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An Open Letter to Baby Jesus and Prayer for the Summer

School's out for summer.

I love my kid and everything but on the last day of school, I needed to pen a quick open letter to Baby Jesus to help get us through the summer. Dear Baby Jesus, As you know, today was the last day of school. That’s right; for twelve weeks our kids are with us 24 hours a day, seven days …

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The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Summer with Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Summer with Kids

It’s that time again, guys. Within a few weeks all of our kids will be home for summer break, annoying us between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. If we work at home or stay at home and don’t get credit for our work, we’ll be busy at a time when we are normally freed from the chains …

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Free Range Parenting in the 21st Century

21st century parenting

Almost all of the kids in our neighborhood are pretty much free range. I enjoy the fact that they can run outside and play without an adult on their ass. They learn to entertain themselves, they get plenty of exercise and, let’s face it, it’s less work for me, as a parent. But how is it that someone who is so anxiety-ridden, …

Giving In To Needing Control

There are some things I just won’t do for my kid. I don’t wake her up sweetly by rubbing her back and singing a Good Morning song. In fact, it’s usually “Heeeeyyyyy! Wake up! We’re late! Damnit! Get up!” most mornings if her alarm fails to rile her. I don’t make her a separate dinner when she doesn’t want what …

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Six Suburban Trends That Need To Go

Inappropriate Suburbanite

Living in the suburbs and what I’d call a fairly affluent area (compared to where I grew up, I guess) there exists certain burgeoning trends that have exploded onto our well-manicured lawns and, well, make me want to blow my fucking brains out. It’s high time someone addressed these trends and suggested places you could, possibly, shove them. Among some …

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