The village is watching
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The village is watching

If you feel the need to intervene, do not hesitate. If my kid says or does something distasteful, let them hear you say it! Tell me about it. Together we can fight the forces of evil and give them all the guidance they need.

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Not enough stickers
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Not enough stickers

This morning I gave the kids a pep talk after the sounds coming from outside sounded like an airstrike. I didn't know if it was hoverboards, scooters and mopeds racing up and down the driveway. On top of that, all I could hear was children screaming at each other and then blood-curdling cries when someone tries to clothesline with a broom.

When you say 'TGIF' to a parent ...
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When you say 'TGIF' to a parent ...

Friday means nothing! We will probably have more laundry, more parenting and more food to prep while trying to keep the children from killing each other over the last bag of Cheetos. It does not mean the end of anything for we are living the never-ending story.

New moms: Welcome to this fraternity called Motherhood
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New moms: Welcome to this fraternity called Motherhood

You new moms are so adorable! You care about everything, worry about everything and are so easily overwhelmed. I love it as much as I love that new baby smell.

Happy Mother's Day ... Meh!
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Happy Mother's Day ... Meh!

So it's Mother's Day on Sunday. I'm a mother, and all I can say is this: Meh. Just like all the other non-holidays, and May itself, this day just needs to calm down. I don't need a special day to know my kids love me or to feel like we're good.

Things I will not be doing at 10 on a school night
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Things I will not be doing at 10 on a school night

My son just asked me for a screwdriver. No! It's 10! On a school night! Go to sleep! I'm going to bed. I will not be getting back up. With the help of my sound machine I will be able to sleep through a small house party.

The good seats
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The good seats

I had every intention of getting out of the van for my daughter's soccer game. I parked, turned off the engine and opened the doors. My daughter jumped out and ran over to her team, which I could see was practicing on the field directly in front of me. That's when I felt the cold, damp wind blowing in.

Reasons I'm tired ...
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Reasons I'm tired ...

I yawn, loudly, on the drive to school and hear someone from the back ask, "Mom, how come you are always so tired?" I stare out the window and laugh at the ridiculousness of the question. How can they not know?

The weakest link
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The weakest link

Recently I came downstairs to find my son eating cereal (that his sister made him) in his pajamas. It's a school day and a half hour before we are supposed to walk out the door, so I asked him why he wasn't dressed yet. He looked at himself like "I'm not dressed?" and then said, "Oh ... I forgot."

The irreplaceable
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The irreplaceable

There are so very few people in our lives who love us unconditionally. They are the ones constantly wondering how they can make our lives better. These people, with their "what can I do for you" mentality are irreplaceable.

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