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Parenting

Bad News: Explaining Current Events to A Kindergartener

I think we can all agree that 2011 has already seen many incredibly shitty things happen in the world. Early in the year, we saw Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords targeted in a mass shooting in which six other people were killed. In the last few weeks, people have been killed in droves in Libya, and Japan […]

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Open Thread

Good Night, Sweet Valentines

So another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. It can be a lot of pressure, no? For those without Valentines, it’s kind of annoying. For those with new Valentines, it’s the gauging how you and your new love will celebrate the holiday. For Valentines who’ve been around the block a few times with each other, […]

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Pop Culture

The Magic of the Muppets

Friday Mr. Sally J and I pulled our kindergartener out of school and went on a road trip. We took the family to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry for the day, and it didn’t disappoint.

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New Show Recap

Parenthood Recap: Being the Parent

After weeks of hiatus, Parenthood was back last night. Tonight’s theme was being the parent — Crosby learned to tell his son no, Julia has a conversation about death with her daughter, Adam has to make a judgment call about a young man is daughter is dating, and Sarah has to confront her ex-husband’s substance […]

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Parenting

Trick’s on YOU, Mom! (I Think the Kids are in for the Candy)

Do you remember Halloween as a kid? I have vague memories of trick or treating in my neighborhood, and maybe attending a party or two. There was usually a classroom party and maybe a Girl Scout party thrown in for good measure. Sometimes there was a trip to the pumpkin patch, but usually we got […]

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Parenting

Away from Home in Our Own Backyard

This past weekend was my daughter’s fall break from school. Does a kindergartener really need a “break” per se? I don’t know, but I’m sure her teacher appreciated a few days away from her charges.