Author Archives: Elizabeth Thompson


Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth is a stay-at-home Mom (an oxymoron, really, since she is found in her minivan running errands more than she's at home) and enjoys writing about the trials and tribulations of raising 4 children, an rambunctious lab and killer dust bunnies. She has essays published with Nurturing Magazine, waxes poetic on her blog, This Full House, and newly launched family blog project, This Full House Kids, where the kids are given permission to "talk back." Liz enjoys writing about the stuff she likes, or hasn't managed to break, yet.

A Brother’s Love

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I haven’t spoken to my twin brother in a while.  We seem to be missing each other, a lot.  The last few Sundays, at my parents’ house.  My sister-in-law was sick.  My kids were sick.  He was sick.  Their empty casserole dish is still sitting on a chair in the kitchen and I honestly couldn’t […]

Mini-Sleepovers

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So, how old should a kid be before he/she is ready for a sleep-over? In my opinion, sleep-overs are like stay-at-home-moms (an oxymoron, really) because (having hosted a few, all-nighters)  no one EVER sleeps! Still. January makes for great sleeping weather and The Boy (he’s turning 10 this month) had a friend sleep… I mean… […]

The Christmas House

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I’ve been thinking, lately — a dangerous habit, I know — about how my husband Garth (not his real name) and I have started to downsize our family celebrations. Not that they were HUGE, to begin with — if you have kids, then you know — but, our children enjoy spending time with both sets […]

Take a Parent, Add Politics and Mix

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This is my favorite picture of my parents – it was taken shortly after their engagement in 1963 –  and is a perfect depiction of a young couple, living in America, at that time. Except, they weren’t American citizens. My parents immigrated during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and met for the first time here, […]

Old Ghosts

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I love watching scary movies – especially, at this time of year – but, I’m not talking about the slice and dice slasher films, where the body count is higher than the I.Q. of the teenagers prancing around half-naked in them. “Just don’t answer the phone and stay away from the lake, dammit!” You know, […]

The Names

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This time last year, my dear friend, Dana Tuske (who also is a columnist here at the Imperfect Parent) asked me if I would consider being one of her guest bloggers at The Dana Files and I was very honored by the compliment. Until, her next email and I scanned down until I found my […]

I’m Just Blogging My Summers Away

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Where has the summer gone? Well, I’ll tell you. Besides the fact that I’ve been busy traveling and desperately seeking some sort of part-time work that allows me to keep my stay-at-home status (if I do, you WILL be the first to know) I can’t seem to get you (yes, YOU!) out of my head. […]

No More Trips to Disney For You!

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Wrapped tightly in a light comforter and waking to crispy blue skies reminiscent of a morning in early October, a blessed relief from the wetness of a typical summer in New Jersey, I considered the day a gift. Then, I remembered that we had plans to go somewhere that I swore we would never step […]

Humanizing under the influence of children

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My parents have very close friends who recently lost their dog, unexpectedly. The kids and I were at a family picnic celebrating a graduation of some sort (with so many kids, I forget) and we happened to run into them. Literally, I tripped over air and nearly dropped a whole platter of chicken salad sandwiches. […]

What Do May Flowers Bring?

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Signifying happiness, this tiny belle of a flower carpeted the forests and landscape of Europe in the spring, and my grandmother often times would tell tales of fairies using the tiny flowers as tea cups and party hats. My grandmother always told the best stories and I swear, I could almost hear May Lily’s white […]