I'm sure in my youth I noticed. I'm sure at some point in my teen years I stared at a sweetly cherubic face as he or she spoke words that sounded like words, but had no obvious meaning. I...
Kindergarten has changed a lot over the years. The year I started school, we only did a flannel board about the weather, played dress-up, had show and tell, milk and cookies and then we’d all go home. Nowadays, I...
What are little boys made of? Snakes and snails And puppy-dogs' tails That's what little boys are made of.   What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice And everything nice That's what little girls are made of.   I don't think this old nursery rhyme is true,...
It starts as a dull ache in my temples, followed by pain in my eyes. The room blurs and often spins. Smells become unbearable and sounds are excruciating. Often by the time this has all set in, half my...
We recently embarked on our second airplane trip with our three kids who are five- and two-and-a-half-year-old twins. The first time we flew with all three children was last year and it didn't go so great. Nobody wants to...
We have finally decided to take the plunge and potty train our 2 1/2 year-old-twins. We have boy/girl twins, so I knew it would be challenging to get them both on the same page, but I thought if we...
Defending my graduate thesis, swallowing radioactive iodine, giving birth, surgery, potty training. These are, in order of least to most, the things that I’ve been most apprehensive about in my 32 years of life. Am I being dramatic? Absolutely....

A Quiet Place

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Not the movie. But I do turn into a scary, sound-hunting momster during my son's quiet time. We didn't always do quiet time, but it became a life-or-death situation for my sanity. So, as of two weeks ago, we do...
When did we switch from acknowledging our child’s firsts, to focusing on their lasts? At what point did we stop lining their baby book with their first words, first bike ride, first sleepover and move to the last of...
I always struggle when my time comes to writing a blog post. I feel out of things to talk about and embarrassed that advice I give might seem silly or fake because on most days I feel like I’m...

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Where To See Santa In Chattanooga

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Santa Claus is coming to town! He's making a list, checking it twice, and making it easy on parents by hitting up several locations...