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Why do they all need a trophy?

Remember when you had to try out for the team or audition for the school musical—then, wait to see if you actually made it? Now, you just signup. Everyone makes the team. Everyone gets to sing in the choir. And, everyone wins a trophy. Once upon a time, I practiced so hard to make the […]

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Why should I feel guilty?

For so many years, I was just Mom. I got up, fed the kid, washed clothes, played Barbies, cooked dinner, cleaned up toys, ran errands, played games and collapsed in exhaustion at the end of each night. A shell of a mom, not fit for human interaction. By the time my 2nd child came a […]

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Why is This One Always Sick?

In Fairytale Land, there is always a Princess. She is with me 100% of the time. There are also 3 other children in Fairytale Land, The Heir Apparent (15), Her Royal Highness (13) and the Little Man (5). There exists an arrangement amongst the population of Fairytale Land whereby the 3 aforementioned children visit every […]

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Why am I constantly trying to do it all?

Admittedly, I created a problem for myself.  I tend to over commit to everything.  I so badly want to be involved in all of the activities the princess wants to do.  I want to be there for Girl Scouts and dance, and I would love to be the room mom at school. But, the reality […]

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Who takes care of me?

Last night, my ferret died. Actually, I’m calling it early this morning so I don’t have to remember it as Lorelai’s birthday. This morning, I put on a happy face, took my daughter to school and participated in her birthday celebration. Now, I am grieving, but the hard part comes this afternoon—we have to tell […]

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What happened to piñatas and tea parties?

Among my girls’ friends, we’re kind of known for awesome birthday parties. I have always gone out of my way to make their day special, and find unique ways to celebrate with their friends. It started with just one child, and the parties were pretty typical. We’d have a bowling party with the whole extended […]

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