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So if you don’t live in New Jersey, you may not have a clue what I’m talking about.  Then again, most folks living outside of NJ look at our Sopranos / NJ Turnpike / how do you live with that many people in such a small state and raise...
Ah, Tweendom. Hopefully you enjoyed last week’s part one installment, link here, and are ready for part two of things that make my head explode while parenting a tween. I really do think I'm a pretty cool mom, and of course thought that when my kids asked me questions about...
Life with a “Tween”: AKA, Tweendom is Making Me Crazy. So, my first-born and only son, Alex, turned ten this summer. TEN!  I’ve been a mom for a decade. That makes me extremely old.  It also makes the secret parenting handbook I’ve been waiting for extremely late. I was really...
A Back To School Special About LICE (AKA The Challenge of Being Able to Talk About Lice AND Remain Mentally Stable)  It’s that time of year when all the traditions of back to school take place – the pencils get sharpened, the backpacks get dusted off, new shoes are bought and...
My brother-in-law has this expression he uses, when we are all with the kids and really want to use curse words but don’t want to ruin our children at too early an age (there’s plenty of time for that), but he really has something that has surprised him, or...
December 2012: Tired of the bickering, I told the kids that there would be a competition for best-behaved child during dinner. Alex's immediate response: "Mom, can I pour you a glass of wine?" Brian: Come on, Alex, we have baseball at 9 today. Time to finish breakfast. Alex: Dad, we are...
Katie's yearly blood appointment usually brings me a particular amount of panic. I've never been a big fan of needles but I tolerate them for important things like vaccines against fatal illnesses and blood draws to make sure there's no evil story going on inside a body. Especially the...
Katie: MOM! ALEX IS MAKING ME SO UPSET! Me: Katie, only you can make you upset.It's up to you not to let him bother you all the time. You're in charge of your own emotions. Katie: That's not true! Me: Yes, Katie, remember in the Princess Barbie Charm School movie? Blair told...
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