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The Truth Behind Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a behavior disorder found in children that affects the way they interact with parents, teachers, siblings, and peers. Beginning at home, children can become overwhelmed with emotions when they are told no. They combat being told no in various ways and lash out abruptly. They also can become violent towards authority […]

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Unfollow, Unfriend, Block: The People I’m Letting Go This Year

Okay, I know, I’m pretty sure the last three posts I’ve written have been about either things that annoy me, things I refuse to do anymore, or some other whiny things. But as 2016 begins, I just want one last purge of the things I’ll be leaving behind in 2015, including certain types of people. […]

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My Tried and True Parenting Motto

I’m a big fan of mottos and quotes. For example, my personal happiness motto comes from one of my favorite writers, Kelly Corrigan, who often talks about her three-part formula for happiness: “Make yourself useful doing something hard with good people.”  When I think back to my happiest memories–the moments when I felt most fulfilled […]

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Why I Love Being a Working Mom

I’ll admit it: Before having my daughter this spring, I sporadically fantasized about staying home. During a stressful work week, I’d imagine an idealistic lifestyle of leisurely stroller walks, engaging trips to the Children’s Museum, and chunks of time for myself when the baby napped. But our household requires my income, so I began my […]

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Childhood Unsupervised: A Thing of The Past?

Motherhood used to involve currently-ludicrous concepts like letting your children play outside unsupervised or walk to school alone. This gave mom and kids a chance to live a few moments of life without each others consuming presence. Freedom allowed adults to have adult conversations (or a bit of alone time), children to have crucial unsupervised […]

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