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Young Adult Writer, mom, and erstwhile artist.

Mistake number one: feeding the kids first. I had all the stuff out for my leftover tuna salad lunch of healthful goodness, but what kind of mom eats first while the kids wait around for their PBJ? Answer: the one with enough foresight to eat a little earlier, before the kids are starving. I think you see where I'm going with this. The delightful scent of summer in the form of jam, slicing the chewy seed-strewn bread, kids bouncing at my elbow [...]

My daughters would never know how much I like to build LEGOS with them if I never actually do it. I might have the internal experience of liking the idea, I might tell them that it sounds really fun but I have a million things to do right now. Or, I can decide to take 15 minutes and just do it. Note to self, it doesn't have to take all afternoon! The kindergartener actually said to me, "Everything's more fun when there's a grownup!" Write it [...]

It turns out I'm the kind of person who names their cars. Well, the cars I like, anyway. Three years into my minivan experience, and I can scarcely believe how much I resisted the idea. (First world problems, right?) My previous car was dubbed Polly Priuspants, an homage to Cartman's tea party companion. My Honda Odyssey, keeper of toddler souls, bearer of a fleet of five year olds, has earned the name Nausicaa. The reasons are threefold: Na [...]

Oh, the joys and challenges of having a unique name. On the one hand, when your coffee is ready, you know the name that's called out is definitely yours. On the other hand, the barista doesn't hear your name correctly in the first place. My alter ego, Jennifer, has enjoyed many a decaf cappuccino. The joy/challenge ratio can be significantly skewed depending on where you live. Not being accepted because you have a weird name is a sad truth in [...]