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10 things my 4-year-old says

1. When I ask if he’s tired: “I’m only rubbing one eye, so that means I’m not tired.” 2. “Samantha (2-year-old sister), cover your mouth when you cough.” 3. “What does the snowman say when he melts?” 4. “What does the turtle say when we eat his shell?” 5. “What treat do I get if […]

A poem about loss

The Disorder of Things By Lorna Rose Birthdays, holidays, Mother’s Days hang heavy. They feel cold and damp. They are reminders of days past. Conversations with your oldest are hard. “Mom, am I still a big brother?” It’s ok to explain. Baby showers are bittersweet. You’re happy, and yet – that used to be you, […]

Considering Claus

In the weeks before Christmas I was on the fence about introducing the idea of Santa to my 3-year-old. My husband and I had yet to bring the idea up to him. Playing Santa every year seemed like a lot of work, and it seemed kinda hokey. In no way did I want to add […]

All is calm: Staying sane during the holidays

I can hardly believe the holiday season is here. Can you? I think I’m with most folks when I say that while I love the decorations, the festivities and seeing loved ones, it’s also a stressful, busy time. Here are six ways to stay sane during this bustling season: 1. Acknowledge the stress and plan […]

The quiet ones: Embracing introversion

I’ll just put it out there: I’m an introvert. Many people who know me might be surprised. I’m relatively outgoing. I like being active in the community. I’m friendly and somewhat interesting. For years I worked in positions where extroversion is a cornerstone: public relations, sales, program management. While I can masquerade somewhat successfully as […]

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