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Maintaining open lines of communication with your kids once they’re out of the house.

Maintaining open lines of communication with your kids  once they’re out of the house.

Despite the ups and downs of being a Mom, and all the times I’ve heard “Mom you’re so annoying!” — the closeness that my kids and I share is priceless. I am so proud of our open lines of communication. From all the relationship issues to work related issues, and all the personal and public things in between, I would have never expected for my kids to tell me so much about their stuff.  Nowadays, whenever I have a date with my son, I jokingly tell people, “Shhhhh! Don’t tell Larry I’m out with another man!” We laugh, it’s our fun...

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How to help your child make a career choice

How to help your child make a career choice

My daughter has been the girly girl type since as far back as I can remember. From dancing and singing, to clothes and hair, what I remember most is how much she loved to sing. She always knew she wanted to pursue singing in some way, and despite saying that she wanted to become a babysitter and a teacher when she grew up, she never stopped focusing on singing and a career in music. My son was different. My son never really knew what he wanted to do. Which is definitely a normal thing for teenagers to experience. Some children...

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The Four Signs Your Parenting Has Worked

The Four Signs Your Parenting Has Worked

You know that you have done a “good” job bringing up you kids for more reasons than one. I put the word “good” in quotes, because there is no one way to be a good parent. Some Moms will never believe they’re good enough, and of course if we go based on our children or society’s standards, we’ll never feel 100% good about anything. So the first step to self-validating our Mom status is to accept that “good” is a wide definition, created by many people’s parenting styles. That said, I do believe there are some telltale signs that your...

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The Parties Are Still At My House

The Parties Are Still At My House

As a parent, I am almost always hosting a party for my kids. When they were young, it was a given. Funny enough, that hasn’t changed even though they’re grown up now. My house is still where all the parties happen, and almost always I’m still the event planner. Birthdays, family get togethers, national holidays, all of it.  “Are you always in the mood to plan?” You might ask.  “NOOOOO! But I do it because I have the space and all the things that everyone wants and needs for their party.” What I’m told is that it’s only going to...

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The Tables Turn - Parenting Throughout the Years

The Tables Turn - Parenting Throughout the Years

Parenting my children when they were younger was a big exercise in patience and telling them over and over and over and over to “get out of the kitchen” or “honey you’re in my way” or “just one second, can’t you see I’m doing a million things right now?”  The best and funniest part of parenting throughout the years is when the tables turn.  Let me explain. When a parent with younger children is hosting a party, an event, or a dinner at home — there is so much involved in the entire process. From the shopping, cooking, preparing the...

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