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Best Friends

In my family growing up, there were three girls and one boy (and he was the youngest; poor kid). My husband grew up with a twin brother. Watching my husband and his brother interact over the years made me realize how unique and special brother relationships are. I’d never seen two brothers like that. I […]

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Teaching Kids about Diversity through Children’s Books

The AAP recommends that parents read books to their kids from BIRTH through **at least** Kindergarten. Evidence has shown, time and again, that children who are read to, especially at that young age, experience stronger parent-child relationships AND learn valuable language and reading skills. Win-win.  As a white parent, it has always been easy to […]

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Cooper is “Retarded”

Yep, you read that correctly.  Since my seven-year-old son’s IQ is below 70, he would’ve been classified, at least until September of 2013 when the Social Security Administration officially got rid of the term, as mentally retarded.  Cooper is a sweet, strong, innocent, awesome, amazing, wonderful child. He loves to dance, sit outside in the […]

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Non Restaurant Valentine’s Dates

Ah Valentine’s Day. I have a love/hate relationship with the greeting card invented holiday. On the one hand, I love that there is a holiday devoted to love and relationships. On the other hand, it feels very mass marketed and forced. I also HATE (sorry, I’m trying to get my kid not to say “hate”) […]

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What I’ll Miss

I have this parenting app on my phone. Shocking, right? I honestly don’t remember what it is called, but basically it sends me a text message once a week asking me a question about one of my three children. Usually, it’s simple things: Does Semmes sleep with a night-light? Does Cooper like to dance? Things […]

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Little Victories

Today, my four-year-old colored in the lines AND colored something all the way in. He was very proud of himself. For a bit of background, my four-year-old is a perfectionist: if he can’t do something perfectly the first time, he shuts down and often refuses to try again for weeks. Last Christmas, we got him […]

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