Kid fights and movie nights
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Kid fights and movie nights

I just got off the phone with someone who described one of my kids as wonderfully expressive. Unfortunately, the child is drawn to trouble and occasionally expresses herself with her fists. Rarely does she start the tomfoolery, but often she finishes it.

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Operation Hide Shorts
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Operation Hide Shorts

We've all been putting it off, but the time has come. It's time for the seasonal wardrobe change. It's November and I don't care if we do have the odd day that hits 70, it's fall and we're going to act like it. Wear some pants and act like you've got a mother who loves you!

Daylight Savings Time is to blame for everything
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Daylight Savings Time is to blame for everything

Whoever came up with the crazy idea of Daylight Savings Time - thanks a lot. Jerk. You know who it's especially hard on? Moms of little ones!

Feeding the animals
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Feeding the animals

When my sister comes to visit from out of town, she really loves to feed the animals at the Illinois Veterans Home. When she asked if we should stop at the store to pick up some food, I shot her a smile and knowingly said, "No, there's plenty of food in this van."

Don't forget the veggie tray
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Don't forget the veggie tray

Whether you're coming back from a vacation or a stay in the hospital, transitioning back to life with kids can be hard.

Hormonal rollercoaster
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Hormonal rollercoaster

Get me off this crazy pre-teen hormone ride! There are just too many ups and downs and, if possible, more downs. I knew it was always coming and I knew it would be hard, but knowing and living it daily are two different things.

Keepers of Karma
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Keepers of Karma

For every girl out there who's had her feelings hurt by another girl, there's a mom out there who will never forget that girl's name and where she lives. I joke ... but seriously.

Am I too old to go trick-or-treating?
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Am I too old to go trick-or-treating?

No! You are never too old to celebrate! Life is short and childhood is even shorter. If you come to my house dressed in costume and say, "trick-or-treat," I don't care if you're 40. I will hand over the candy.

Childhood insecurities
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Childhood insecurities

I think a lot of our insecurities as an adult stem from events in our childhood that draw attention to what we are not - whether it was not making a team or falling behind in a class. Our failures haunt us more than our successes. Why?

Should kids watch the news?
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Should kids watch the news?

As I watch the news from the other room on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I tense up thinking about the kids coming in and whether I should turn it off.

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