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A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

Not the movie. But I do turn into a scary, sound-hunting momster during my son’s quiet time. We didn’t always do quiet time, but it became a life-or-death situation for my sanity. So, as of two weeks ago, we do quiet time every. single. day. A few months before my son turned three, he decided […]

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Caring for Tricycles to Wheelchairs :: Moms Caught in the Middle

I watched my friend’s profile as she spoke. The subtle way she bowed her head. Her nearly translucent eyelashes blinking away the afternoon sunlight. Her hands silently wrapping and unwrapping a Kleenex. Comforting and caring for a friend was the easiest thing in the world for Lena. I was moved by her voice, the words […]

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Hotel Can't Afford Ya

Hotel Can’t Afford Ya

My parents never took me on vacation. Well, not in the summer anyway. And certainly nowhere exotic, fancy or far away. Hotels, beach houses, chalets, cabins in the woods? Those were all for rich people. I grew up hearing stories of how my classmates celebrated their summers, vacationing with family. This was a completely foreign […]

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I’m Raising a Cactus: Ways Gardening is Similar to Motherhood

Gardens are a lesson in life, especially life as a mother. A gardener — not unlike a mother — must have patience, must care for each plant, must listen and examine each plant and care for it as best as possible. Unfortunately, our kids don’t arrive with garden tags telling us whether they prefer shade […]

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Quiet Children in a Noisy World – Surviving Sound Stimulation

The sheer terror on their faces on what was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime crushed me. It’s the moment my husband and I realized our children had noise sensitivity that was more than the norm. They withdraw when they’re in a noisy, confined space with thumping music and exuberant children. 

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