MOTHERHOOD
Leah

Back to School and Raising an (Almost) Teen in Unprecedented Times

This is not your typical back-to-school blog post. In September 1987, I started my seventh grade year in middle school. My biggest worry was whether

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MOTHERHOOD
Leah

Let’s Talk About What’s Not Talked About: Parenting in the Tween Years

When I started this blog, Sophie was a mere 2-years-old. I wrote about all those new milestone moments of motherhood,  like going from the crib

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MOTHERHOOD
Leah

And in a Moment, a Volume Closes and a New Book Begins

Today is a bittersweet day. It’s Sophie’s last day of fifth grade; her last day of elementary school. She’s now officially a sixth grader, bound

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Childhood
Leah

My Adventures as a Generation X Parent Raising an iGeneration Kid

I am a proud member of Generation X. I was born in 1975, making me 43-years-old. My formative years were the late 1980s and early

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MOTHERHOOD
Leah

Welcome to 5th Grade

Last week Sophie started fifth grade. Fifth grade. The last year of elementary school. I don’t remember crying when Sophie started kindergarten. Maybe because by

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MOTHERHOOD
Leah

Parenting: A Daily Lesson in Failure

There’s a scene in one of my favorite television shows, “The Killing,” where the main character, Sarah Linden, describes the never-ending cycle of failure and

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Holidays and Seasons
Leah

The Day the Magic Died: December 26, 2016

Last year’s Christmas was the same as the years before. On Christmas Eve, Sophie left cookies, milk and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer

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MOTHERHOOD
Leah

Welcome to 4th Grade

When I sat down to create my annual first day of school photo collage, I realized this was Sophie’s eighth first day of school. While

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MOTHERHOOD
Leah

Painting Rocks and Creating Little Moments That Matter

There’s a line of dialogue from the movie “20th Century Women” that struck me when I first heard it, and continues to stay with me

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