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Treasure family dinners


Growing up, it was a rite of passage.  If someone could survive an “Elliott family dinner,” the person was okay in our book. What happened at these dinners?  We shared stories.  We made fun of each other, even berated each … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #39: Put it in writing.


The struggle to pack school lunches is real. Today is my oldest’s first day of school, and my other two will follow suit next week.  Planning, shopping for and packing healthy, appealing lunches for the kids are not my favorite … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #38: Little kids, little problems; bigger kids, bigger problems


As I was texting about my frustration and embarrassment to a friend this morning whose children are younger than mine, I confessed that it seems the adage “little kids, little problems; bigger kids, bigger problems” rings true.  She stuck her … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #25: Mommy brain never goes away.


I wish I had better news for new moms.  But the truth is that the mommy brain fog, while it lifts after the newborn weeks, does not ever fully clear.  I have never been more certain of it.  When I … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #6: Birthing is not the height of parenting pain, it is the beginning of it.


Pre-bedtime dance parties can be super fun.  They can also be dangerous.  Tonight, after finally hooking up a radio in the boys’ room, Ethan was so excited to hear the Biebs that he jumped right into my mouth.  Like his … Continue reading

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What I Really Want for Mother’s Day.


Along the lines of my previous Top Ten list for Mother’s Day: I love being a mother.  Each of my children is such a blessing, and I really do – for the most part – enjoy serving them.  Yes, there … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #22: Everyone lies, especially parents


It’s possible my last post made me sound like an amazing parent who always sticks to her guns, never issues empty threats, and never goes back on what she says so her bipolar two-year-old will respond perfectly to every situation by … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #21: Two-year-olds are bipolar and skeptical.


Sometimes I think my daily life looks like the scene from “Coming to America” when Prince Hakeem meets his arranged betrothed, Imani Izzy.  Imani has been trained her whole life to do anything he asks of her, and he tests just … Continue reading

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A Different – And Desirable – Level of Crazy


I have completely neglected this blog.  There are a few reasons for it, or some might call them excuses, but I think they’re pretty valid.  I started a part-time job about a year ago, and while I love working in … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #20: Some lessons must be learned over and over. And over.


I’ve never before re-posted a blog.  But I’m amazed at how easy it is for me to lose perspective.  Sometimes I revisit my old posts because I need to re-read the lessons I thought I had learned. Originally, I called … Continue reading

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