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Blind Mom: Blindness No Impediment to Raising Children

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When the squirming, screaming bundle was laid on my chest, my heart swelled with a love I never imagined. This is my daughter. This is Rachel. I always wanted to be a mom. Before we married, my husband and I agreed we wanted a family. My blindness is not hereditary, so I was surprised by […]

The Never Ending Screaming of a Toddler

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Is there ever the right thing to say to a parent with a screaming child? As the parent of three well-versed screaming banshees at some point in their lives, I just can’t give you a straight answer. At the risk of sounding like I do not love my children I’ll just say it right now […]

70 Things My Mother Used to Say

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As an ode to my mother, hereĀ are 70 things my mother always said… 1. Bats and raccoons have rabies. 2. Beggars can’t be choosers. 3. You won’t have any boyfriends if you stay fat. 4. We were a tad bit Irish. 5. March to the beat of a different drummer. 6. Don’t stoop to their […]

Five discontinued kid food failures

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It has long been said that if you “Build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.” So true. Inventors have long enjoyed very lucrative careers spent ferreting out that which needs to be improved, enlarged, reduced or what, in many cases we, the unwashed masses, had no idea what we […]

Top 10 weirdest baby bottles

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  It wasn’t that long ago when the craziest bottle out there was Avent. Now, utilizing sexy sounding things like “injection molding,” baby bottles are as stylish as they are utilitarian. Some are just cool enough to be a fashion accessory while others are downright bizarre. Check out our list of the top 10 most […]

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel by Whoopi Goldberg

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Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel by Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Underwood, and Meryn Roos Hyperion Book CH; $4.99 160 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0786852635 Review by S. Spangler (age 10) Synopsis: Terrel Liu is a normal nine year old girl. She has six brothers and she and a few of her brothers live with her father. Their mother […]

Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima

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Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima by Whoopi Goldberg Hyperion Book CH; $4.99 160 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-0786852628 Review by S. Spangler (age 10) Synopsis: Jerzey Mae is perfect at everything. Well, almost everything. She is HORRIBLE at her ballet classes. When the triplets' mother starts to work overtime, their little brother Mason starts to go […]

Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennesy

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Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennesy Bloomsbury USA; $14.99 288 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1599901985 Review by S. Spangler (age 10) Synopsis: Pandora Gets Lazy is the third book in the series. In it, 13 year old Greek maiden Pandora (nicknamed Pandy) is traveling all over the world to find the evils that she let into the […]

Interview: Jeff Kinney, Author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

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The Imperfect Parent along with some fellow bloggers sat down with Jeff Kinney, author of the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series about his thoughts on the books as well as the movie sequel, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,’ in theaters March 25. Imperfect Parent: Jeff, we have two boys right in the […]

Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrations by Scott Magoon

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Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrations by Scott Magoon Hyperion; $15.99 40 pp.; ISBN-13: 978-1423106852 Review by Amy Brozio-Andrews It’s amazing how Amy Krouse Rosenthal can turn a simple book about a spoon into a sweet and tender appreciation of what makes an individual unique. Spoon opens with an introduction of young Spoon, an ordinary […]