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As someone who grew up camping and spending hours in the woods, I knew I wanted to raise kids who loved being outside as much as I did. When we first had kids though, we lived on a Milwaukee...
I stopped making my kids' lunch, and I don't regret it. This is a bad mom post, and by "bad" I mean I'm not the stereotypical cookie cutter 1950s TV mom, but I'm honest. We eat organic 100% so I...

Give Homework a Chance

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I’m a fan of homework. There, I said it. I feel better now. Homework is something we come across on a long path of lifelong learning. I don’t believe in three hours of homework a night, or homework on...
It all started so innocently. Four years ago, changing my wiggly then 18-month-old’s diapers was an aerobic event that often left me breathless. One day, in an effort to get her cleaned up with less struggle, I handed her my...
Winter is here in full effect. This week, the weather forecast looks brutal, and parents in the Milwaukee area are bracing themselves for a snow day or two. Facing multiple days of school cancellations can be daunting to parents....
My youngest daughter was a thumb sucker. The first two loved pacifiers, but not the youngest. She sucked her thumb in the womb. It's clear on the ultrasound picture. We knew then it would be a tough habit to break. We...
My husband and I were enjoying a quiet date night when we got the call: a neighbor found lice in our daughter's hair. Nothing ends a peaceful dinner faster than that news. Immediately, I panicked. In my 40-plus years, I...
When someone asks me what I do, I want to say everything. Or nothing. Instead, I say I'm a Stay at Home Mom. When I tell them my kids are in school, they give me a funny look. Even though they...

Dinnertime Is the Best Time

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Our household runs on rules. And while I am getting better at relaxing many of my rules, there’s one that I will not budge on: family dinnertime. Eating dinner together is mandatory in my house. Everyone eats together, at the...

Parenting Tall Kids

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"He needs to order off of the adult’s menu." This is a typical statement made by restaurant servers. Our kids are tall, like really tall. At almost fourteen, our oldest is creeping up on six feet; our eight year old...

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