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Author Archives: Jen Deinlein

Volunteers need attention too

From my observations, there is a vicious cycle: fewer people are volunteering, then the people who do volunteer end up with too much on their plates, they get burned out and step away, and then even more volunteers are needed. Rinse, repeat.  

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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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