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I try to be a positive person. I think it’s a good quality to look at the bright side of situations. I learned to do this at a young age but I recently started to see the danger in...
"What is it like to date a white man?"I remember this question vividly as a young intern at an elementary school. My future mother in law was a kindergarten teacher, and one of her coworkers was very curious about...
Miscarriage.  It's one of the most common forms of pregnancy loss, but it's difficult to talk about.If you've ever had one, the word alone brings you right back to that moment. The moment that you felt motherhood was robbed...
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I am a sucker for anything sweet. Make it warm and delicious and I like it even more! I love like to bake. Here is my problem, I like to EAT baked goods but I detest having to be...
You may think that celebrating Christmas in a multicultural family is difficult. It can be, but the key to a successful holiday in is compromise.This is true for any family, especially when husbands and wives are bringing traditions from...
Much has been said about this year's presidential election, way too much at times. We do discuss politics a little in my house but not extensively because my husband and I don't agree so it never goes well. We...
One of the things I love the most about my kids' school is how much they focus on the positive attributes of my children.  I have never gotten a negative comment about their academic performance or behavior without a...
I try to be a positive person. I think it’s a good quality to look at the bright side of situations. I learned to do this at a young age but I recently started to see the danger in...
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 Since becoming a mother, I've made more apologies that I can count. Sorry to my friends, family, coworkers, husband (you get the idea).Balancing it all becomes a challenge, especially with each additional child that you add to the equation....
We were at my niece’s birthday party a few weeks ago and my 3-year-old did something I told him not to do. He proceeded to do it a second time. I told him not to do it again. I...
 Having children changes everything. This is just a fact we all think we know. I just think it is a fact that doesn't totally sink in until you are really living it.Before having kids you tell yourself that you...
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