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Apr 5

April 5, 2016

EB piano

She’s Playing Her Song

Yesterday morning, E got up ***really*** early and, after breakfast, said she wanted to play the piano while she waited for me to take her to school. Did I mention it was ***really*** early? “Ok,” I said with a bit of reservation, mostly because I had not been fully caffeinated yet, and because pianos are loud, and because they’re even louder at 6:30 a.m. “Go ahead.” At her request, I’ve been giving her informal piano lessons for the past few months,…

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Feb 2

February 2, 2016

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Mama, Will You Lay With Me?

On a routine day, I get up around 5 or 5:30 a.m. I work for a few hours, take a quick shower if I’m lucky, and then, a little before 8, I wake my sleepy-headed little girl up for school. I get her fed and dressed. We get her teeth brushed, and her coat and shoes on. She climbs in the car, and then, after a short 5-minute ride, back out again. She gives me a quick kiss and hug…

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Oct 13

October 13, 2015

This was taken AFTER she told me she combed her hair.

Age 5 is Trying to Destroy My Will to Live

In less than two short months, my daughter will turn 6. I’m not sure if I’m going to make it. Why, you ask? Because, you see: I’m pretty sure that Age 5 is trying to destroy me. At some point over the summer, fragments of my sweet-natured kindergartener were replaced with a strong-willed, eye-rollin’, sass-talkin’ five-ager. Now, don’t get me wrong. The vast majority of the time, she’s still my darling little angel. She still loves cuddles and stories in my…

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Oct 2

October 2, 2015

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Yes, We Need to Talk About Gun Control

Every morning, I drop my 5-year-old daughter off at kindergarten. And every morning – every single morning, as I watch her run down the sidewalk into the school, her blue Elsa backpack bouncing with her every step – I pray that she comes back to me, safely. This, tragically, is the America that we live in today. I don’t care what gun proponents I enrage with this post. Really, I don’t. Because I am one pissed-off mama. Because once again, young…

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Aug 27

August 27, 2015

What We Can All Learn From the Ashley Madison Scandal

What We Can All Learn From the Ashley Madison Scandal

“Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” – Ben Franklin Last week – as I’m sure you’ve heard by now – hackers posted online the personal data of some 32 million people who had registered on the cheater-pants website Ashley Madison. Some of the registered users are OUTRAGED that their information has not only been stolen, but also posted to a handy-dandy and easily searchable database. Now there’s word that these users are threatening to sue…

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Aug 11

August 11, 2015

EB beach

Kindergarten, Here We Come

Yesterday, I took E to Tar-jay to shop for school supplies for kindergarten. Kindergarten. How did this happen? In less than two weeks, my “baby” girl will be launched into the juggernaut that is elementary school. There’s just this one thing: I’m not ready! I’m not ready! I know, I know. Today, it’s easy. There are big decisions about Elsa backpacks and crayons and pre-sharpened pencils to make. And for most students, our district only provides half-day kindergarten, so she’ll…

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Jun 30

June 30, 2015

What Type of Mom Am I?

Want to Know What Type of Mom I Am? Read This.

A few weeks ago, I posted a mini-rant on Facebook about how tired I am of all of the “5 types of moms you’ll see at the playground” and “10 types of moms to avoid” posts crawling through my newsfeed. I get that they’re supposed to be light-hearted and fun, but in my opinion, all they do is add more fuel to the “mommy war” fire. When I was a kid, it seemed that moms and dads were just…moms and…

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May 20

May 20, 2015

Why Can't Kids "Just Wait" Anymore?

Why Can’t Kids “Just Wait” Anymore?

A few weeks back, the kiddo and I ventured to her semi-annual eye doctor appointment. She’s been wearing glasses to correct esotropia in her right eye. Each appointment requires a lengthy examination and, therefore, a good deal of waiting. First, we wait for the assistant to take us back. Then, we wait for the doctor to come in. Then, the doctor examines her and dilates her eyes. Then, we wait again while her eyes dilate. Then, we get taken back…

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May 13

May 13, 2015

Deena Blumenfeld

May’s One Successful Mama Profile: Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education

“Finding my niche and my career joy has opened the door for me to be a happier person and more present with my kids.”–Deena Blumenfeld With May being a month of rebirth and renewal, I am excited to introduce to you a local mother who is helping new mamas and mamas-to-be celebrate the joys of pregnancy and new parenthood. Readers, meet Deena Blumenfeld, a Certified Khalsa Way™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator and the owner of two Pittsburgh-based…

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Apr 26

April 26, 2015

Why Mom Friends Are Important

Why Mom Friends Are Important

When I became a mom five years ago, I was still working full-time as a teacher. I went back to work when my baby girl was just three-and-a-half months old. To say I struggled with this transition is probably the world’s greatest understatement. Those first few weeks (okay, months) back to work, I cried every day and night, crushed by an overwhelming need to stay home with my daughter. Long story short, I was a blubbering, unstable mess. Nearly every day….

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