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Candy Monster: Glowing Book Review!

Authors: Brian & Kristin Anderson Illustrator: Anna Merrill On the dust jacket: Sam loves candy. His level-headed parents want him to eat healthy. But when this stubborn seven-year-old candy connoisseur is allowed to eat ALL the candy he wants, no one is prepared for the outrageous, magical, body-transforming, candy adventure that comes next! Candy House… Read more »

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Motherhood is Not For You

I’ve been a mother for four years now and it recently occurred to me that motherhood is not for me. Now, before you go calling my mom with concern, keep reading. I’ve never really been the motherly type. As a kid I hated babysitting, felt zero inclination to coo at a newborn, and frankly, I don’t like… Read more »

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The Thing About Bootstraps

“Daniel, you’re wrong!” I shout over the phone at my brother after he has the gall to tell me that, “Everybody has the same amount of problems, it all evens out.” I then proceed to explain to him (in very explicit detail) what a typical day is like for some trauma kids. Daniel doesn’t know… Read more »

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The Charade Is Over- Why I’m Not Cleaning My House For You Anymore

It happened twice this week. I took my two little kids to my friends’ houses for play-dates and their homes were spotless. I’m positive they cleaned their houses for me. So I could see it. So I could think to myself, “Her house is cleaner than mine, she’s perfect.” Why would my friends want me to… Read more »

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8 Things Moms Must Give Up in Exchange For Happiness

Bern Williams once said, “Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.” We quote our mothers because they raised us. They shaped our little brains. On top of teaching us language and manners, we learned about ourselves by watching our mothers. I believe that through their example, we learn what degree of happiness we can… Read more »

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Raising Healthy Daughters

Last month, my best friend came to me with concerns about EVERYONE calling her two year-old daughter “pretty.” Her concern was that “I feel like the world only notices her looks and is trying to place value on her outward appearance rather than her real strengths.” I can imagine people telling my friend and her daughter that they… Read more »