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My Daughter, the Know-It-All

My daughter is a challenging mix of brainpower and willpower. The qualities that can make her difficult to parent are, ultimately, the qualities that will probably serve her best in life. Stubbornness turns into perseverance. Bossiness turns into leadership. That said, as her mom, I find myself questioning how much to guide her and when […]

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Grief: Saying Good-Bye When You’re “Not That Close”

  “Were you two close?” I’ve asked this when friends have experienced a loss, but I never realized it was a loaded gun until now. If you answer, “yes,” well okay, you’re allowed to grieve. People encourage it even. When the answer is “not really,” this well-meaning inquiry becomes a quick way of dismissing someone’s […]

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The Great Princess Debate

Like every great debate, there are two sides. I’ve heard the statement “please don’t call my daughter a princess” from a few friends/family members. Before having a daughter I never gave the issue much thought. When my daughter was very young I found myself conflicted while introducing her to Disney movies.  At the same time, […]

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