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Scene: My family of four is at the water park. My husband is monitoring our oldest as she tries to gradually increase the length of the invisible tether he's keeping. He's granting her freedom to explore and I'm hanging...
So I’m a crafty mom. One that loves the invention of Pinterest, but if I’m honest, I’d be just as over the top without it. I doodle lunch notes for my school kids. Everyday. Everyday, I’ve only missed one....
My fourteen-month-old has recently discovered whining and fit-throwing. She's been spoiled by her three doting siblings, who have rushed to give her whatever she's gestured and grunted toward. However, sometimes the answer to her wants is a simple "no."  Upon...
It’s no secret that being a mom is a thankless profession, especially when your kids aren’t old enough to articulate their appreciation. Over the past 6 years, I’ve picked up on a subtle way they let me know that...
I've never been a fan of the idea that "everyone gets a trophy." In the areas of sports, I find that there are many valuable lessons to learn from losing and winning: determination, perseverance, work ethic, sportsmanship. Competition can...
There are a few holidays during the year that are my absolute favorite. Christmas and Easter are two of those holidays for more than one reason. My children rank pretty high on that list. Not only are these two...
There's something about this time of year that always makes me proud to be a Southern Louisiana native. Between Mardi Gras, perfectly crisp weather and crawfish season, it just doesn’t get any better. This year, in particular, it’s reminding...
One of the most intimidating things about motherhood is preparing these tiny humans to grow up and be self sufficient functioning humans of society. As a product of the “no, because I said so” generation, I feel I was...
"Happy birthday to my better half," is often a post I see while skimming through Facebook.  "Tomorrow I marry my better half," is a stream of consciousness post I saw when my friends and I were in the bright-eyed engagement...
"Hey! Weren't you here yesterday?" I heard this today from the front desk clerk while checking in at our pediatrician's office.  Yes, yes, I was. With the other kid, but still. It feels like we live here. Thanks for asking. My...
I’m a full-time mom. A full-time wife. A full-time friend. Sister. Sister-in-law. Cousin. Daughter. Daughter-in-law. Co-worker. The list goes on. It’s a lot of hats to wear, especially when you aren’t able to take one off. I don’t always feel...

When Reading Hurts

I have an above average child. She spoke early, she wrote early. She draws with detail. And she’s an absolute WHIZ at math. And while she loves being read to, reading is not a strong suit or a pleasure...

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