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    Teaching inclusivity is not a quick lesson

    0 Nothing prepares you for the first time your kid gets sent to the principal’s office. And, when the reason he is sent to the principal’s office is because he’s being a jerk, you want to crawl under a rock. At five years old, my bright, wild boy went to Kindergarten this year. Gone are […]

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    Motherhood after major surgery

    +1 In last month’s issue, I got real (and a little TMI) about my upcoming hysterectomy. This month I’m reporting back on how surgery went and what the life of a recovering mom looks like. ** spoiler alert: she needs a lot of help, and probably a shower. I checked in for surgery early in […]

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    It’s summer and there’s a party in my garage

    0 The sun is out and you can find the Ryan family spending their days in a perpetual garage party – we’ve leaned in and we are pretty happy about it. We came to western North Dakota like many people. It was the middle of the oil boom and there was a housing shortage. We […]

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    Fatherhood: A piece of cake

    +1 You know that thing that your dad does, the thing that is always funny? It becomes the joke, the thing that he has to do when the opportunity arises because it’s the funny thing he always does. And his kids wait with baited breath for the punch line so they can grab their guts […]

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    I’ve turned into my mother

    +1 When I look around and see half empty cans of Diet Coke sitting on tables and counters all over the room, and I find myself working on a sewing project well into the middle of the night, pins spilled on the floor and swatches of fabric piled up underfoot, or when I hear myself […]

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    If you want a mom friend be a mom friend

    0 It takes a village to raise a child, the old adage says. I think though, us moms need our own proverb. How about, a mom without friends will never get out of her pajamas? Or maybe, to find the humor, tell a friend. Or my personal proverb, without a diet coke and a good […]

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    Setting your New Year’s resolutions

    0 When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent of people actually achieve them and 88 percent of people fail by February. Why is that? Because most people shoot for the moon setting overly ambitious and vague goals – like getting healthy, losing weight or paying off all your debt. The key to […]

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    Carpe Baby!

    0 I sit here balancing my laptop on a belly carrying a full-grown baby. She is scheduled to come into the world in three weeks. She doesn’t yet have a name but from what I can sense, she does not have a care in the world. I love her so much, my heart kind of […]

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    Always Powder your Nose, and other Wisdom...

    0 We cannot underestimate the influence of grandparents in children’s lives. As a mother, when I see my parents and my in-laws interacting with, teaching, caring for and providing love to my kids, I personally feel so supported in the huge task of raising these babies. I grew up in a home with seven children. […]

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    Get Organized!

    0 You’ll often find new moms are overwhelmed with everything they need on their baby registry. Yes, kids come with lots of stuff, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be organized. In fact, research shows that intentionally limiting the number of toys a child has can have positive effects on their creativity, eating habits and […]

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