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After all of our summer activities were officially canceled and I was done feeling sorry for myself, I sat at our (very messy) kitchen table to brainstorm. As I worked my way down the rabbit hole, I recalled my mom...
After taking a trial class with Code Wiz Arlington a few months ago, it was all my boys could talk about. All. The. Time. They wanted more! Not being a gamer myself, I questioned whether a class longer than...
As the last few months have shown us, many of us have A LOT to learn — and put into action — when it comes to understanding systemic racism in our society and in us.  Fortunately, many of us...
If there is one adage I can relate to over the course of COVID-19, it's "You don't know what you got 'til it's gone." One of countless things I admittedly took for granted pre-pandemic is the immeasurable value of...
You know the feeling. You just don’t have it in you to create yet another family meal after playing full-time chef to a host of tiny customers, serving breakfasts and lunches and dinners (and snacks and snacks and snacks)...
I am not the mom of a 2020 senior.  Or, I wasn't until my city began an "Adopt a Senior" page online.  The premise was simple — our community would come together to celebrate the class of 2020. Each senior would...
I am a white woman raising white children with my white husband in our predominantly white New England town. I was born in the south, raised in the west, moved back to the south, and now reside in the...
We started off strong, with homemade checklists compiled from materials sent by my daughter's six different therapists and one teacher. Our workbooks were secured, I put up a dry erase board, I had great online resources. I was ready...
While all moms are certainly carrying a heavier load these days as we navigate our new normal, moms who are working on the front lines during this pandemic are carrying exponentially more. To us, they are SUPER. This is...
Rustic Marlin founders Melanie and Brian O'Neil started their business in their garage in 2012 and now employ a talented team of over 30 designers, artists, and craftsmen. Their business, like most small businesses, has seen the immediate effects of the economic downturn associated with COVID-19. However, instead of hanging their heads in defeat, Melanie and Brian got creative.
I have been Zooming all week. Staff meetings, department meetings, morning meetings, read alouds for my kids, a special 'happy birthday' for my son, and my favorite — happy hour. Zoom happy hour has become a regular part of my day, when I carve out time to enjoy a drink (or more) and chat with friends. These calls have been vital to my week and help keep me sane and grounded each night.
In the midst of everything, I'm secretly a little happy about having a few weeks with my kiddo unexpectedly. I'm excited for board games, movie nights, endless games of hopscotch, and bubbles in the backyard. However, I'm also going to need to keep my kiddo's mind occupied at least long enough for me to shower and maintain some of my sanity. The reality is that I'm an introvert and she's an extrovert, and when she's uttered 300,000 words before lunch my brain feels a little fried.
A full night's sleep offered some needed perspective the next day: My family was safely home together. We had plenty of food. We were all healthy. As the media highlighted those who were not as fortunate, I knew I did not want to take our situation for granted. 
My husband and I carefully pulled open the box, put the braces on the baby, and then wrapped her up. The braces looked just like my daughter’s, right down to the pink velcro.
See, things have changed a lot. Parents of young kids these days can be distracted — myself included. We have a lot going on, and technology and social media have created an additional burden on us despite all the ways they have made life easier. In part because of all the information we have available, we are constantly judging ourselves. Moms in particular struggle with comparing themselves and their parenting abilities to those of everyone they follow on Instagram or are friends with on Facebook.
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The Pumpkin Roll :: A Pandemic-Proof Holiday Tradition

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This holiday season seems to be the latest thing we can add to the “pivot” column. When I learned that Thanksgiving was no longer...