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Christmas Jams… Before Thanksgiving

Are you THAT person? The ridiculously annoying Christmasy-spirit person that listens to Christmas music BEFORE Thanksgiving? The blasphemy! The outrage! I mean, who does that? I was that person. Almost my whole life. I practically thought it was a downright sin to listen to those sweet sweet Christmas jams before Thanksgiving had passed. You need […]

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Financing My Future Game-Changer

Our partners at Minnesota College Savings Plan are here to help families set up financial plans for their kids’ educational futures. Plus, our sponsors are giving our readers a chance to win a $300 scholarship towards a new or existing Minnesota College Savings Plan Account! See the bottom of this post for more details! For […]

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Studying the Brain Isn’t Just for the Science Department

Our partners at Breck School are leading the way in helping parents understand how the brain works and why it’s beneficial to our children’s education. Daisy Pellant, Ph.D., shares with us how a basic understanding of the brain and how it works can help us aid our children’s learning and behavior. Prefrontal cortex. Amygdalae. Neuroplasticity. […]

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What Are My Words Doing?

Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power one person’s words can have on a life. I was supporting some English Language Learners in their Kindergarten class and […]

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Letting Go of Perfection

Every Friday it was the same. Take the kids to school. Rush home to do all the things I didn’t get to finish during the week; laundry, clean bathrooms, scrub floors, vacuum and dust. Then I’d rush back out to do our weekly grocery shopping, only getting back just in time to put the baby […]

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Some Truths About Midlife and a Big Fat Lie

{Photo credit: Melissa Soto Photography} If I thought my twenties went by fast, I was woefully unprepared for the warp speed at which my thirties would go by. I attribute my twenties passing quickly to too many late nights, too many bottles of wine and too many first dates with Mr. Right at the Moment. […]

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A Letter to My Daughter about Monsters

It was recently Halloween and you’re really into monsters right now.   Mostly silly ones—fluffy pink things, with one big eye and furry claws. “A monster is coming,” you’ll tell me, eyes widening. “He’s going to eat you!”   That’s my cue. “Oh no!” I shriek in mock horror.   “Ohhhh…it’s okay,” you clarify. “It’s just a friendly monster!” […]

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Of Moms and Martyrs

“Don’t be a martyr.” My husband’s words sent a zing of fury through my veins. It wasn’t the poor guy’s fault. He said the four harmless words, expecting me to hear something like my darling wife, you are important, too – please don’t feel like you have to accept discomfort in every fiber of your […]

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Thriving Through a Layoff: Toddler Teachable Moments

DAY 3 My 16-month old knows something is wrong. She’s right, but how can she possibly know that? DAY 1 12:38 pm – I’m called into a conference room with two of my colleagues, and there’s a box of tissues on the table. My breath catches in my chest as I hear things like “restructuring” […]

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