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A Letter to the Eldest on His Birthday

My Dear Boy, When we had you, we didn't know there would be others. We hoped, but we weren't sure. Two years later, your sister showed up and rocked our world. You were just a little guy then, but it was the middle of winter and...

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As Sacred As Ever

Introduction Are some of you a little sick of all of the marriage stuff? Of all of the rainbow pictures? I can understand that. However, I also can understand what it might have felt like if I had been told for most of my life that...

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One Day

Do you ever have one single day that feels like it has been many, many days long? Today – and, as I think about it, nearly every Thursday – feels like it was five days long. I’m throwing it back this Thursday to this same Thursday’s...

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What I Wish I’d Known

This post appeared on The Today Show's Parenting Team community site. You can click on that link and vote for it there.  (Please do, if you can, as I will post some more pieces over there from time to time). Here it is: ***** Everyone will tell you to...

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Christmas Wonder

  Mr. Rogers - that kind spirit of a man - said that during scary times we should look for the helpers. Christmastime can be scary because some (read: almost all) people get nutty.  Normal, good, kind people get nutsos.  I don't know what happens: I have...

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Throwback Thursday

  I'm throwing it back to the days when my girl would strip down to her diaper if you displeased her.  I will tell you - this is an extremely effective way to get your point across.  First, it is hard to pick up a naked-except-for-the-clothes-around-the-ankles...

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“What Did You Learn at Preschool Today?”

  Since she began school in September, my daughter comes home each day with stories about her class time.  I noticed a theme begin to emerge: when I would ask what she learned at school, her answers were always in the negative.  And they sounded a...

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When Coupling Is Hard

  I believe the third rail (if you're not a city person, that's the rail you don't want to touch) in the writing world is the honest discussion of marriage and of how having young children changes marriage (life gets real - real fast).  Petty grievances...

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The Climb

  Observations on Life from Climbing Sand Dunes: Some people get to the top first; others arrive last.  Some people never make it to the top at all, but play in the sand all along the way, twirling, crawling, rolling, and getting sand in and on every part...

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