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Jessie Keppeler

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A Maine native, Jessie migrated down the coast to Boston after college, and it’s been home ever since. In this great city, Jessie met her husband, graduated law school, played in numerous basketball leagues, worked as a marketing writer, ran the marathon, lived through several home renovations, and wrote many beginnings of many books. But of all these great adventures, she most loves the one she’s on now: on-the-go-mom to three energetic and hilarious daughters. Jessie, her husband, and their trio of little ladies live in Brookline.
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To Gray or Not to Gray

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But one thing that’s not so great about 40 is gray hair. Unless you’re blessed with fantastic genes or beautiful blonde hair (where a gray might just politely disappear into the shiny yellow), you may also find yourself in this situation one day. I, too, was once a blonde (ahem, when I was 3) but my hair has grown progressively darker over the years so that it’s close to black today. And boy, do grays show up in close-to-black hair. My hairline is suddenly a serious ‘50 shades of gray’ situation, and not the sexy kind.
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Call to Order :: The Family Meeting

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As soon as your kids are preschool age, consider calling to order a Family Meeting. It’s a way to give everyone in the family a voice (and to take those little voices seriously), to practice democracy, and to show that we’re part of a team with common goals. And, it’s — yet again — a way to slow down and touch base with one another.
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Love, at the Kitchen Island

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Our love isn’t a palm-fringed beach, Or to the moon and back, It’s not a fine dining restaurant, Or a romantic film, all white and black. Our love is at the kitchen island.
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Do Something Epic With Your Kids (Or What I Learned by Reading Harry Potter...

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Recently, a few days before my daughter’s ninth birthday, we finished reading the final book in the 'Harry Potter' series. And in the process, we learned a lot. More than just about thestrals and hippogriffs. I’m talking about the kind of stuff one learns when they embark upon an epic project over days, months, or even years. Think a large-scale LEGO creation, a 2,000 piece puzzle, or a fitness chart tracking one-mile runs with an end goal of 100.
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Syncing Up Schedules :: Boston-Area Classes for Siblings

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Finding Boston-area classes that accommodate different age groups — or a facility that offers classes to different age groups at the same time — is no easy feat. Especially if your kids, like mine, are more than one or two years apart. But there are a few such gems out there, and with a bit of effort and ingenuity (and some diagramming of complex flowcharts), you, too, can sync up classes for your kids.
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Moms’ Night Out — Gone Wrong

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Maybe I’m too old for this kind of thing. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right head space to watch two men pantomiming having their way with one woman. Maybe it was because I couldn’t stop thinking of Dr. Ford, and how her bravery has reminded us all that we deserve some respect. I can’t stop thinking about that. Let’s not.
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The Family Motto — and Why You Need One

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I like the idea that my family can choose something that’s important to us and make it part of our fabric, our story. When you’ve heard a family motto said over and over, those are the words that pop into your head when faced with an obstacle or in the midst of a dark day. Those are the words that guide you on your path — or help you get back on it. When your family can’t be right there with you, their words are.

Dear Parents Hosting My Kids’ Playdates: Do You Keep Guns in the House?

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It starts at home: One out of three homes with children have guns. And 80% of unintentional firearm deaths of children under 15 occur in a home.
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Why My Nursing Without a Cover Isn’t a Political Statement

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Since this is World Breastfeeding Week, let’s take a moment to reflect that in other parts of the world, nursing without a cover wouldn’t even be a debate.
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Do I Exist Just for Them?

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This kind of thing happens so much in motherhood. Always the last to eat. Always first to get sunburned. Last to bathe. First to clean up the gross thing.
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The Dos and Don’ts of the 40th Birthday

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Whenever I remind my dad that I’m turning 40 this year, he gets a strange look on his face. He looks shocked, almost stricken. And I realize that 40 sounds kind of old. My...
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Raising Theater Geeks :: Best Live Venues for Boston Families

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Kids in the Boston area have great options for live, family-friendly theater. Here are five local theaters that are perfect for Boston families.

Lost Arts — and Finding Them With Our Kids

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My five-year-old received a letter from my grandmother the other day. She opened it, and upon seeing the slanted, looping letters across the notecard, gasped excitedly, “What language is this?” It was English, of course....
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My Love/Hate Relationship with Santa

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My oldest daughter, soon to be 8 years old, sipped her hot cocoa thoughtfully, the white lights of our Christmas tree reflected in her dark blue eyes. She watched me wrestle awkwardly with the...
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Steel Beams and Sippy Cups :: Surviving a Renovation With Kids

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"Honey, where's the sponge?" "I think I saw it under the paintbrush!" "The paintbrush the baby was walking around with? Um, OK. And the coffee filters?" "Check between the washer and dryer. They might have fallen there....