I Fit in: Pour Your Heart Out

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“I wouldn’t want to go to school there,” my oldest said, of the school where their karate lessons take place, as we were driving home. “It’s okay for karate, but it’s not nice, like our school. I definitely wouldn’t want to go there,” he informed me, as if there were any question about my boys [...]

At Night: Pour Your Heart Out

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I sleep better when my husband is beside me. The comfort of the idea of someone who would protect me eases my mind even if in practice he sleeps so soundly he wouldn’t hear any of those scary things that go bump in the night. But when he’s not here and I’m sleeping alone, I [...]

Moms, Stop Saying This about Math

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There are times when I look at my fourth grader’s math homework these days and just shake my head. My biggest problem with the recent changes in math is that what I assume was intended to teach kids to think about problems in different ways is now forcing them to think in one specific way [...]

Two Tales of the Same Day: Pour Your Heart Out

What we see of someone’s day, whether it’s from running into them at school drop-off or by seeing what they post on social media, often doesn’t tell the whole story. Let’s take one day last week as an example. Just going by who would have seen me or what you could tell from twitter and [...]

When to Be Mama Bear and When to Chill

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There are some battles that my boys need to learn to fight for themselves. I can’t be there for every moment of their lives and they need to know how to stand up for themselves. But there are some times when Mama Bear needs to come out. I will stick up for my kids and [...]

Seeing the World Through Blue Colored Glasses

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I’m a mom to all boys. So, I know that sometimes I view things through “blue-colored” glasses. Of course I want young girls to feel empowered and to have plenty of opportunities and be treated fairly. It’s not like I wasn’t a young girl once. And I used to teach and worked to make sure [...]

Making the Best of the Moment

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We were wet. That kind of amusement park wet you get when someone decides it would be a really great idea to try one of those giant tube-like water rides, where there’s always one seat that doesn’t get wet at all(usually the person suggesting the ride) and everyone else gets splashed or dunked under a [...]

Finding Our People: Pour Your Heart Out

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I asked my youngest how his first day of kindergarten went, if he knew anyone in his class. He said, “No, but I made friends. Everyone in my class wants to be my friend.” That’s just his personality. He hasn’t met anyone who isn’t a friend. I guess it’s just my personality, being introverted, where [...]

Anything Can Be: Pour Your Heart Out

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It seems no matter what choices you make, whether they are about your kids, your marriage, your job, something you are doing for you, there’s always, always, always someone out there who tells you should be doing something different. That it’s not the choice they would make and they list their reasons. That you should [...]

What I’ll Do with Myself: Pour Your Heart Out

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My youngest is starting kindergarten this fall. It will be the first year when all of my kids will be in school full day, 5 days a week. Go ahead. Say it.  Ask me what I’m going to do with myself, with all this free time, ask if I’ll be bored, if it’s time for [...]