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The End

The End

On the morning of the day my mom died, Moe, a minister from the hospital’s spiritual center dropped by the ICU where I sat alone with my mom. Moe asked me how I was doing, and I started to cry, emotions I had suppressed for…

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Mother’s Day: 10 Reasons Why Being A Mom Rocks

Mother’s Day: 10 Reasons Why Being A Mom Rocks

Being a mom can suck from time to time—schlepping a noisy carload of kids to outer Suburbia for little league; making 11th hour trips to the hardware store to pick up parts for the science project your kid forgot was due the next day; or,…

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The Mothers We Have

The Mothers We Have

My mother is not the kind of mother I need. And I am not the kind of daughter she wants. That makes us “even” in a cruel sort of way. But what has become apparent to me in the past several weeks is that she…

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Made with love

Made with love

You know the art of cooking has reached rock bottom when young adults can’t conquer making Kraft Dinner. I was reading about one 20-year-old woman who was asked to make KD for the kids she was babysitting. She boiled the water, and then dumped all…

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First comes love, etc.

First comes love, etc.

It has been a quiet Saturday. My younger son Micah is in Cuba for some fun in the sun with his high school graduating class. My older son Jake is ensconced hundreds of miles away at university. This leaves my husband John and me all…

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Is being the child of divorce all bad?

Is being the child of divorce all bad?

It is easy to think being the child of divorce is all bad. According to the research, kids from broken families are more likely to smoke, be on Ritalin, suffer from lower self esteem, drop out of school, suffer a stroke, and die earlier than…

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When can kids handle the truth about Santa?

When can kids handle the truth about Santa?

My children Jake and Micah did not have sanitized childhoods. While other parents were firing up videos of Pingu, Barney and Teletubbies, we were letting them watch seriously age-inappropriate stuff. Tim Burton’s very dark animated Nightmare before Christmas was a family favourite, as were Six…

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What goes around comes around

What goes around comes around

I was never the “good job” kind of Mom. My two sons didn’t get standing ovations for doing ordinary party tricks like learning to use the potty, eating broccoli or making their beds. Nope, I never subscribed to the theory that “good job” parenting would…

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Tongue tied about oral sex

Tongue tied about oral sex

When parenting duties were being divvied up, I somehow drew the short straw. My husband John comes from strict Baptist stock, the kind of people who don’t talk about sex because it may lead to dancing, or worse, cards. By process of elimination, I was…

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