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Lawnmower parenting: rushing ahead to remove all obstacles so your child has a smooth path.

The Rise of the Lawnmower Parent

It happened again this week. Several times, in fact. I’m a professor at a well-known local university, and my office is located directly across from the elevators. Because I maintain a literal “open-door” policy for my students, visitors often mistake me for the department secretary, as I am the first person they see when the elevator doors […]

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My Parenting Instruction Manual

Babies don’t come with instruction manuals. And no matter how many books you read on the subject of parenting and how many well intentioned friends/family tell you how to parent, you still aren’t ready. And let’s be honest, none of us really know what we are doing. We are learning as we go. Praying for […]

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Why I’m Teaching My Toddler Consent

My child isn’t even three yet and we’re already having “The Talk”.  Yes, that talk. You may wonder if he’s too young to have such mature conversation, but I think it has to begin early if he is to truly learn. We aren’t talking utility or contraception because the kid just realized he has a […]

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When You Have a Runner

When I was pregnant, I considered the nights I’d stay away with a sick kiddo or the sticky hands and face.  I thought about the time he would repeat a curse word he heard one of us mumble and I foresaw the pictures I would take of a little face smothered in spaghetti and chocolate. […]

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Sock and Shoe Organization

  Who else feels overwhelmed by socks and shoes? They’re like guerrilla invaders – all over my house and yet I’m constantly hunting for them. I’m the first to blame socks and shoes anytime I’m late for something. I put socks and shoes on Toddler, put Baby in the car, turn around, and Toddler is […]

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