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Mom blogs in the press

Mom blogs are all the rage, says the Denver Post, and advertisers are taking notice.



Mother Goose Mouse is a Parker mom blogging away and, according to the Post, paying the mortgage. Go girl!



GreebleMonkey is another Denver mom blogger, also part of the… Continue

Added by Liz on October 24, 2007 at 2:07am — 2 Comments

Just for the fun of it

What does it take to get a kid to read a book just for the fun of it?

The syllabus for WK’s English class includes some great books and novellas – “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, and one of my lifelong favorites “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.

These tales are full of suspense, danger, crime and intrigue – perfect reading material for a young male. It’s like pulling teeth.…

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Added by Tara R. on October 23, 2007 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Putting Summer To Bed

At 9:00 pm tonight we officially put summer to bed. It was a huge task which kept yelling at us and refusing to submit even when threatened within an inch of its life. My children are all lying in their beds right this minute staring at the ceiling, humming, picking their noses, turning on contraband flashlights, and just plain thrashing about.

School starts tomorrow and despite the constant threats about changing our late summer sleep hours all week, so we could "ease" into the…

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Added by Amanda on October 22, 2007 at 12:20am — No Comments

Free Money

The other day I was driving with my favorite 6 year old back-seat

driver. Out of the clear blue, he asked me if I could take him to

National City Bank. When I inquired why, he told me he wanted to open

an account there.



"Why do you want to switch banks?" I asked.



"Because you can earn points and get free checking!" he replied.



In the discussion that followed, my future banker explained what he thought free checking meant.

He thought you could write… Continue

Added by Bad Momma on October 20, 2007 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Child Labor in the United States

While activists take aim at sweatshops and factories that violate labor

laws overseas, there is a growing problem here in the U.S. This issue

affects children as young as pre-school age and is common place in our

Elementary Schools.



It starts out seeming innocuous with fliers and booklets that are sent home in September. Soon the propaganda is

spread in school assemblies. Before parents realize it, their children

are brainwashed into becoming door to door… Continue

Added by Bad Momma on October 20, 2007 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Sorry my first post is a total rant!

OH man I am so tired! I have been having problems sleeping lately. I don't know if its just another symptom pooping up with the fibromyalgia or what but its getting old fast. I have never had a problem sleeping for more then one odd night here and there. I'm going on 2 weeks of haveing issues sleeping. Hmm I could say last night was dew to my want to wake up my husband… Continue

Added by kristie burke on October 19, 2007 at 10:56am — No Comments

Non-makeup girls

You are either a makeup girl, or you're not.



The makeup girls instinctively know how to apply eyeshadow. They know how to make the most of foundation and blush and eyeliner. They have a skin care regimen.



The rest of us slap on some Oil of Olay, foundation, and on good days, a little mascara and lip gloss.



If I were a makeup company, I would target the non-makeup girls -- those of us who are too intimidated to stop at the makeup counters in the mall. The… Continue

Added by Liz on October 18, 2007 at 8:24pm — No Comments

My Unique Experience and the Human Instinct

As I am sitting here, relaxing and drinking a cup of coffee with a waffle, while my baby sleeps, I am thinking there is no better child development class than the hands-on-experience that I get with my baby. Adrian is very receptive to language, and Rob and I really enjoy the various sounds of delight that he makes. It is apparent that conversing, singing and dancing to Adrian grabs his attention and teaches him to…

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Added by Leticia on October 18, 2007 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Sticks and Stones

A friend asked me the other day what WK stood for in some of my blogs. She knew it was a pseudonym for my son, but wondered if it meant “Wonder Kid.” I really liked that since, being the unbiased parent that I am, I completely agreed with the assessment. But, no, it’s simply his initials.

Not many people know that he uses his middle name (they do now!), so I had hoped it would lend him a sense of anonymity.

The conversation did get me thinking about what we call our…

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Added by Tara R. on October 18, 2007 at 11:50am — No Comments

No homework this weekend!

No homework this weekend - whoohoo! Thursday is the end of the first grading period and the local schools have scheduled a teacher workday, so that means no classes on Friday.

Whoohoo!

That doesn’t mean we don’t have a full weekend ahead. Thursday after school we are heading to Orlando and the Milk House. That is the sports arena at the Wild World of Sports Resort at Disney World. About three dozen of my taekwondo classmates, students, and I are competing in a Fall National…

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Added by Tara R. on October 17, 2007 at 2:24pm — No Comments

What is your body trying to tell you?

'm watching Oprah (yes, I am a stay at home mom) and guess what the topic is: whacky hormones!



