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Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve
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Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve

My daughters have had certain freedoms from just about day one — freedom to dress themselves how they wish, style their hair in any way that makes them happy, pick their school lunch snacks, become vegetarians, freely challenge the ideas of their parents, and on and on — but we […]

Fast Friends And A Growing Family
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Fast Friends And A Growing Family

Hellos and handshakes from one blogger kid to another, to all, with cheeks rosy from the chill of a Lake Tahoe winter and from anticipating all of the joy that had been built into our schedules, helped make fast friends of tween people who happily joined the Sorento Family last […]

The First Day of Teenage Parenting
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The First Day of Teenage Parenting

Reports from the frontline of parenting a new teenager

The Saddest Part of Getting Old and Growing Up
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The Saddest Part of Getting Old and Growing Up

My baby turns 13 this week and I’m remembering less and less of the days that comprise those remarkable years. This is a little something about the memories we learn to hold on to and the ones we’re helpless to watch fade away. To hear me tell it now you’d […]

Little Lessons in Gratitude and Appreciating More Than What’s Directly In Front Of You
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Little Lessons in Gratitude and Appreciating More Than What’s Directly In Front Of You

It was our second-ever Frank Turner concert and the English frontman did the same thing on both occasions. Something 99.9% of bands don’t think to do. At some point near the middle of his passionate, blistering punk-folk sets, Turner paused above a steady but subdued back beat to show gratitude, […]

How To Avoid Flu-Induced FOMO
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How To Avoid Flu-Induced FOMO

Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you threw up everything into the toilet. Hold up, hold up right there: that’s not at all how the song goes. As bad as that tune is, and let’s not mince words, it is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E, I’ve somehow managed […]

The Best Of What We Can Be, Together
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The Best Of What We Can Be, Together

There’s a woman on stage. She’s not as young as she used to be, who is?, and yet her snarl persists, this in spite of having been softened by time and age and the experience of shedding skin to become something new. Familiar but new. Parenthood can’t help but do […]

The Incentive To Demystify Healthcare
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The Incentive To Demystify Healthcare

Every year something changed and so, every year we had to re-enroll and make brand new or validate prior choices regarding our healthcare coverage. I’d then spend the next 12 months fumbling through the differences between co-pay and deductible, max limits, preventative versus sick visits and dreading needing to go […]

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