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Dec21
Best Calendars for Families: If I had a better calendar, maybe I wouldn’t be starting my shopping 4 days before Christmas

Best Calendars for Families: If I had a better calendar, maybe I wouldn’t be starting my shopping 4 days before Christmas

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I love my computer and use it several times a day. I still have a thing about paper and pencil and it makes my husband insane. I have our monthly bills on a printed sheet I check off as I pay them, even though I have plenty of computerized options for the task. I continue […]

Dec15

Puppies and Santa and groping, oh my!

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Well, hello! This week, yet another four-year-old boy hit on his teacher. When will those filthy-minded preschoolers learn to keep their grubby hands to themselves? The boy reportedly “rubbed his face” in the aide’s chest area. He was summarily suspended, and his parents were informed that his record would forever show that he sexually harassed […]

Dec14
Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids: Auld Lang Syne is Scots for ‘Is Melissa Asleep?’

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids: Auld Lang Syne is Scots for ‘Is Melissa Asleep?’

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You would think, with all my November talk of holiday shopping and getting your cards out, I had completed all my Christmas preparations in the first weekend in December and have been sitting by the warm light of the tastefully decorated Christmas tree with a cup of eggnog all month calm in the face of […]

Dec13

As festive as I’ll ever be

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During the holiday season at my childhood home, my parents played Christmas music from the end of November through the new year, always the same albums in the same order on the record player that sat inside a ten-foot long black lacquer console underneath an orange shag carpet hung on the wall. Our tree was […]

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Dec12
Melissa’s Anti-Gift Guide (Worst Children’s Toys)

Melissa’s Anti-Gift Guide (Worst Children’s Toys)

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I’m not someone who believes television is evil, because how can television be evil when Spongebob Squarepants is on it? No television isn’t evil, but advertising is (also, my husband works in advertising….hmm…). I know how to say no to my kids, so when they ask for every single thing they see on television it […]

Dec06
Best Children’s Board Games (Please, save yourself from Trouble)

Best Children’s Board Games (Please, save yourself from Trouble)

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I know it’s getting a little heavy on the gift-giving Christmaukkah postings here, so let’s just call this: “Family Bonding Not Gifting!” I mentioned before I’m not particularly good at general “playing” with my kids. Meaning anything which involves freestyle imagination. My brain shuts down and I’m left wearing lots of beads, a tiara and […]

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