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To birthday party or not to birthday party?

“So you really don’t want a party this year?” I was scared to ask since I was already in the clear, but my Mom Duty forced me to confirm this choice. “No. I don’t know what we’d do and I don’t want to decide who to invite. So…no.” A twelfth birthday isn’t exactly a milestone. If she was younger I…

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Freaky Friday: New, Improved, and LIVE

My oldest daughter is not yet a teenager, but I can see the current tween version of her teetering towards her future teenage self. She is becoming fluent in sarcasm and subversion. Occasionally she has accused me of “not understanding” her. Her scowl is well-practiced. But she’s a good kid. Aims to please, has good grades, good friends, good intentions. My first…

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The Thing About Being a Mom

I don’t know if it was always this way or if this is just a product of modern marketing, but it seems like moms are usually depicted as all being the same. Like we all think the same way and like the same things. Get annoyed by the same things. Want the same things. The exception of course is the Mom…

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