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Nosy Parenting Experts and Shoe less Toddlers: Adventures at the Thrift Store

I don’t usually think of myself as a jerk. In fact, I think I’m too nice most of the time. I give strangers the benefit of the doubt too often. Someone cuts in line at the grocery store, why say something? They must really need that frozen burrito. But in the last few months, I’ve caused several people to accuse me of being an asshole in fairly benign settings (like at the library’s return desk). And now I can add the thrift store to that list.

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Parenting-Induced Aphasia

You would think that after several years of being a parent, I would know enough to rarely be surprised by the behavior of children. A toddler insisting that pajamas are real clothes and real clothes cause her skin to hurt? Nope. A child wiping all the cheese sauce off the mac n’ cheese he just […]

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5 Realistic Ways to Make Pet Ownership More Like Parenting

I’ll admit up front: I’m not much of a pet person. Growing up, my family only had a handful of pets, few of the traditional. There were a few tiger barb fish my sisters and I had to share until, out of boredom from living in the suburbs, they (the barbs, not the sisters) turned […]

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Growing Up Italian-American- Little Christmas

When my grandmother, the matriarch of our Italian-American clan, died, I inherited the music box we all called Dancing Santa. It was a beloved Little Christmas gift—an Epiphany gift—from several years earlier, from when I was probably ten. We were shopping at the after Christmas sales my grandmother loved. She always bought 95% of her […]

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