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Toughest job you’ll ever love

I think I deserve a gold star. I managed to stay sane while raising kids. It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love. As I watch the next generation, it looks hard. I’m staying with my daughter and two grandkids, ages 3 and 5, both girls. I’m exhausted in a few hours, and must recuperate to tackle the next project. Even my daughter is in awe, “I can’t believe you did this five times!” I think back, yea, how did I do that? We were headed over to my daughter’s home — where she is moving from condo to house. My daughter...

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Teaching children about sexuality

I decided as a young mother to teach my kids the basics of sex when they were young–young enough not to be embarrassed, or “grossed out”–young enough that someone else had not stepped in and told them “everything they wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask.”   Kids come home from school with stories they’ve heard from their friends. And I’ve heard some whoppers. I wanted my kids to know about sex before that happened. I didn’t want them to be surprised or dis-informed by a classmate or friend. My daughter had a young girlfriend tell...

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Why I Have Five Kids

…for comic relief. You know, I’m a party pooper. So my kids are the party. They make me laugh. And I need that. This morning, first day of spring vaca, my 15-yr old son emerged from his sleepy den, checked his laptop and made his way over to the bowl of steel cut oats I had prepared for the two of us. (See, I try to provide a healthy breakfast.) He was wearing his favorite pants, jamie bottoms, pj bottoms, whatever is the correct term — he showed me a large tear along the top, connecting to the pocket. I commented, knowing these are his favs –“ahhhh, and they’re your favorites.” He looked up at me, “yea, do you think you could suture them up for me?” I looked over at him, “Suture? Sure I can suture those up.” It’s comedy. I appreciate the comedy that my kids bring into my life. And I want to enjoy that part, from those first years onward. This son has always been our comedian, he doesn’t even try, which makes it even better. I don’t even think he knew he was funny this morning. But I smiled and laughed (you know — I wanted to be a doctor.) I need comedy in my life and since I decided that God does have a sense of humor — I view this as a...

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At Apple Genuis Bar

I made an appointment at the Apple store. I called my 21 -year old son and asked him if he could do me a favor. I was driving, and I was going to be late. I needed him to log onto the computer and reschedule my appointment to later in the day. My laptop was still in warranty and the inside edge was chipping off. I wanted to get it repaired. What a sweetheart, he set it up for 11 am. I trundle down to the Apple Store and check-in–give the associate my last name “Taylor. ” I wait around at the...

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