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Babies Will Cry, and It Will Be OK

My sister sat next to her crying baby on the ground, hand on her forehead. Her little boy wailed, arching his back and swinging his limbs at her if she tried to touch him. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him!” she said, panic edging into her voice. “He’s just freaking out right now, and […]

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For My Children, I Am Stable

In my children’s world of military chaos and disorder, I am the constant, the always present person and place. But this role isn’t easy. At our new library, we walk into cheerful chaos: children shouting, towers crashing, bright clothes blurring in motion. Older children sit at tables piecing together lego bricks. Toddlers wobble drunkenly on […]

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New (School) Year’s Resolutions

“I’m so ready for summer!” “Thank goodness the school year is almost over!” “Bring on summer break!” These are things I never understood when I was a working mom. Life never really changed for us during the summer, except for figuring out summer camp schedules and finding a backup sitter when daycare was closed for […]

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Beating Summer Boredom With Letterboxing and Geocaching

Ah, summer. No more mornings spent rushing to the bus. No more projects, organized sports, or uniforms. No agenda – just easy-breezy days, filled with Popsicles, laughter, and general nonchalant recreation. Until suddenly, after a few blissful weeks of laissez-faire attitudes and lax schedules, the novelty of summertime freedom wears off. All manner of whining […]

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