Wade Belak will be missed


This morning my husband’s tone let me know something serious had happened-not “I overslept” sort of serious, but truly serious. He came downstairs and told me that someone we knew: a husband, a father of two little girls, & a former hockey player (pretty good we hear but we just knew Wade as “Andie & Alex’s Dad”) had passed away. I know his wife Jennifer to be a very kind, friendly, beautiful, down-to-earth person who is also a great mom. I mainly knew Wade from birthday parties-he was always in his Dad mode when I saw him and he appeared…

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Betty Ford 1918-2011


Betty Ford passed away last week. She is known for many things: former First Lady, champion of womens’ rights, breast cancer survivor, and advocate for breast cancer research. She is, perhaps, most well-recognized for bringing substance abuse out of the closet and into the light of treatment. It is because of her personal courage that the stigma of addiction began to be challenged-especially the stigma surrounding women and addiction. She publicly acknowledged her owns problems with alcohol and pain killers in the days after her husband left the White House. Her family gently confronted her on her issue in what…

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Worpress ate my blog…Stormy nights & Monopoly


Well, I talked about this on the Facebook Group a bit…playing Monopoly with my little one on Friday night as it stormed outside was a LOT of fun. Trying to blog about it on Sunday was a bit harder as I had it all written — you know, with all the wit only a mother can muster after a weekend of rain, sunshine, yardsales, extracurricular activities, playdates, laundry, petcare, church activities, & errands. It was even complete with La Adorable Photo. Then….the inevitable happened. “WordPress ate my Blog!” I have harbored a resentment for 36 solid hours. I am now…

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Welcome Guest Contributor Fareen Effendi


Trying to Be Perfect, Am I Even MORE a Mess? Perfect? Who said anything about perfect? I’ll consider myself a superhero if I can accomplish the minimum needing done everyday. Between my 6 year-old son, twin 2 year-old girls, my house, job, the huz – mother-in-law and parents, how on earth can anyone even possibly expect perfection? Yet, very surprisingly, I’m often patted on the back for “doing such a great job” because not too many people can manage one tantrum-ing toddler, let alone two. The constant kudos has always confused me, to say the least. On the one hand,…

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Oh My Goodness! by S. Douglas, MD


 Well, here’s a thought. What do you say when someone else corrects your child? “Thanks for sharing your parenting insights.” “Shut the h$*! up” It’s a legitimate question only because it’s bound to happen at least a few times in a parent’s life. At times it is totally appropriate especially if your child is wreaking havoc and needs…a bit of redirection. You may be glad, in fact, and hope that folks around actually think your child belongs to someone else. You may be tempted to walk the other direction and pretend not to know your child. No….I am being…

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