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A Love Letter to My Children

Dear Children, This morning I think of you as I look about the kitchen. You are not here now, but there is evidence of you all around. Today there are more colorful additions to the normal food droppings that lie scattered on the floor. Construction paper hearts and colored pencil shavings accent the scrambled eggs. […]

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Bullying Prevention Month: Kindness Wins

Before we had our oldest daughter, my husband and I talked about the most important thing we could teach her. There are lots of things to teach. So many, actually, that one might think boiling it down to one thing would be super tricky. Turns out, it’s not. Kindness. That is the thing. In making that […]

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Set Time Limits on Technology with Screen

If your family is like mine, monitoring your kids’ screen time and media exposure throughout the week is a constant worry. With schools now utilizing technology like iPads more often, our kids are spending multiple hours looking at a screen every day. Learning time aside, they are sitting in front of television and playing video games in […]

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Letting Your Kids Spread Joy

I was grocery shopping at Winco several years ago with my baby son who had just starting to sit upright in the cart. I wiped the cart down with at least 100 sanitizing wipes and padded him in with a blanket. I was still at the “let’s put a bubble around him” kind of stage, […]

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Finding Joy in the Moments of This Motherhood

Sometimes I get lost in the mundane of this motherhood. I literally lose myself. There’s all the laundry and meal planning, the owies and hugs, the loud screeching of “M-o-o-o-o-m!” It’s hard to find the right balance between servant and drill sergeant, and I worry I’ll never fully be that loving, inspiring mother I always dreamed I would be. And it’s all a bit surreal, isn’t it? This motherhood? You’re holding on as you’re letting go. […]

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Common Core Math, Uncommon Thinking

While Common Core math has helped my eight-year-old in school, it has exceeded my 40-year-old addition skills. I was in the car with the kids one day, attempting to add double-digit numbers. I vocalized the problem out loud, simultaneously picturing it in my mind’s eye, and vainly attempted to carry figures. My second grader overheard me, […]

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Library Love: 5 Reasons to Visit

Ahhh, the library! Where we can talk (quietly!) and our kids can learn stuff. After all, readers are leaders. I saw that on a sign at the library… While our family lives in Lake Oswego, we call the Tualatin Library home. Besides respite from the Portland drizzle, here’s FIVE reasons to frequent your local library. 1. Online Access No […]

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