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Put Down the Phone

Silence. Looking at your phones. Communication stops and eye-contact is obsolete—more silence. I’m walking away. I’m tired of looking at the top of your heads. I’m speaking! Do you not hear me talking? Do you not hear my voice? I’m trying and attempting to connect, but there is no connection. The connection is lost, but […]

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COVID Keepers

To cope during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have developed habits and rituals that bring me comfort, joy, and stability. Similarly, I’ve seen friends and family cooking and baking (sourdough starter, anyone?), tie-dying and sewing, and practicing yoga and meditation. Many people have participated in Zoom parties, virtual happy hours, regular family walks, and movie nights. […]

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No, I Won’t Censor for My Little Kid

I use the word “no” a lot with my almost eight-year-old daughter — to most requests for junk food, to staying up “just a little bit later,” to “just one more episode” of her favorite TV show. But the one category for which I don’t often use the word “no” is when she asks to […]

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Where Are the Rules?

I’m a rule follower. I drive at the speed limit, keep my kids in the appropriate size car seats, and always meticulously measure out the teaspoon of salt in a recipe. Following rules gives me security in my actions and defense that I am doing the right things, that anything adverse is out of my […]

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The Normalcy of Modern Family

During these past months of quarantine living, we’ve been binging on past episodes of Modern Family. The show was never part of our prime-time repertoire, but we’ve certainly made up for lost time! We find ourselves watching the show numerous times a day, including from 12 a.m. to 1 a.m. in our bedroom before we […]

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Tug-of-War: The Game of Life

Tug-of-War: The Game of Life

The game of tug-of-war was always my favorite in gym class when I was in elementary school. I loved the rush pulsing through my veins when my team was pulling their hardest to get the other team dragged through the dirt. But then so quickly being pulled and yanked across the lawn, only to land […]

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Physical Activity for Children

Physical activity is good for everyone. For children, it promotes growth and development and should be encouraged on most days. At least 60 minutes of activity a day helps older children and adolescents grow strong bones and muscles, build endurance, and maintain a healthy weight. There is also evidence that physical activity helps children learn […]

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Thrive, Survive, Maintain

In what feels like a past life, I was a labor and postpartum doula. I helped couples navigate their way through the early days of parenthood. What’s been striking to me lately, is how relevant the new parent advice is during this new normal of pandemic or quarantine life… in fact, much of it is […]

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Magic Eye: A New Way of Looking at COVID-19

BEFORE: Each morning, we would hit the ground running, off to work, school, or anywhere we needed to be. The point was we left. AFTER: Quarantine sent us ALL back to the starting line. And since then, what we choose to do while stuck at home for months will undoubtedly never be forgotten, and the […]

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