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Mom’s Code Chronicles #3: Best Part of Waking up

Written by Eileen WackerGetting four kids up and out every day is a reckless endeavor my younger self never imagined and I’ll never master it. Today, my morning started with my teen daughter announcing, “I’ve decided to skip track team tryouts. I don’t want that time commitment right now.” It’s junior year, the worst possible […]

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Mom Misdemeanors

I get everyone home and lament I’m headed to the choir performance in the same faded sundress I put on at 6 a.m.. When I get there, I see so many moms that I like. My husband slips in at the last possible second and holds my hand. The kids come out and sing like […]

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Dull Moments?

Written by Eileen WackerI had a tough day today. Two of my four kids had no school due to a teacher development day so it should have been a simple and straightforward day. But it never turns out that way.As my 12 year-old went to exit the car, I noticed the shorts she wore were […]

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Chinese New Year: Tips for Moms in the Monkey Year

Written by Eileen Wacker February 8th kicks off the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, the first day of Chinese or Lunar New Year. The Year of the Monkey promises to bring both brag-worthy and cringe-worthy moments for moms. Luckily, there are more peaks! On the plus side, monkeys are the innovators of the zodiac […]

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News & Reviews

Campaign of Giving 2015

Eileen Wacker believes increasing children’s literacy has a real, measurable positive impact. For the second year in a row, Wacker donated a book to every kindergartener in the Barrett Russell School in Wacker’s hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts. The principal, Joanne Camillo, says most of her children don’t own any books. 85% of the children live below the […]

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The Puppy Trap

Written by Eileen WackerOne moment of weakness and now I have a dog for twelve to fifteen years. I forgot how much work puppies are. We already have one dog, a Tibetan spaniel named Buster Brown. He is cute and basically a good dog but he caused quite a bit of damage to our house, […]

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Disney Training For the DMV

Yesterday I took my son to get his driving permit at the DMV. There was no school for him due to a teacher development day. The other three still had school so I was up by 6:00 to make breakfast and drive them. My kids are never all in school for five days in a […]

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Is the Truth Over-rated?

Written by Eileen Wacker As parents, my husband and I have always insisted that telling the truth is critical. It is one of our most important rules. No lying. Lying is a sure way to get your phone taken away or earn some other dreaded consequence. But now that my four kids are teens and […]

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Humans Are Lucky

Today like every day, I wake up and think, “I’m lucky. I’m happy. I’m not going to get mad at my husband, my four kids or our two dogs Buster Brown and Chewbacca (“Chewie”). But usually I’m fighting the urge to yell before breakfast is over. The morning routine never gets easier. I try to […]

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Halloween Costume Ideas for 2015

Written by Eileen Wacker Trick-or-treatingand Halloween weekend parties are almost here. So is the chance for every child (and many adults) to be whoever he/she wants to be for an evening. They may look up to an idol or love to make a political statement in a funny way. Here’s my list of Halloween costumes […]

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