I Know Why You’re Worried About the First Day of School

The time has finally come. Your child is gearing up for the first day of school and just like them, you have no idea what to expect. What if they don’t eat their lunch? What if they have an accident? What if they freak out? What if they just need you?

I know exactly how you feel.

The first day of school can be a scary one for your kid, but even scarier for you.

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The Summer Activity Books Are Empty, And Other Back to School Confessions

My daughter’s junior kindergarten report card was amazing. Her teachers outlined every area of learning they’d covered, citing specific activities and how my daughter had performed, engaged and internalized each of them. At the end, it said that when she went back to school after summer vacation, she would be in senior kindergarten.

I couldn’t have been prouder.

Now that she’s going back, I feel a need to confess to my back to school short-comings. I have to admit, I didn’t do much to keep up with her progress over summer vacation. In fact, when my daughter does go back to school, she’ll only be a teeny-tiny bit further along then when she left. So, in the interest of being an honest mom to myself and to you, here are a few areas where I totally slacked off on my daughter’s learning.

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Baby G and XXXXY Syndrome: Introducing Baby G

As much as I know about 49,XXXXY Syndrome as a parent, I find I’m learning new things all the time. Baby G’s chromosomal abnormality and the struggles that come with it have melded completely into our little family, making us more prepared for anything unexpected that comes our way.

49, XXXXY Syndrome

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How to Make the Parenting Olympic Team

It takes a special kind of person to be an Olympian. Strength, speed, stamina; these are all qualities I can see in the athletes competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, and it occurred to me that those same qualities could be, and damn-well should be attributed to all us epic parenting-greats.¬†Think about it.¬†How heavy is all that kid-gear we’ve been carrying around? How many munchkin meltdowns has our sanity endured and survived?? How thin has our patience been stretched??? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; parenting should be an Olympic sport. Now how would one make the Parenting Olympic Team? Here are just a few qualities every Parent-Lympian must have:

Parenting should be an Olympic sport. Here's how to make the Parenting Olympic Team.

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Mom-Guilt In The Raw

We’ve all experienced the mom-guilt at one point or another. It rears it’s butt-ugly face in different situations for each of us, and it can suck the life right out of you, leaving you feeling totally alone and utterly defeated. And the mother inside tells you it will all be okay, to take a few deep breaths, and that things will be better in the morning. But right there, in the moment, there’s nothing anyone can say to make the mom guilt go away.

When mom guilt sets in, there's nothing anyone can say to make it go away.

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