I've had a few realizations that helped me get along better with my teens during COVID-19. When the world came to a pause in March, it didn’t seem like a big deal. At first. As the news started to unfold,...
Fire Safety Week happens every fall at our local elementary school. I would assume most schools do something similar, but fire safety certainly is a big deal at our school and rightfully so. For our household, this is our...
In my almost seven years as a mother now, I have been every "kind" of mom I can think of in terms of career. When our oldest was an infant, I went back to work full time for a...
Out of all the makeup transformation techniques, eyebrows are my favorite! You can change a person's face so drastically with such little product that the results can make me giddy.  Now, eyebrows are obviously pretty low in overall life priorities,...
Even before I went on maternity leave, the idea of going back to work terrified me. I put so much work into preparing for the baby, preparing my students (and by extension, their parents) for my absence, and mentally...
Has anyone ever said to you, “You should write a book, you’ve got great stories”? Yeah, yeah, that would be nice, but I don’t have the patience. Most of what I write is a few words, then done. Quick...
You called to me from your side of the fence that borders our backyards. Although at the time my family had lived in our house for over a year, I wouldn't have recognized your face at the market. You never welcomed...
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Toddler Transition

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If any of you saw me driving back from Burlington the other day, crying so hard I could barely drive, let me explain... if I can. I've never really been a "baby" person. Of course, if you handed me your...
                  It’s the first week of December, the tree is up, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care and our menorahs are ready to be set ablaze in less than a week (yeah we celebrate both Christmas and...
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March Madness Memories

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March Madness may not have ended how we wanted it to this year, but it’s still one of my family’s favorite times. “Rock Chalk” is a well-known phrase in our house if that gives you an idea of what...
I've become completely obsessed with knowing my kids. Let me explain. The other day, I was listening to Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran. And the lyrics hit me hard. Don’t laugh, that’s not a punchline. Ed Sheeran is in...
Q: I was wondering if you could write something about "stranger danger." How do I talk to my kids about keeping themselves safe out in the world? A: First of all, GREAT question. All parents wonder this, and even though there...
The 5th anniversary of my daughter, Ella’s passing was on May 11. Each year since she’s been gone, I’ve tried to plan something special for Ella’s birthday and her death anniversary. Honoring my daughter's memory is both meaningful and...
On Sunday, I learned something new. I learned who Jessie James Decker is, and here I am, just a few days later, coming to her defense. I don’t think she edited that photo of her kids on the beach...

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2022 Vermont Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

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Welcome to the sometimes cold but always delightful Vermont holiday season! Whether you stay close to home or decide to take a tour of the...