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Why I Tell My Girls They Run the World

I unapologetically tell my girls they run the world. It’s more than a Beyonce song, or  a t-shirt that says ” girl power.” I have been in a few situations lately where people have stopped my daughters to have what they think is a “diplomatic” conversation about how it takes boys to run the world, […]

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Marshall School’s iTerm Classes: A Fresh Approach to Academics

These gray winter days have us feeling a bit blah. Our routines seem monotonous and uninspired. We need something to jolt us out of our funk (More coffee? A vacation?). Similarly, kids probably are feeling like they’re going through the motions, too. Especially at school. They need something to wake them up a little–make learning feel […]

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Parenting a Blended Family

I was driving to the grocery store with my husband’s daughter one morning. He wasn’t actually my husband then, and she was a squeaky-voiced elementary school girl who was with us for her weekend visitation. It was summer in Kansas City, but early enough in the morning that the heat and humidity hadn’t completely sapped […]

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Everything I Own is Broken

Everything I own is broken. I mean, not really, but basically. I have nineteen remote controls that operate exactly zero things. There’s probably a raccoon in the attic again. Either that or an army of voles. I had to look up what a vole was when the thought occurred to me.  The dishwasher rack is […]

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The Nasty Nines

He argues with me at every turn. He’s rude, argumentative, moody and confrontational about everything. It feels like there is constantly rage bubbling under the surface and I find myself almost fearful of asking him to put his laundry away or put his dishes in the dishwasher. “You don’t get to talk to me like […]

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