Question of the Day: “How did I have the BEST conversation with my Teen?”

Talking to teens is tough, but it is not impossible. I know this because I’ve been teaching teens for 20 years and now I have a teen living in my house. Teens are many things. They can be unreasonable, uncommunicative and trying, but they can also be sensitive, struggling, and thoughtful. The real problem with…

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Question of the Day: “What have I learned from COVID?”

It was around my forty-fourth birthday when we went into lockdown due to COVID. Within days, announcements closing schools, restaurants, and stores circulated daily. The news became a dire list of terrible things happening and prophetic estimates about the future. Words like “first wave”, “second wave”, “shortages” and “synchronistic teaching” entered our vernacular. The world…

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Question of the Day: “How much worry is too much?”

Today, I am worried about my son. This past week he has been distant. Every time I try and talk to him, I feel like I push him further away with my words. Everything I say or ask creates an argument I didn’t mean to start. I know he is thirteen, but I am worried.…

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Single Mom Life: “Let’s get you skinny!”

The above quote was said to me by my eight-year-old son.  My son is eight going on eighty-five, and he loves his lists.  After hearing me gripe about not being able to go running because of the 22 degree wind chill, he decided to come up with an indoor workout we could both do.  Apparently,…

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Single Mom Life: Pimples & Pubic Hair

My son Cole is only 11, and I recently saw two emerging pimples on the left side of his nose. “Oh,” I said, “You’re getting pimples.”  I said it lovingly because I realized that this is his ascent into puberty. “Can I pop them?” “No,” he said with shock.  “Why would you do that?” “Come…

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Single Mom Life: A Little Poem for This Cold Morning

My Son Sometimes my son squeaks He points and gesticulates wildly trying to get his point across He can speak But, at that moment, he chooses not to For an entire day I go back and forth–worrying–maybe this is the time he stops talking altogether Do I force words from his lips, from his heart…

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Single Mom Life: Ode to a Mouse cont…

I don’t think I can do it.  Last night Cole and I tried setting the traps.  It went badly.  First, the peanut butter is much more greasy than I originally thought.  Second, the metal part of the trap that is supposed to swing down unto the mouse’s neck is tricky.  I pinched my fingers twice…

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Single Mom Life: Ode to a Mouse

It is less than a week before Christmas, and we are being visited by a mouse.  Well, it’s probably more than one.  My BF says that where there is one mouse, there is an entire nest of mice.  Awesome. I noticed it the other day as I was going through a drawer in my kitchen. …

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Single Mom Life & Baking

I am completely addicted to those baking shows.  I love watching people compete to win fame, recognition and prizes because they can out cook or bake someone else. I also love food.  Food has traditionally meant love in my life.  Feeding people good food is how I show my extreme appreciation for them being in…

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The Single Mom Life

I want to change the stigma that goes hand-in-hand with being a single mom.  I want to lift off the caked in belief that a single mom is always struggling.  Yes, we work hard, but I don’t think we work any harder than some women who are married.  Let’s be honest.  Even when I was…

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