Category Archives: Commentary

Isn’t Sibling Rivalry Normal?

Sibling rivalry is normal. Fights between sisters and brothers are so common that they’re often dismissed as just part of growing up. But a recent study from the University of New Hampshire finds that sibling aggression is associated with increased … Continue reading



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Toddler Time at the Nature Center

In 1916, the wild Cypress Creek wetlands of Coconut Creek, Florida were drained. This morning, I drive to Fern Forest Nature Center to visit the 247 acres of what remains. I want my 22-month-old son and to see our south … Continue reading



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Spring Celebration of New Life! (Wendy Sue’s Story)

Happy Spring, my friend!  Isn’t it truly magnificent how Mother Nature resembles our lives, and reminds us of our own natural transitions?  Like the blossoming ecstasy of new life after a cold and dark existence. This Spring, in particular, is … Continue reading



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Easter on Bikes

Unlike Christmas, I’ve yet to really formally lay claim to our family traditions for Easter. So far, they’ve changed every year. Some years we travel to my parents’ house — about 6 hours away by car. We still dye eggs … Continue reading



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Books That Celebrate Diversity

I’m the mom of two very different-looking children. My 5-year-old daughter has pale, porcelain skin, big blue eyes and straight blonde hair. My 1-year-old son is the color of espresso and boasts a Teeny Weeny Afro of tight, perfect ringlets. … Continue reading



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The Great Craigslist Hunt

The hub-sand and I were proud of ourselves for not falling for what we viewed as the toddler-bed fiasco: the idea that when your baby outgrows his crib, you must buy him a cute, junior-size bed. A year or so … Continue reading



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Perspectives in (Being) Happy

My new favorite song is Pharrell Williams “Happy.”  I always feel so empowered and well, pretty darn happy when I hear it.  I especially love the videos that he posted on his website – there is usually one person placed … Continue reading



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Spring Cleaning

It’s Spring! Alleluia! I know it’s here because I have heard the peepers at night proclaiming their joy from being stuck in the frozen tundra. The stillness has suddenly been broken by birds singing in the early morning. There have … Continue reading



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GEMS for Working Moms

Is your life an endless cycle, revolving around work and taking care of the kids? If so, you’re not alone. In a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, ½ of American women say they don’t have enough time … Continue reading



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New Celebrity Dads – Over 50 (A Commentary)

I recently read an article about older celebrity fathers: http://www.parentdish.ca/2014/03/14/fatherhood-celebrity-dads-50/#!slide=2483379.  The subject seems to repel and attract people with equal measure. As a new older dad, here are my thoughts about this: On one hand, I chuckle quietly and say good … Continue reading



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