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Is Overscheduling for Real? 5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Balanced

I’m standing in the kitchen at a three-year old’s birthday party talking with the other moms about our kids’ interest in music when a quiet, yet distinct turn takes place in the seemingly benign conversation.  Suddenly, we have entered the realm of, “My kid will be better than yours because I am a better parent than […]

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Be Careful With Her: Reflecting on Sending My Daughter to Kindergarten

My daughter is seven—and three quarters. Old for her grade because of a September birthday, she starts second grade this August. But it feels like about a minute ago that I picked her up from her last day of preschool. It was a small place just for educators’ kids. On employees’ last day of work […]

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Nashville Guide to Father’s Day Gifts — That Won’t Hide in His Closet

Father’s Day is coming. Although I love the fathers in my life dearly, it seems all of them either have everything they want, have no room for anything else, or are straight up picky.  So here’s what my already stressed brain wants to do for Father’s Day gifts: nothing. Okay, not nothing. But I may just […]

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Summer in Splashville: Pool and Splashpad Roundup

Summer is my favorite season. It’s the season of ice cream treats, summer movies, summer camp, and some truly fantastic farmers markets in Nashville. I have always been a waterbug—a girl who should have been born much closer to the beach. I’ll take 90 degrees over 30 any day. But dang, it gets hot here. Recall last year’s eternal summer? When […]

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Double the Whaaatt?! A Twin Mom’s Guide to Baby Gear

Once upon a beautiful May day, an ultrasound technician VERY casually said to me, “So you’re having identical twins.” She may have said other things. I do not know. What I do know is that my reaction went something like this: lead-in of total disbelief, escalating into panic, and then mellowing into complete overwhelmdom, which is […]

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Can’t We All Just Wear Green? Make St. Patrick’s Day Simple Again.

I heart green—kelly, emerald, olive—lovely, lovely green. And yet, somehow, every March 17 at o’dark thirty, I dig through drawers and dare to smell what’s in my dirty clothes basket in hopes that there’s something clean enough to get by with it for just one more day—for the sake of holiday cheer. I can roll like […]

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