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Dec 19

December 19, 2016

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The Art of Managing Artwork

Pittsburgh Moms Blog readers: I need your help. You see, my daughter loves to draw and create artwork. When I say she loves to draw and create artwork, I mean she really, REALLY likes to draw and create artwork. “Look, mama! I made this for you! Hang it up!” she’ll say, beaming. Read more on Pittsburgh Moms Blog!

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Nov 30

November 30, 2016

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Why the Phrase “…For a Girl” Needs to Go

The other day, my 6-year-old daughter came running up the stairs with a load of heavy books and toys in her arms. She deposited them on the table and declared, “I’m pretty strong!” Then, almost as an afterthought, she added, “For a girl.” My husband and I immediately reacted at the same time. “No, no, no! Don’t say ‘for a girl!’” I emphatically told her. Read more on Pittsburgh Moms Blog!

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Oct 21

October 21, 2016

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My Least Favorite Question

Many years ago, I was working in my backyard when I struck up a conversation with a then-neighbor. This woman had several children who, at the time, were teenagers or nearly teenagers. I didn’t know her that well, other than to say hello. The family rarely came out of the house, so we didn’t have many opportunities to chat. The few times we did manage to talk, however, she always wanted to talk about my uterus: Mainly, why it hadn’t…

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Sep 13

September 13, 2016

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Kids’ Activities: When is Enough Enough?

Dance. Soccer. Gymnastics. Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts. Football. Art. Karate. Voice lessons. Swim lessons. Piano lessons. Tennis lessons. Extracurricular activities have become a hallmark of childhood, and many parents feel that their children must be exposed to as many different activities as possible as a way to build character. Two, four or more days a week, parents are shuttling their kids from one activity to another, eating on the run, getting home late, exhausted. Annoyed. Grumpy. Sound familiar? …read the rest…

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Jul 28

July 28, 2016

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Five Tips for Work-at-Home Moms

Note: This is the third installment in a series I wrote for Pittsburgh Moms Blog. I’ve been working from home for four years now, and, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve learned a few things along the way. If you’re used to working in an office setting, the independence that coincides with working on your own can be a little unsettling at first. Here are a few tips that can help you manage the transition… Read the rest on the…

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Jul 10

July 10, 2016

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Quitting Your Job to Stay Home with Your Kids-Part 2 of 3

In my last post for the Pittsburgh Moms Blog, I wrote about how I left my full-time teaching position to stay home with my daughter, but still needed—and wanted—to contribute financially to my family’s income. Now that I’ve been managing this work-at-home-mom gig for four years, I’ve acquired valuable resources and knowledge about what it takes to make it work. If you’re considering doing the same but aren’t sure where to begin, here are some practical ideas to help you get started… Read…

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Jun 8

June 8, 2016

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Quitting Your Job to Stay Home with Your Kids – Part 1 of 3

When my daughter was born in 2009, I automatically assumed that after my three-and-a-half-month maternity leave, I would return to work as a high school teacher, pick up where I left off, and continue my career as a working mom. Let’s just say that’s not how things turned out… Read the rest over on the Pittsburgh Moms Blog!  

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