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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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Mother’s Day Memory

Guest blog by Kenna McHugh“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” —Jane Sellman My mother worked so hard as a single parent raising three kids on her own. Unlike today, there were no government subsidies, tax credits, or other opportunities for help. Yet, she instilled the value of sharing the joy of life. My mother worked […]

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Mom’s Code Chronicle #5 Celebrations and Mishaps

Written by Eileen WackerMy most profound memories stand out as moments of extreme joy or pain. Many of the most joyous ones happened during celebrations when I embraced my family’s love, received gifts, ate favorite foods, dressed in new clothes, and felt perfectly carefree without school or other obligations. But that was when I was […]

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Weddings: Celebrations Uniting Families

As Muslims, many festive celebrations and rituals govern our lives. From the colourful clothes on Eid ul Fitr to the mouthwatering delicacies prepared on Eid ul Adha, we love celebrating our rituals with feelings of love, compassion and sharing. Similarly our family celebrations are also a reflection of the religious values and cultural norms present […]

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How A Mom Helps When Holidays Go Wrong

Guest blog by Kenna McHugh“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” ― Bob HopeMy children have always loved Christmas.My sister-in-law announced, “We’ve decided to celebrate Christmas with the family on Christmas Eve. I know, we haven’t done […]

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