And some of you may be aware that this little movie is coming out December 18th of this year. (But who’s paying attention?) If you’re a scrupulously geeky parent […]

The Best Opinion a New Parent Can Get

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A friend of mine recently confided to me that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby. When I hear good couples decide to move forward with this, I always get a little excited. I think, “Welcome to my team!” And then I’m immediately overcome with cautionary words that blink over my head […]

Celebrating Cesareans

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While pregnant with my first child, I created a binder. This binder full of information was my birth plan. I had a plan and a vision for how I wanted, needed, and expected things to go down. Earth Mama was going au naturel and had her CDs, candles, and hypnobirthing class under her belt. My laundry […]

Mothers, We Are Building Cathedrals

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One of my most-beloved possessions is a book about Gothic cathedrals my niece gave me years ago. Inside the book my niece inscribed a lovely message and a link to a Youtube video, of all things. Entitled “The Invisible Woman,” this video absolutely changed my life, how I feel about the 53 years I’ve known […]

Dear Morning

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Dear Morning, Listen, our relationship got off to a rocky start. You really like to burst into my life, and I’m more of an “ease into things slowly” kind of person. Countless times my babies woke me during your earliest hours simply because they were restless. I tried not to blame you. But you didn’t […]