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Finding Something To Be Grateful For

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

This week is proving to be very deeply and personally difficult for me. I am in the middle of helping to make some rather important decisions that will impact other people’s lives. People for whom I am responsible and care deeply for. And because of this, it feels like my fears, insecurities and self doubt are winning the war against …

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Prepare Your Daughter for Menstruation – BlogHer

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

I remember the day my period started for the first time. I was 12 and other than hearing the vague and cryptic comments from my friends at school and an older sister who had shared a little bit about their own experiences with me, I was woefully unprepared.  I have good parents whom I love dearly, but I think there …

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Avoiding Skunks, Wasting Time, And Other Stories

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

Avoiding Skunks, Wasting Time, And Other Stories Many of my fabulous blogging friends are well known for doing their “Lately” posts that share a bit about what is going in their lives. I do not think I have ever done a post like that. So today I am going to share with you some of my updates with a few …

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Five Reasons You Might Think I’m A Mean Parent

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

I know not every parent has to agree on how best to parent. There are some things I do with my children when explained that get a few head shakes, but they work for us. So here are a five reasons that you might think I’m a mean parent. I Don’t Film Every School Concert or Play I admit to …

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My Little Fighter

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

Fourteen years ago I became a mother. This is my shared story of love, loss, strength and September 11th. Mostly it is the beginning of the story for My Little Fighter. Because there are many more stories yet to be written for her. Fourteen years ago I was young and I was pregnant with my first child. It had been …

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Dear Family and Friends, It’s Not You. It’s Me.

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

Dear Family and Friends, It’s Not You. It’s Me. It’s 9 am and just moments before, I feverishly put on an episode of Curious George. With the hope that the toddler will be entertained long enough for me to take a shower, alone. This means that at tops, I have exactly 7 minutes. I quickly race to the bathroom and …

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That Day I Froze And A Discussion On Anatomy

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

That Day I Froze And A Discussion On Anatomy There really is a difference between being an actual parent and just talking about being one. In my case, this became readily apparent when I realized that some of my pre parenting plans of action would be more difficult to follow through on than I anticipated. For example before children, I …

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Top Ten Tip-Offs You Are A Mother

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

A few weeks ago I was invited to guest blog by my friend Lysa and today on JENerally Informed in honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share an expanded version of the post I shared over there. To all of my fellow Mothers out there, here are the Top Ten Tip-Offs You Are A Mother: 1. You carry around …

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How To Share Difficult News With Children

In Motherhood, Parenting by Jen

My oldest daughter was born on September 10, 2001. Only one short day later, I sat in my hospital bed holding her and like the rest of the world watched in horror as the world changed and the World Trade Center crashed to the ground. This was my intro to parenting. It was a tough one. Because we live in …