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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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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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The Moms Code: Halloween Mayhem

Written by Eileen WackerHalloween is a scary time for year for me, not because I’m afraid of ghosts, but rather because Halloween always ends up putting this mom in the eye of the storm. Halloween is a controversial holiday in our house. I have four teenagers; no, that is not a ghost story – I […]

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