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When you are a new parent, you get a lot of unsolicited advice you don’t really want. But occasionally you do get parenting advice that makes sense, in your world. There are a handful of tips we’ve picked up in random places that have made a lot of sense: Never interrupt a happily playing child. more »

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  Our family mostly enjoys road trips. After all, what red-blooded American couldn’t appreciate the open road or gas station snacks or alphabet games or playlists (formerly known as mix tapes)? Unfortunately, road trips are preceded by packing. And while packing once seemed pretty simple, it is now one of the most dreaded processes in our more »

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We’re coming up on a new phase in our lives as parents, here at the Johnson household. That we were on the edge of this new phase became apparent a few weeks ago. Cliff had the day off work but I didn’t, and Sam had school. Hoping to get a little Daddy-Daughter play date underway, more »

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Last Monday morning Cliff took Maggie to daycare, as he does most days. He gave her a kissing hand (cutest book ever) and said goodbye. Shortly after that he took the Blue Line to O’Hare and flew off for a week of work meetings in Virginia. That night I picked Maggie at school. Her teacher, more »

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45 years…and counting

You may have noticed that this blog has been pretty quiet lately. Ever since December 9, I’ve been searching for words…and peace, honestly. You see, that Sunday morning, my mother passed away unexpectedly. It’s pretty tough to offer insights about marriage when your greatest example of lasting relationship suddenly vanishes. My folks were married for more »

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Stitched

When you live with a 2 year-old and a 5 year-old, arriving home to the sound of tears is actually pretty common, but I usually can’t hear said tears from several houses down. This particular Thursday evening was different. When my daughter Maggie and I approached our front gate, we found quite a scene. My more »

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A few years ago Cliff was stuck at an airport gate, waiting to board a delayed flight (again). He sat across from a group of women who were clearly headed to New York for a girls’ getaway. One mom appeared to need the trip the most. Every few moments her phone would ring, presumably her more »

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I’m about to share a story … and let me warn you, it gets a little graphic.  We’re beginning, half-heartedly, to potty train our 2 year-old, Maggie. The other day, as she sat on the training toilet, Maggie stuck her hands into the empty toilet bowl just to check on how things were going. “No, no, more »

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Both our children were born in January – something I don’t recommend, if you have any control over it. With Sam, our first, the winter seemed especially cold and dark. By the time he entered the world I’d been in labor for 31 hours, mostly without food or sleep. Starting from this deficit, things just more »

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Amber and I recently watched “Being Elmo,” a documentary about Kevin Clash. I will admit a certain degree of skepticism heading into this particular film; after all, we generally try to avoid Sesame Street once our two year old heads to sleep. But the film pleasantly surprised us. Clash’s story is downright inspirational, a reminder more »

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