An Optimists Pessimistic View of Over-Commercialized Holidays

An Optimists Pessimistic View of Over-Commercialized Holidays
Oh joy, another holiday is upon us!I know I'm suppose to be focusing on the meaning of Easter or whatever holiday it may be, but I'm to busy boiling eggs, painting eggs, buying plastic eggs and candy, stuffing plastic eggs with candy, eating some of the candy I'm stuffing in the eggs, planning an easter menu, clipping coupons, buying groceries, coo...
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School Lunches...Where's the Nutrition?

School Lunches...Where's the Nutrition?
So, let me get this straight, studies indicate that when children are eating healthy foods they do better academically, are more alert, and have more energy throughout the day. If this is the case then why do the schools give children unhealthy food choices on a daily basis? This seems contradictory. When I worked as a school nurse I would often be...
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Having Kids Messes You Up!

Having Kids Messes You Up!
I can vaguely recall a time when I could sneeze without wetting myself. That was before I had children. All you hear about is how wonderful having children is. Oh sure, that is true, but somehow people forget to tell you about the after effects, such as incontinence, saggy breasts, hemorrhoids, stretch marks, fatness, larger feet, weird varicose ve...
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What we Don't Know, Can Hurt Us

What we Don't Know, Can Hurt Us
I was unaware until a few weeks ago that there is a significant problem affecting our children. Imagine going through school feeling frustrated every day because you cannot read. You try and try, but you just cannot figure it out. On top of that it is really difficult to write, take tests, and forget about spelling. Failure seems inevitable. The on...
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Working Mom vs. Stay-at-Home Mom

Working Mom vs. Stay-at-Home Mom
(I wrote this a couple years ago for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It is one of my favs.)Whether you know it or not, there is a great underground debate about which mom is the best and which is the best for the kids. Are working moms better than stay-at-home moms? Or vice versa? I've always been a working mom but there have been many moments t...
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