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Take Your Mark

Take Your Mark

By Gwen Rockwood I crawled into bed last night earlier than usual feeling completely exhausted. That swim meet really wore me out. But I didn’t swim a single stroke. The kids did, though. They swam freestyle races, backstroke races, breaststroke races, and a couple of relay races, too. And even though my husband and I […]

The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

The Eye Roll Gold Medalist

Moms like to brag about their kids. It’s a given. It starts with how long the mother labored and how much her baby weighed. It moves on to the first tooth, earliest walker, and those who potty trained before anyone else. And, while many of those early stories are amazing, those are things we all […]

Don't Bug Me: A mom who hates bugs learns to live with them ... sorta

Don’t Bug Me: A mom who hates bugs learns to live with them … sorta

I remember the afternoon when one of our girls, a toddler at the time, brought me a treasure from our yard, clutched in her chubby hand. Holding her fist up to my face, she opened it to reveal a balled-up, roly-poly bug. Instinctively I shrieked and knocked it from her hand. She looked up at […]

The Preschool Inquisition

The Preschool Inquisition

I remember this phase—the age of endless questioning. Our middle child went through it right before he started kindergarten. Now his 4-year-old sister, Kate, has assumed the role of The Great Inquisitor. All day, every day, I answer questions. When I’m not around, she corners her dad and pummels him with rapid-fire queries that never […]