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Red, Green and Yellowing

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Photo: Miroslaw Modzelewski When I was in sixth grade, my mom decided that we should recycle Christmas wrapping. Before you say what a great environmentalist she was, my mother recycled wrapping paper only because she didn’t want to buy any. I had to hand wash aluminum foil until it was a wrinkled, shredded ball that […]

‘Tis the Season

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Photo: Jozsef Hubay The children are so proud of themselves. We all stand around, enjoying this holiday moment. They have worked so hard, and are proud and pleased at what they have accomplished. We look on in awe; the lights are wrapped in a festive ring, not too tight, and blinking in rhythm. My husband […]

A Stigmatism

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When my son was a little over a year old my family and friends began asking when I thought I’d have another baby. I always tried to avoid the question and often gave vague answers. "Someday," I’d say. It bothered me that people were discussing the size of my family when my husband and I […]

Momstumes

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With Halloween just around the corner, I got to thinking about costumes. Dawson is dressing up as a UPS man and he anxiously awaits carrying his bright orange pumpkin bucket so he can ring our neighbors’ doorbells and exclaim, "Trick or treeeaaat!" just like we practiced the last few weeks. I haven’t donned Halloween attire […]

Separation Anxiety

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The most difficult part of motherhood for me was never a crying baby, middle-of-the-night nursing, diaper changes, toddler temper tantrums, or even potty training (though I admit, getting a three-year-old to use the toilet isn’t a task I’m completing successfully). I can manage a child who demands juice and crackers and only wants to watch […]

A Gourmet Wannabe Drops Out

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Photo: Leslie Banks All those helpful cooking recipes in parenting magazines designed to get kids to eat healthy gourmet meals? They lie. Those glossy photos depicting cute little moppets happily chowing down on exotic feasts like sushi, asparagus, and roasted bell peppers with hummus; they’re secretly airbrushed and Photoshopped to hide the chicken nuggets, chocolate […]

Sick Days

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Photo: Ronald Bloom My oldest succumbed first. She came downstairs in the gray light of a winter morning, her face blazing with an unhealthy flush. “My head hurts,” she said. A quick hand to her forehead confirmed what her glassy eyes had already revealed. “You have a fever,” I told her. “No school today.” She […]

Mommy Slings Drinks

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Photo: Jim Jurica I am a mom who slings booze the color of apple juice, topping drinks off with multi-colored straws. I haul cases of Coors Lite on each hip in much the same manner that I carried my kids when they were toddlers. I wash the sippy cups of grown-ups and scold bold brawlers […]

Tales of Addiction

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Photo: Aleksey Lisovsky It started innocently enough. One half-cup of coffee on Sunday mornings, mixed with hot milk. A once-a-week treat, since I was still nursing. I had gone caffeine free while I tried to get pregnant (seven months), throughout the pregnancy, and for a good bit of time afterwards while I nursed my colicky […]