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The Ten Parenting Commandments, Turned Up to Eleven
By Kelley Cunningham
1. Thou Shall Not Judge Thou shall not make hasty judgments of other people’s kids’ transgressions, lest the Parenting Gods hear you and instantly smite you with a child who develops an obsessive fascination with eating his... read the rest

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Mominatrix reviews "50 Shades of Grey"
By Kristen Chase
Up until four months ago, no one had ever really heard of 50 Shades of Grey. But now it’s the only thing that anyone can talk about. Of course, they were probably the same people who completely ignored the erotic romance... read the rest

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Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel by Whoopi Goldberg

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel by Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Underwood, and Meryn Roos Hyperion Book... read the rest

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Donít Tell My Kid Heís Okay
By Karen Murphy
Eric and I were in a hotel lobby. We had a date to climb the stairs to the second floor together so he could see me watching him jump down them again one by one, but before we could do that I had some business to take care of with the people behind the... read the rest

More Long Journey on a Short Bus

The Ticket List
By Amy Sue Nathan
It all started in 10th grade on the dark wood fold-down seats of my high school auditorium. The lights dimmed. I sat there landlocked as a dozen of my best, best friends, all Jewish, appeared on stage in full habits as nuns in The Sound of Music.... read the rest

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The Toddlerís Halloween Manifesto
By Kim Foster
My kids walked into the kitchen today holding hands. One was dressed as Cinderella. The other as Sleeping Beauty. They were ready for Halloween. Very sweet. They handed me a piece of paper. It seems they had gotten together in the remote... read the rest

More The Yummy Mummy: Dishing Up Imperfection

A Supposedly Slim Person I'll Never Be Again
By Rachael Brownell
It's not as though one day I put away the high heels, threw down the cute panties and bras and embraced the muu muus and late-night candy, but it feels that way. The time-warping devolution from slim pretty thing to puffy 40-something started... read the rest

More Rugrat Reprieve

The Judas Kiss
By Robert Green
How many parents, mothers in particular, would knowingly put their children in harms way and confine their children to an environment absent of any boundaries, safety and protection? How many women are tormentors by proxy, consenting accessories to crimes... read the rest

More Silence is Not an Option

Tips for a Valentine's Day date night makeover.
By Kelly Reising
I want to look amazing for a Valentine’s Day evening out with my husband, I think he has forgotten what I look like without grey sweatpants and a ponytail! How do I knock his socks off with a glamorous look? You... read the rest

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How much is too much?
By Prescott Carlson
I opened the newspaper the other day and the headline jumped out at me:   "Talks for Teachers Contract Have Intensified" ... read the rest

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Aren't You Worried About Their Socialization?
By Dana Loesch
"How will they learn to get on with other kids?" "How can you stand being cooped up all day like that?" "Aren't you worried about their socialization?" Those are the questions... read the rest

More Homeschool Rock

When Duty Calls
By Chag Holland
I had jury duty last week. Once upon a time, being a stay-at-home parent excused you from this activity, but a year ago the courts decided that the twelve bucks they pay you for each day of service would pay for adequate childcare. Apparently, none of... read the rest

More While Mom's @ Work

Black Cat Nostalgia
By Melissa Doak
“Next Halloween, I’m gonna be Missy Elliot!” “I know what I’m going to be for Halloween—a ghoul!” “I want to be a mad scientist!” So generally goes the... read the rest

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Motherhood: The New Competitive Sport
By Dana Tuszke
One of the advantages to working from home is that I am able to spend more quality time with my son, Dawson. One of the disadvantages to working from home is that I often spend too much time with my son. With my husband working outside the... read the rest

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Damn the excuses.
By Jessica C.
Damn the excuses, this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend I was determined to get a project done that I had been putting off for years. With the gift giving season rapidly approaching, it was time to organize the mess in the basement which once held... read the rest

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The Ides and Crooked Teeth of March
By Elizabeth Thompson
According to the old saying, the month of March usually starts with cold, unpleasant weather, but ends mild and becomes much more agreeable – atmospherically speaking, of course. “We don’t have ANY days off from... read the rest

More Growing Pains

Politicians: Don't Do As They Say, Nor As They Do
By Julie Marsh
One of the top reasons I enjoy writing about politics is that I look like a model citizen compared to a lot of politicians. We put them on pedestals (or rather, they install themselves there) and they wield a good deal of power, but plenty of them do... read the rest

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Negotiations (Love Songs Optional)
By Susan Courtad
I know this is going to come as a shock to all of you, but let me state for the record: Parenting is hard. It’s exhausting, troubling at times, and purely a pain in the ass at others. Oh,... read the rest

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