Elementary School Parents: 19 Kinds You’ll Find in Every School

When you think about it, an elementary school is a microcosm of society. Nearly every facet of American culture is represented in the diverse assemblage of students, teachers, staff, and parents. And while schools like to emphasize their uniqueness and set themselves apart by, say, picking a prey animal for their mascot or avowing a farm-to-table cafeteria, they are more alike than they are different. In fact, certain features of public education transcend district boundaries, and the characters within become […]

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You’ll Never Believe all the Crap in This Messy Mom Car

Since having kids, my car has taken on a life of it’s own. No matter how hard I try, it becomes a landfill in a matter of hours. Between school drop off and pickups, traveling to Cub Scouts and dance lessons, and of course, constant trips to the grocery story, pediatrician and pharmacy, we spend an average of two hours per day in the car. My husband and I have a long-standing argument friendly debate about how to keep a […]

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Here Are 17 Reasons Why Game Of Thrones Is Exactly Like Parenting

There are two things I happily look forward to each year; one is the start of a new school year and the second is a new season of Game of Thrones. Watching over the past seven seasons has become a ritual in my house. Each Sunday we put the kids to sleep a little extra early so we can prepare ourselves for a new emotionally charged episode. However nothing is more emotional than the season finale and the impending realization […]

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Toy Clean Up.. or Not! | The Day We Didn’t Clean Up ANY Toys

The more toys you have, the more toys there are the clean up. And for some reason, kids never find toy clean up as fun as toy playing. Living in a one-bedroom apartment, we try to keep clutter (including toys!) to a minimum. I’ve tried all kinds of storage systems and toy clean up rules, like “no more than two toys out at a time.” But inevitably, a few hours into the day, I’d be tripping over toy cars and […]

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Parents’ Pact | Join Us

When world events make us feel powerless, what can we, as parents, do? As parents, we have AMAZING power to create change. Just by vowing to teach our children to love. What if we all banded to together as parents, to send a message to the world? That no matter how we lean politically, we are united as parents that all want the same things for our children and their future. So I urge you to SIGN and to agree to […]

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Child Ready to Clean? | 7 Ways to Tell

Last weekend I decided to clean out our awfully messy minivan. You know, the typical mom-van that has goldfish, cheerios and chip crumbs everywhere, along with spills of unknown contents. After I had cleaned out our van my son said very emphatically, “Thank youuuu, Mom, for cleaning the van. It really needed to be done.” My first thought, was “Wow, you’re welcome?” I didn’t realize my lack of cleanliness was affecting his personal style. Then, I realized if it’s affecting […]

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Giveaway: Potter-Inspired Comedy Now Has Family-Friendly Matinees

​Puffs is a Potter inspired off-Broadway show for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The comedy that “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they […]

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Family Vacations: The Secret So They Don’t Suck

  We plan them way in advance, spend too much money on them and look forward to them as if they were some cosmic event.  Vacations are our time to put work aside and bask in the sheer joy of being a family. Can’t you just hear the waves crashing and feel the sunshine on your skin as you are reading this? BULLS#it! In fact, I am pretty sure the thought of vacation is what gets us through work for […]

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When a Mom is “Alone” with her Thoughts

Once upon a time, a mom was alone with her thoughts… We all know that’s a fairy tale. There’s a running monologue in my head 24/7, that is often both nonsensical and disorganized. If I were an internet browser, I’d have too many tabs open at once and quite a few webpages would be crashing. No matter how many lists, apps, and calendars I have,  it’s hard to keep track. Life stuff. Work stuff. Kid stuff. Love stuff. Health stuff. […]

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5 Animals that are Worse at Sleeping than Your Kid | Darn Sleep Training

If you have kids who have slept for at least five straight hours since birth, first, tell me your secret, then stop reading. OK, you don’t have to stop reading, you can laugh along with the rest of us miserable, tired parents. I am not sure who passed on the this sleep aversion to our children. I blame my husband for my oldest’s bizarre nightmares and sleep walking episodes. I am probably at fault for our youngest being wide-eyed and […]

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