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The Mom’s Code: Going Back to School

Written by Eileen Wacker Somewhere in my motherhood journey, Me, Myself and I became separate players on my personal team. Growing up, I was encouraged to do my best. Overachievement was admired. I worked really hard most of the time and had some pretty good jobs. When I got married, I had to learn to […]

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The Mom’s Code: Going Back to School

Somewhere in my motherhood journey, Me, Myself and I became separate players on my personal team. Growing up, I was encouraged to do my best. Overachievement was admired. I worked really hard most of the time and had some pretty good jobs. When I got married, I had to learn to compromise. I’ve never been […]

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Back To School Challenges

Guest Blogger By Shelle Lenssen After a fairly relaxed and laid-back summer, our family is in full-on back-to-school mode. Bedtimes are enforced, homework is done, backpacks are checked, and clean clothes are laid out nightly. Even though we’ve done this back-to-school routine for a few years now, this new school year feels a bit different. […]

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First Week of School

Guest Blogger By Kenna McHugh For the past week or so, I have been doing everything in my power to have a smooth transition from ending summer vacation as my kids start the new school year. All of it is challenging, but getting through this first week feels like an enormous achievement, and I give […]

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First Day of School Jitters

Guest Blogger By Kenna McHugh “I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.” – Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann” So, I have the jitters knowing that the first day of school is just a few weeks away. My eldest is going to be a junior in high […]

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Back To School: Mama Drama

Written by Guest Blogger Schelle Lenssen Yesterday morning, my soon-to-be second grader asked me how many days were left until school started again. I wasn’t sure and opened up a calendar and together we counted. I was more than a little surprised to see that the bulk of summer is already gone and the first […]

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Summer Passage

Summer Passage By Kenna McHugh “It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.” John Cheever One early summer morning, when I was nine years old, I had my first unexpected lesson about the birds and the bees. When I was young, kids went outside and played in the […]

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Family Road trips: Good and Not-So-Good

Written by Guest Blogger Schelle LenssenAn old proverb talks about “a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” My new spin on this classic wisdom is “a family road trip of 500 miles begins with the toddler throwing up in the back seat.” It certainly doesn’t have the same ring to it, does […]

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Mom’s Code Chronicle #6 Survival Tips for this time of Year

Written by Eileen Wacker Every year at this point in time, I’m just trying to survive the end of the school year. Intellectually, I know the big bang of stress and crushing amount of must do’s are coming, but I still get caught unaware. My four kids are exhausted so I’m dragging everyone to the […]

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A Mom’s Real Mother’s Day

Written by Guest bloggerShelle LenssenI know Mother’s Day is just around the corner because my first-grader is getting tight-lipped about the big project she’s working on in art class. She’s also nonchalantly asked if my favorite color is regular pink, light pink, or bright pink, and if I have ever eaten breakfast in bed. Likely […]

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