Her guest is Dr. Christiane Northrup, who says that at 35 or so, women go through The Big Change (Menopause? Come on, lots of us are just starting to have kids!!) and our hormones go out of whack.



But -- like many in my fleet of doctors have told me -- the whacky hormones are really just a side effect of something else, something wrong in the soul, something wrong in the heart.… Continue

Added by Liz on October 16, 2007 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Head Lice

Head lice has become rampant in MN. Anyone else dealing with it? Honestly it came up once in awhile at school and now we have 2-3 kids out a week. It has to be more wide-spread in other parts of the country.

This is how we dealt with it:

Head Lice, Our House, August 2007 (now apparently a national epidemic)

Oh my ga, ohmyga, ohmyyygaaaaaaaa my son has head lice. No he doesn't. Comb through his hair…

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Added by Amanda on October 16, 2007 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Some days it doesn’t pay to get out of bed

This past weekend was not fun. It was a three-day homework fest. I won’t go into a lot of details, but let’s just say WK has some school issues and we are working with his teachers to help him get and stay on track. It isn’t a new development; it has been one we’ve struggled with for his entire time in school.

We have, thanks to some forward thinking professionals, now have some ammunition at our disposal that promises to be useful in the coming months. But, until all that kicks in,…

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Added by Tara R. on October 15, 2007 at 1:51pm — No Comments

How long do moms deal with whacky hormones?

How long does it take to get back to normal after the birth of your baby?

Do you ever get back to normal?

It's been 18 months, and I'm still reeling from the whacked out hormones. I was diagnosed with postpartum thyroiditis when my son was 3 months old, after I went to my Doc complaining of a tremor in my left hand and an irritating level of hyperactivity. Heart palipatations, hot flashes, sleeping just a few hours a night -- and my baby was a good sleeper from the very…

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Added by Liz on October 12, 2007 at 12:16am — No Comments

I could just scream!

Friday is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day.

At noon I will be outside screaming for about 30 seconds.(The recommended scream duration.)

I am expected to be in a FULL staff meeting (replete with department heads, executive directors and our company vice president) at that same time, wonder if our VP will mind. She probably has a lot of frustrations as a corporate leader, maybe she’ll join me.

As a mom of two teens, or just two kids, I have a…

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Added by Tara R. on October 10, 2007 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Guns and School do not mix

An Oregon teacher is challenging her school board’s ban on carrying weapons on campus. She claims that her gun (she has a concealed weapon permit for a 9mm Glock) is to protect her from a potentially violent ex-husband and the chance of a Columbine-style assault.

I have a serious problem with this issue.

I don’t care how often this teacher practices with her gun. I don’t care if her ex is a psycho. I don’t care. If she were one of my children’s teachers, I would pull them out…

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Added by Tara R. on October 9, 2007 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Mom and Dad construction company

My husband and I just spent the entire weekend helping to build a Japanese pagoda as part of an architecture project. It was supposed to be a group assignment our son was to do for one of his classes. But, the other two students apparently didn’t think WK was participating suitably and delegated the actual building of the structure to him. The other two would make the PowerPoint presentation and create the research outline.

It was due today. He could have turned it in on Friday, but…

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Added by Tara R. on October 8, 2007 at 4:36pm — No Comments

An Ode to Peeing Solo

I returned to school just over a month ago after dropping out for about five years. If all goes as planned, I'll be graduating from Columbia with my bachelor's in journalism at the end of spring '08. It's been hard, so hard, for so many reasons. My mother-in-law recently moved to Chicago (into the coach house in my back yard, actually) and she, thankfully, watched my 18-month-old son Teno for me on the three days I have class. She's also been wonderful about taking him for odd hours here and…

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Added by Natalie Slater on October 5, 2007 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Coming at ya like a spider monkey

In most households it’s the dads that play the heavy when their daughter begins to date. In our home, it’s me. How many other moms can say “I can kill a man with my bare hands,” and know she can actually do it.

Not that I ever would, but it’s an interesting little icebreaker when a new boyfriend is introduced. I have to be careful though how the subject is broached. The best way so far, has been to leave my trophies in plain view in the living room and just let the…

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Added by Tara R. on October 5, 2007 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Mommy Wars

It's the question that every mom has to answer: work or stay at home?



If you believe the media, picking one pits you in a battle against the women who chose the other route, as USA Today reports that the Mommy Wars are far from over.



It's hard to have it all, you know?



We women work hard to get ahead in our careers, and then when a kid comes along, you have to… Continue

Added by Liz on October 3, 2007 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

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