My mother never hovered over me. She shooed me outside and went about her business; baking, cleaning, and visiting with her friends. I don’t think she ever thought twice about any of this. Children played outside so that moms could get something done. Today, I watch my daughter playing with her blocks on the floor, …

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One of the things about growing older is that you’ve had time to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. I have figured out that I really like to be all alone and in the quiet. This is really bad because it’s summer and I have two very loud children. They are so …

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I haven’t been writing lately. There have been a million excuses, including sickness and LTYM and, you know, laundry. Oh and maybe a parasitic invasion but you’ll have to wait for my Listen To Your Mother talk to hear all about that. I’m sure you can hardly wait. When I don’t write, I start to …

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This post is up on Huffington Post today…they edited it a bit. Here is the REAL version;   As our New Year’s Resolutions start feeling a little more like crap we won’t do again this year, I thought it might be helpful to think of how we can actually bring more balance into our lives …

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I have a post up on Scary Mommy today that I wrote in December when I was trying desperately to find little blips of joy throughout some chaotic days! Today, I will enjoy my life. Even when I have to rush around getting ready for work and getting kids out the door; packing lunches, signing checks, …

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Sometimes my magic comes in the dark of the night as I stumble and tuck and soothe and repeat. I have caught my magic by it’s tail as I pushed someone higher and higher, ignoring the tempting buzz in my pocket that would take me away. It arrives at times when I’m driving and the …

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When I was a little girl, I mostly remember my Grandpa wearing Groucho Marx glasses and being that goofy Grandpa that everyone hopes for. He loved kids, he loved baseball, and he really loved herbal supplements. I mean, really, really loved them. But he must have been doing something right because he lived to be …

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A friend of mine told me recently about a study that she had read that suggested that people with kids are generally less happy than those without kids, but that they have more overall joy. Higher highs but more frequent lows, so to speak. I looked up the study and found that, statistically, they didn’t actually …

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It was THAT day. You know the day. The day began when I woke up precisely the moment after I had finally fallen asleep. I had only just fallen asleep because I had been very busy all night checking hot foreheads, cleaning up kids and administering ibuprofen and lying there worrying if maybe I shouldn’t …

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