Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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I just mailed out my family’s annual Groundhog Day cards. Yes, we actually do send a card for Groundhog Day. Our tradition of “celebrating” Groundhog Day began as something of a joke. We are those lame people who can’t manage to get a card out around the real holidays like Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s.

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My snow days are numbered

My snow days are numbered

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Yesterday my youngest son checked the snow day calculator (yes, there really is such a thing) and was delighted to report that there was a high probability that there would be a snow day today. Sure enough, school was canceled and we are stuck inside as the wind and snow swirl outside. Despite the fact

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The Girlfriend

The Girlfriend

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We met her the weekend of his college graduation. Although they had only been together a few months, we already knew she was special to our son. She sat with us during commencement and a few people asked if she was our daughter because she has similar coloring to our youngest son. I tried to

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Whose life is it, anyway?

Whose life is it, anyway?

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As a mom with two sons in college, I often find myself wondering where they will be a few years from now when they have jumped through the last hoop that their father and I have set for them. Reflecting on my own time in college, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of choices

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A Thanksgiving Welcome Home

A Thanksgiving Welcome Home

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The days are starting to get shorter and colder and that means Thanksgiving — one of my favorite holidays — will be here in no time at all. I love everything about Thanksgiving: family togetherness, the food, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the fact that everyone in the U.S. celebrates

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The evolution of family life and love

The evolution of family life and love

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There is no love like the love between a parent and child. And though the depth of the love doesn’t change, the life stages of both parent and child do. Sometimes these changes are challenging and painful, leaving both parent and child to wonder if they will ever have a close relationship again. I am the

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A letter to my sons

A letter to my sons

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I was recently reflecting on my relationship with my sons and came to the realization that there are a few things I wish would change. For the most part, I have a pretty strong and close bond with my three boys. However, I admit that I am somewhat unsatisfied with the communication aspect of our

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Why I worry less

Why I worry less

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According to Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 rule, you need to do something for 10,000 hours before becoming world-class at it. Not just good, phenomenal. If that theory holds true, I am pretty much unparalleled at telling a child to go do his homework. In fact, I have stated that I want the phrase “Is

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