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The Mom’s Code – Judging Moms: Food Glorious Food (Part Three of Five)

Written by Eileen Wacker(with contributed stories from mom friends)I don’t want to be judged on my baking skills. I’m too busy to imitate Betty Crocker and the only time I liked Martha Stewart was when she was in jail. Nonetheless, I don’t want my store-bought treats sent to the back ‘table of shame’ with the […]

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The Mom’s Code – Judging Moms: Who is setting the standards? (Part Two of Five)

I don’t believe there is a best way to raise kids. I have four kids who are all different. Two are adopted, two are biological. Two are girls and two are boys. My oldest is Chinese and lived her first years in Connecticut, followed by time in Seoul and now we call Honolulu our home. […]

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The Mom’s Code – Judging Moms (Part One of Five)

Everyone makes assumptions. One time I yelled at my child for not making it to the wastebasket as she puked in the mall. Another mom gave me ‘the frown’ or what I call the ‘shame on you’ shake of the head. I wanted to yell, “Don’t shake your head at me unless you understand what […]

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My Journey to The Mom’s Code; Part Five (of Five) Wouldn’t Trade it for the World

Written by:Eileen Wacker There were many nights, that I lost sleep. I would stay up all night thinking about the mom stories. These realities—the loss of career dreams, the embracing of a new life as a mom, making new important mom friends and evolving with old friends who became moms like me. How we are […]

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My Journey to The Mom’s Code; Part Four (of Five) Ripper the Tiger

Written by:Eileen Wacker I went to NYC to run a booth in a book fair. I met an old friend, Louisa, for dinner at a funky midtown restaurant after a grueling day of hosting the booth events and having an author reading. I sat at the table, early as always, waiting, wondering if a warm […]

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My Journey to The Mom’s Code; Part Three (of five) It’s not all Facebook Fabulous

Written by:Eileen Wacker The strangest feeling pushed its way into my soul. That it had to be me at home raising ‘them’, the four ankle biters. That I couldn’t leave this immense responsibility to anyone else – not even our greatest babysitter. Part of me wanted it to be me. I wanted to be thought […]

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My Journey to The Mom’s Code: Part Two (of Five) – “I’m free…free falling”

Written by Eileen Wacker The day of my daughter’s surgery was the worst day of my life. We drove in silence, a silence so loud I could hear it. I was unable to make a single cheery remark. My cheerleader self was shaken to the core and I swiped the tears away before my little […]

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My Journey to The Mom’s Code: Part One (of Five) – Ankle Biters

Written by:Eileen WackerWe face one of the great issues of our time. We grew and cultivated millions of achievement-oriented females then set them loose on parenting. Schools, friendship circles, sports, activity groups—entire communities—have highly trained operatives completely focused on raising perfect children. Being a perfect mom is a career pursued by women, trained to attack […]

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Thanksgiving Lesson: Can’t Judge a Person by Their Neighborhood

Written By Kenna McHugh “The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” Charles Kuralt When I was nine years old, my Girl Scout troop organized a Thanksgiving project sharing home cooked meals from four different nationalities. The project not only taught me about ethnic foods but […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey, Pies and ‘Thankful Tree’

Written byShelle LenssenAll families have their own way of doing Thanksgiving and passing on traditions. Growing up, I thought my family’s Thanksgiving Dinners were pretty typical. We’d have a big turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and Jell-o salad. We’d go around the table and each say something we were thankful for, stuff […]

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