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Do You Eat Your Kids’ Leftovers?

One of the devils I didn’t feel applied to me too much was little devils—a.k.a., eating your kids’ leftovers. Yes, I do have a toddler, but she eats pretty much what we eat, so I don’t often have the opportunity to snatch, say, fries off her plate or finish up her mac and cheese. But this little devil reared its […]

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The Drum Teacher Says I Remind Him of the Mother on “Modern Family.” Is This an Insult?

My middle son has a wonderful drum teacher. His name is Josh and he is a musician and seems to have boundless energy. He is also a lot of fun, and really appreciates Middle’s sense of humor—always a plus where Middle and his mom are concerned. When the lessons began a couple of years ago, I said to my son, […]

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Five Battles That Aren’t Worth Fighting With Teenagers, and Five That Are

A highly subjective list, from this mother of three boys: It is not worth fighting over… 1) Wearing a winter coat instead of that flimsy springlike thing, even though it is 25 degrees. 2) Rearranging his room so it’s more aesthetically pleasing to you. 3) Cutting his hair in a way that’s more aesthetically pleasing to you. 4) The ability […]

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How to Explain Why Mommy and Daddy Don’t Live Together Anymore: Blog It

I think the phrase we’re supposed to use to describe what happens when a blogger publicly reveals the most intimate details of her personal life is: “full disclosure.” But how do you describe the urge that prompted the revelation? A few days ago, readers of the popular mommy blog at Dooce.com learned that blogger Heather Armstrong and her husband (previously […]

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What’s Better: To Start the Year With a Bang or a Whimper?

In other words, do you embrace your postholiday, back-to-work funk and stay in your pajamas for as long as possible, eating leftover cheese fondue and wondering how early in the day you can start drinking the remaining champagne? Or do you put on your bathing suit and try something new and stupid? In public! This January 1, I chose the […]

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Wedding Guest List Dilemma: How to Put This Nicely…

“I am planning my wedding and trying to keep it as small as possible,” wrote a reader named JackiM15. “However, we are nearing 200, yikes! … “It is going to be an evening wedding, and my fiance and I have decided to not invite children, except for out of town guests and family members,” JackiM15 added. “My question is this: […]

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A New Baby, a Toddler and …House Guests for the Holidays? Ho Ho Ho

Major dilemma!  “I have my mother in law and her female friend coming to visit for the holidays,” writes patina21. “They are staying for two weeks. … “We have a three-bedroom house, a 2-year-old and a new 4-month-old baby. I only have one guest room. I have a futon in our game room, but the game room doesn’t have the […]

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Surviving Car Travel

As my family gears up for yet another six-hour road trip from New York to Massachusetts today, I am once again preparing for my role as Car Activities Director. When the kids were younger (before moving here) we did the reverse drive–Massachusetts to New York–and I absolutely dreaded it. Dreaded it! Crying baby, changing diapers in dingy Thruway rest stops, […]

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Make Custom Coloring Books to Keep Your Kids Busy

With the holiday weekend fast approaching, you’ll likely need ways to keep the little ones in your life entertained. Use this tutorial from Instructables to turn any of your family photos into line drawings via Pixlr that you can print out for the kids to color. Admittedly, there are several steps, but they are easy to follow and best of […]

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DIY Drawing Table via Creating Clever

The LACK table from Ikea might be the most customizable piece of furniture out there today. Check out this smart idea from Creating Clever. This designer and blogger had paper cut to fit the size of the table, and added a massive notepad to the top. It would be perfect for kids’ rooms or a family room. Read the post […]

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