The Great Pumpkin Pancake Experiment

Dear Jo: The Great Pumpkin Pancake Experiment

May 24, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Last night you made the mistake of trying something new. Dinnertime was approaching and everyone was hungry, including Lyla, of course. That girl always wants to eat. That could explain why she is off-the-charts in weight. But that doesn’t explain why you still aren’t back to your
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Why We Won't Have a Bucket List Summer

Why We Won’t Have a Bucket List Summer

Two near geniuses with wisdom beyond their years once said, “There’s 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it, so the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it.” Okay, so maybe Phineas and Ferb are not the Einstein’s of their generation (especially since they
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Dear Jo: Alone Time (sort of)

Dear Jo: Alone Time (sort of)

May 18, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Today you escaped for some alone time. Do you remember back in the pre-kid days when you didn’t need to escape for alone time? You just stayed home. Now home is the precise place where you get no alone time. Paul encouraged you to spend a few
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Dear Jo: The Mother-in-Law

Dear Jo: The Mother-in-Law

May 10, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Today Carol Ann stopped by. I could leave this entry at just that and I’m sure you could fill in the blank as to what happened when your mother-in-law randomly knocked on your door. But, I’ll continue, just so you have the details. You had just finished
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How to REALLY Enjoy Mother's Day

Here’s How to REALLY Enjoy Mother’s Day

I’m a beach person. I absolutely love the beach. So much so, that I cannot understand why anyone would not like the beach. After nearly two decades together, my husband told me recently that he doesn’t like the beach. I. Was. Astonished. How could I not know this? How is this even possible? “The sand,”
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Dear Jo: Identity & Dementia

Dear Jo: Identity & Dementia

April 24, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Today you visited Paul’s grandma in the nursing home. It’s so much easier to do that now that you have the distraction of kids. Now there is built in conversation. With her focus on the little ones, she doesn’t have to look at Paul and try to
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When Nothing May Be Something

Dear Jo: When Nothing May Be Something

April 20, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Today was a weird day. Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe it’s something. But you really don’t want your mind to go in that direction, so you’re choosing to go with nothing. After breakfast, Emerson dumped out his train track (why he can’t just leave it in the container
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Dear Jo: Banana Bread, Breastfeeding & Birth Stories

Dear Jo: Banana Bread, Breastfeeding and Birth Stories

April 5, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Today you baked Emily some banana bread. You needed to use the bananas anyway (after all, they were the sticker-less kind, so you knew Emerson wouldn’t be eating them). But, really you wanted to thank her in some way for allowing you to cry on her shoulder
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Dear Jo: The Boogie Conversation

Dear Jo: The Boogie Conversation

April 1, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Today you held a discussion with a  toddler, an infant and a stuffed animal about the importance of using a Kleenex. You lined them all up and uttered the words, “Boogies go in Kleenex, not on couches.” Yes, this may be April Fool’s Day, but, no, this
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Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids

Parent Hacks

“Parenting is a series of best guesses.” I couldn’t agree more with Asha Dornfest, as she writes in her new book “Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.” Parenting is full of guesses and any book that offers helpful tips and tricks for making it through this journey of parenthood is worth a
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