Archive for July 2012

Bullied: Take back your power and reclaim your life

Bullied: Take back your power and reclaim your life
It started with a puncture wound – a deep, sharp stab in my tender young skin. Cruel words can cut deeper than any knife. My elementary school was located in an utopian suburb with tree-lined streets, lush green yards and stay-at-home mothers who baked cupcakes for their children even when it wasn’t anyone’s birthday. I... Read more »

The 12 Days of Preeclampsia: The Birth (Part 2)

The 12 Days of Preeclampsia: The Birth (Part 2)
Day 12 (May 12, 2011) Mr. C’s Birthday!: It seemed like a normal day (including stomach, chest and back pains with swollen feet and legs). In no way did I expect to give birth to my first child on this day. The day started out quite exciting. My sister-in-law’s boyfriend (now husband) was all over... Read more »

Overscheduling: Defeating the Purpose of Summer

Overscheduling: Defeating the Purpose of Summer
I live in a special part of Northwest Indiana where the winters are long, the cold, brutal and piercing. I firmly believe that my house gets more snow each year than any other house in my town, and each year, I take a picture of my yard stick in the snow to prove it. This... Read more »
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Aurora, Colorado Shooting Calls for Parenting Changes

Aurora, Colorado Shooting Calls for Parenting Changes
I woke up with the rest of our nation to the devastating news about the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Each television station flashing the ever-changing stats of a heartbreaking disaster. - 12 dead - 38 wounded - 6 year old killed - 3 month old baby wounded Television anchors carelessly filling the gaps... Read more »

Masculine Confusion in Aisle 9 – A Suburban Dad Hits the Drugstore

Masculine Confusion in Aisle 9 –  A Suburban Dad Hits the Drugstore
The first thing I notice when I pull into my neighborhood CVS is that the sign is gone. The “Parking Reserved for Pregnant Women” sign the local moms found so cute when we first moved into suburbia had been ripped from its moorings, leaving a big blotchy stain on the wall that will stand as... Read more »

Camping With Kids, Part 1

Camping With Kids, Part 1
Last Friday, I loaded the token suburban minivan with enough food, clothing, sunscreen and bug spray to survive in the wilderness for a year. After three summers of camping, I really should know better. The three hour drive to Holland, Michigan from Aurora, Illinois did give me plenty of time to think about these last... Read more »
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So, This is Summer

So, This is Summer
I grew up riding horses competitively. Every summer was horse show season, so I had to limit my sodium intake to make sure my boots fit (my legs swell) and pump up my protein intake to ensure I was performing at my peak. The hotter the days, the earlier I woke up to work all... Read more »

School and the Shy Child

School and the Shy Child
Recently, my 3 and 1/2 year old hit a milestone that had me stressed out and worried: his first foray into the school system. This may seem like small time peanuts to some of our readers. I can envision someone patting me on the head saying, “Just wait until the teen years, dear, then you... Read more »

The 12 Days of Preeclampsia: My Story (Part 1)

The 12 Days of Preeclampsia: My Story (Part 1)
With my baby boy just turning one, I’d thought it was time to get my birth story down in writing. This was such an important, scary, and confusing time in my life. Although, I’ve been procrastinating, I’m nervous to write it down and bring up all the emotion again but here goes. This is the... Read more »
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Kids and Pets: A Cautionary Tail

Kids and Pets: A Cautionary Tail
I’ll admit it – I grew up in a zoo. We had dogs, birds, fish, hamsters, a cat, a snake and a box turtle. And it seemed like at some point,they all reproduced. I swore that my house would be different. I told everyone when I grew up and got my own house, I wasn’t... Read more »