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When You Don’t Know What to Say

There have been so many clouds hanging over humanity lately: weather, politics, crimes, and sexism to name today’s headlines. I strive to see the peaks of light, but every once in a while, life overwhelms me with sadness and anger. The large-scale tragedies flood our world, magnifying the lesser moments of despair. Reflecting on my […]

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If I could have one mommy superpower, it would be the ability to see into the future. If I knew what hills and valleys awaited, perhaps I could better prepare you for them. Perhaps. It’s hubris to think that I have all the answers, that I know any real secrets to smoothing life’s rough edges. […]

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Will Someone Shoot Us?

“Mama, will someone shoot us when we are at church?” It’s a valid question from an eight-year-old Texan. Texas, Las Vegas, New York City, and more. Dr. Sears and Dr. Spock forgot the chapter on Children Coping with Mass Shootings. What to Expect When You’re Expecting didn’t expect this conversation. Ever vigilant, Mr. Rogers didn’t […]

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I Promise You Belong

Hey, you! Yeah, you! I promise you belong here. I know you’re looking around the room worried that no one has your problems. No one else’s kids are wearing mismatched socks and a little bit of their breakfast on their shirts. I know you are smiling through your worry that you’re underdressed, that you left […]

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Reclaiming Our Identity Through Dual Language Education

When thinking about what type of education I wanted for my two daughters, I had only one nonnegotiable requirement: they would go to a dual language school. With such a stipulation in place, my choices were few, offering me a much-appreciated respite from the near-constant school analysis that seems to consume our generation of parents.  […]

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Oh, Truck! Potty-Mouth Parenting 101

There we were—yes, at Target. I was smiling, feeling successful at exiting the house for the first time alone with my newborn and three-year-old when I stubbed my toe so badly I saw fireworks. I gasped and grimaced, hollering, “OH, OH, OH!” when the unthinkable happened. My three-year-old followed my “OH!” with a big ol’ […]

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Personal Care Bags: How Everyday Items Can Make a Huge Impact

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are devastating and leave us wanting to help. Bonus points if we can include our own kids in the process. San Antonio Food Bank is coordinating local aid for Hurricane Harvey victims, collecting donations including but not limited to: formula, diapers, food, school supplies, maxi pads, cold medicines, and toiletries. […]

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