I failed my six-year-old. A couple of weeks after school started I received a text from my son's teacher. Looking more closely, I saw she had sent me the spelling test he had completed a few days earlier. During the...
I grew up a sports fan. My dad was a coach and I spent most of my formative years on some kind of sideline. I played basketball and ran track, but I loved watching sports of any kind. I...

Parent FOMO

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My oldest son’s name is Callan; we call him Cal for short. He just turned four years old, and we are eager to watch him grow while engaging in an activity or sport he enjoys. My excitement paired with...
“Mandatory Fun” is what we coined it in the Air Force. I distinctly remember sitting in a classroom at MacDill AFB circa 2012 watching and listening to a Tech Sgt bounce a yellow stress ball with a smiley face...

Glass Half Full?

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  My second-grade daughter had a spelling test recently. I asked her how it went, and she replied (very confidently), “Mom, the important thing is that I got more right than I got wrong.” I asked her what her grade was,...
Do you know most people find it hard to tell their children no? I know I have a difficult time. My husband does not. A few weeks ago, my six-year-old son came up to me, and we had this conversation: Child:...
I love one-hit wonder songs. My cell phone’s ringtone is a one-hit wonder, Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve. If you aren’t familiar with the term “one-hit wonder,” the phrase is used to describe any entity that achieves mainstream popularity...

The “Vanimal”

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  As a young mom, I swore I would NEVER drive a minivan. Cool moms did not drive minivans. I wasn't a cool mom, never have been, but I felt like the minivan would seal my fate. Now, years later, I sound...
I swear every time I took my daughter to the park, the chorus to Private Eyes by Hall & Oates would echo in my mind: Private eyesThey’re watching youThey see your every move. I couldn't escape other women gawking and gossiping...

Mom on Strike

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It may not look like your standard picket line, but this mom is officially on strike. Don't believe me? Just watch as I pick up all the clothes and toys littered around the house and ceremoniously place them in a garage...

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Guide to Kids Eat Free/Cheap

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