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The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings

My most cherished Thanksgiving took place several years ago, when my children were all under 10. At that point, most of our Thanksgivings had been at home.  My husband and I both hate to venture out on Thanksgiving weekend.  We especially despise traveling with three kids who relish bickering in public places like airports and relatives’ houses.  So for years we stayed … [Read More...]


10 Ways To Help Your Child Become A Better Writer

If your kids are like mine, they don't take well to their parents giving them advice on much of anything -- academics, athletics, you name it. In many ways, I am thankful for this. My kids are independent and have learned to do their homework on their own. But I had to step in recently to help my middle-schooler with a term paper that needed a lot of help. I started with … [Read More...]


My Daughter’s Growing Up And I Hate It

So, I took a bunch of time off to finish my new book, but thank you to everyone who texted and emailed and left Facebook messages wondering if and when I’d be back. I’m back! And here’s what happened while I was gone. Six months ago, I had a daughter who was in elementary school. Although she was rapidly getting taller and looking less and less like a child, she was … [Read More...]


Accidental Co-Sleeping: How to Get the Kids Out of Your Bed?

Last weekend my kids had a sleepover at my sister Melissa’s house. Apparently when they were going to sleep, Nora asked if she could sleep in Melissa’s bed with her. Then she shared this gem with everyone: “My mom let me sleep in her bed one time when I threw up on my pillow twice.” Then Alex added: “And I slept with my mom once after I ate a peanut and almost … [Read More...]