Independence for All

Having just celebrated our nation’s independence, it got me thinking about my boys and their level of independence. In our family structure, since I am mostly a full-time stay-at-home parent, I often wonder if they have age-appropriate life skills in place. They rely heavily on me to guide them through their day-to-day life and I

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For the Love of Reading (Part One)

When my boys were young, they were rambunctious.  I had a difficult time managing their high energy levels as well as my expectations of them.  I had never been tackled-hugged in all my life before having them.  Once they entered my world, tackle-hugs were the norm. Whenever we were home for extended periods, negotiating their

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Proof That You Matter

People show us we matter in a variety of ways.  When we truly matter to someone, they show up for us with comforting consistency.  They answer our calls or texts, even in the middle of the night, and they do so with regularity.  A busy person can still show you that you matter to them.

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The Tale of Two Grandparents

A few weeks back while we were enjoying our holiday break, I was seated in a common area of a family friendly gym we were visiting.  My boys and husband were finishing up the last bit of their workout, and I had a couple of minutes to myself.  As an introvert immersed in the middle

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The Walk and Talk

Ever since we were able to reincorporate dogs back into our home well over three years ago, daily walks are a part of my life.  When I had my first dog, Kisses (may she rest in peace), I walked that dog all over Wrigleyville.  As my family expanded and we moved to the suburbs, my

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