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Who comes first–your kids or your spouse?

Who comes first–your kids or your spouse? Ask any couple this question and odds are they’d insist hands-down, their spouse...

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Pillowtalk Podcast – Episode 01

Can moms really get their mojo back…should women keep their maidens names when they marry…and our favorite things of the week....

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The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Approach to Foster Parenting

This week’s Take Five features Peggy Corra, a counselor whose work in child welfare makes her a passionate supporter of people who...

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Three Lessons from Life on the Farm

If you live in a city or a suburb, you should treat yourself to a taste of country life.  I drove through fog and the most beautiful fall...

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A Letter To My Son’s Birth Mom

To the woman who birthed my son, Our little boy turns five today. Five glorious years ago, a baby you named Mikhail wailed into the world....

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The Fear Mongering Machine

Every morning, my kids know their cue to be quiet is when I take my cup of coffee to the dining room table and flip open my computer to...

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So Hard to Say Goodbye…

Do goodbyes ever get easier with age?  My son set off security censors at the airport when he tried to break through to hug my parents who...

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False Expectations: Labels, Limits & Love

Do you find yourself using stereotypes to frame your expectations of people…including yourself?  Three weeks ago, I was serving at...

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Daughter Dearest: Mommy Wants Her Mojo Back!

I threw on sweatpants and a t-shirt today. I never wear sweatpants. Or t-shirts. I like to glam it up to greet the day. But I.give.up....

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Sleep, Baby…Sleep

If you ever need a guard dog, call my daughter. She will bark. And bite. And howl her head off at all hours of the night. It’s half...