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Author Archives: Jen Deinlein

The best-laid plans of a mom usually go awry

As my youngest was about to start kindergarten, I started getting the question: “What are you going to do with the house to yourself all day?” I would smile politely, joking that I’d just sit around eating bonbons and watching soap operas all day, because that’s what stay-at-home moms do, right?  

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The last first day of school

I lucked out, scheduling-wise, as this Mommy Blog is due today and I have a ready-made topic. It’s the first day of school for my daughters – and that means it’s the first day of kindergarten for my younger daughter, Annabelle.  Full disclosure: I’m a sappy person who cries easily. Sad things, sentimental things, you name it, I well up. I was afraid ...

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Telling kids “it’s OK” isn’t OK

We live in a “resort community.” Translation: we’re some of the … younger residents of the neighborhood. When we moved in, the girls were 1 and 4 years old. Since we live in a configuration of townhouses, most of our yards blur together in some form or fashion and there aren’t a lot of sound barriers. I was worried that ...

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Packing proficiency decreases when you have kids

I used to consider myself a champion packer. I once took an overnight trip to New York City and didn’t even take a duffel bag – I carried a big purse with an inside pocket, into which I crammed a second shirt and change of underwear, and re-wore my jeans and shoes from the first day. 

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