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    Checking in with dad

    Let’s talk about dads. With Father’s Day approaching and our house in a constant state of princess dress-up, meltdowns, sippy cups and dance parties, I’ve realized that while I delve pretty regularly into conversations with my sister and girlfriends about the challenges and tribulations of motherhood and how it’s transforming me in more ways than […]

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    Surviving summer break

    Ah, summer break. You might remember the magic of getting out of school at the end of May or beginning of June, taking a deep breath, and knowing that there was nothing but freedom for months. (If you’re an educator like me, you still know this sweet feeling, although to a smaller extent because, alas […]

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    Bottling the whine

    Nothing can wear you down as quickly as a whining child. You may think you are patient, kind-hearted, understanding and virtuous beyond vocabulary. Five minutes with a whining child can make all those golden qualities evaporate. And let us not forget whiny adults. Whining isn’t just a youngster’s activity.  Whining works. Which is why it […]

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    A Dad’s Father’s Day Wish List

    Q: What does every dad secretly want for Father’s Day? I’ll tell you, but it’s not going to be much of a secret after I do. See, every dad is different, of course. So I’m definitely not going to bat a thousand on this one. But I’ll take a few swings and make a few […]

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    He wants freedom for Father’s Day

      Not permanent freedom, he told me. He worked very hard to be, in fact, very tied down. He wants freedom for an afternoon, a few hours, to drive and think and explore without making peanut butter sandwiches and packing snacks in little baggies. Without filling any sippy cups or water bottles, without charging a […]

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    On the farm and in life, we can’t do it alone

    In states that are agriculture centered, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just a fancy name for any other day. You maybe get a card, or a flower, or the newest item at the farm store thrown at you while you’re getting off the tractor. For Mother’s Day, I was spreading granular fertilizer, putting on […]

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    Surprise Mom with a special dessert

    Mothers selflessly devote themselves to their children from infancy into adulthood. A mother’s love never wanes, and she’s always ready and willing to step in and put her children first. Mother’s Day is a great chance for men, women and children to honor the special women in their lives. Delicious homemade treats can show mothers […]

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