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Grass Stains and Touchdowns

I love to watch kids playing football. Their varying degrees of grass stains, interest, and commitment. It looked like a [...]
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Oh, Prom. You Mess With My Heart.

I found out on Tuesday that prom was happening.   I mean, I knew prom was happening, the same way [...]
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Slaps.

Our family schedule now allows for exactly two dinners together each week. Two nights a week, I pull out all [...]
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Baby Ben, a Digital Robot, & My First Go at Grandparenting

My memory-keeper apps brought up this story from a year ago, when we got to know Baby Ben the digital [...]
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Too Soon for Neuter Jokes, Mom.

The puppies were spayed and neutered yesterday. Molly’s was laparoscopic, two small incisions, so she seems to be doing well. [...]
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Dynamic Duos and “The Guy with the Hoe”

Today makes seventeen halloweens. And I have very little to do with any of it.  I’m now the comfy lady [...]
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Thoughts on Prom Night

I was standing on the sidelines, technically behind the sidelines, tucked into a grove of pine trees. Anywhere else I [...]
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Brick Wall

We are at the life stage where the boys come home late at night after a shift at work or [...]
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Baby Ben, a Digital Robot, & My First Go at Grandparenting

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this recently, but Tuck is in tenth grade.  He has far surpassed my height, [...]
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Gentlemen’s Academy

Somehow, I have become the mom sitting by the mirrors outside the men’s dressing room, while the sons try on [...]
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The Things We Might Say

If she tells you she wishes her car got better gas mileage, that doesn’t mean she wishes she’d never learned [...]
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On Dating the Daughters

“Mom, I asked her to be my girlfriend. But don’t worry – I talked to her dad already.” “You asked [...]
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We Are Trying to Be Civilized.

Maybe you’ve seen this story that’s circulating on social media: “Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student [...]
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So Much “Leisure Time”

Back when I was navigating the long days with little people, some researchers endeared themselves to me with a released [...]
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Ranch Dressing and Orgasms

“Mom, did you know they make ranch dressing seasoning?” one son says. “I feel like she bought that already,” says [...]
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Our Loudest Easter Story

I wanted to send this story to you on Easter morning or the night before, but things got away from [...]
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Locked in a Bedroom: A Good Friday Gone Wrong

It’s been more than a decade since this Good Friday situation, the day Baby Tyler locked Toddler Tucker and me [...]
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The Very Definition

  Looking through some old journals tonight, I found this dialogue from four-year-old Tucker: “Mommy, let’s make a train. Tyler [...]
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Sparkly, Shiny Promises

A few years ago, I kept things lively with a special treat for the boys each day of spring break. [...]
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“Don’t Use Her Name.”

My son witnessed an assault against a young woman in his P.E. Class. A situation of a young man wielding [...]
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