Our life is like 'Scooby-Doo'
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Our life is like 'Scooby-Doo'

How is our life like "Scooby-Doo"? For one, there is always a mystery. It could be anything from a broken window to a stolen piece of gum. Here's the rest of my top 10:

This is the Burn Unit
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This is the Burn Unit

“Oh yeah! Well you don't know Moana!” Just the latest burn in an ongoing war on my sanity. Just like the “your mama” of our adolescence, the kids are learning how put each other down, and it's never been more ridiculous.

Sleeping in on picture day and that 'Home Alone' moment
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Sleeping in on picture day and that 'Home Alone' moment

WE SLEPT IN!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I leap out of bed screaming, "Everyone get up!" Of course it's picture day. The one day we sleep in on accident. Luckily, we've laid out clothes. Unluckily, our hair resembles that of a hedgehog - and this applies to everyone!

I'll take 'Ways I'm failing as a parent' for 600, Alex
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I'll take 'Ways I'm failing as a parent' for 600, Alex

What are: Things my children won't do. I'll take: Ways I'm failing as a parent for 600, Alex. Seriously though. Is it just my kids? Or is it all kids?

Turtlenecks and Brussels sprouts
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Turtlenecks and Brussels sprouts

As my head comes through the top I'm trying on, I feel it grip on my neck and all of a sudden I'm 9 and choking. Not really, of course, but that's how it used to feel when I was forced to wear a turtleneck.

Unnecessary criticism
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Unnecessary criticism

My oldest daughter comes down once again with her hair in a matted mess and not a care in the world. "Your hair looks terrible!" ... Yeah, I said it. Upon further reflection, I feel the more I criticize her on the little things, the less heard I fear I become.

Sunsets and winning conversations
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Sunsets and winning conversations

He's staring out the car window into a cornfield when out of nowhere he says, "It's just like when you're talking to a good friend ... it's the same thing with God ... you know?" It's the kind of memory you stick in your pocket and pull out later to savor. You know, especially in the times when you want to scream at him for not being able to find his backpack.

Distraction parenting
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Distraction parenting

I'm a firm believer that parenting is 90 percent distraction. There's always a problem and most problems don't have a quick fix, or can't really be fixed because they aren't real problems. Some of these non-problems will come in the form of questions you don't want to answer. That's when I say, "Oh my goodness! Look at that squirrel!"

Planting seeds in these Girl Scouts
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Planting seeds in these Girl Scouts

My daughter's fourth-grade Girl Scout troop is focused on completing their Bronze Award by helping with Quincy's community gardens. In the process, they're learning life skills such as time management, budgeting, leadership and community service.

Don't fix the cup
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Don't fix the cup

So let's say my kid gets a yellow cup. Let's also hypothetically assume that today they hate yellow and they are going to have a problem with that. Now because we live in a world of problem solvers, everyone wants to fix the yellow cup fiasco. Here's the thing though. We do not have an actual problem.

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