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Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - No More Epic Fails
Julia Arnold

No More Epic Fails

Recently, I’ve heard mothers throwing around the term “epic fail” in regard to their parenting efforts. It is supposed to be a funny/sarcastic way to look at various minor disasters, but it’s the self-deprecating aspect of the phrase that I’m feeling some aversion to.

For instance, say a mom takes her kids out for lunch, and one of the kids drops food on the floor, while the other one cries, while the tired mom shovels in a couple mouthfuls of food before abandoning mission; she might refer to the outing as an Epic Fail. READ MORE

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Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - What I Learned From Parenting A Son

What I Learned From Parenting A Son

What I’ve learned by parenting a son I grew up with a sister, no brothers. My father traveled a lot for work, so the majority of my childhood it was just us girls at home. There were definitely some perks...Read More
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Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - And The World's Worst Mom Award Goes To...
Beth Rosen

And The World’s Worst Mom Award Goes To…

Did you ever have one of those mornings, that despite your best intentions you screwed up and you are guilt-ridden the rest of the day? I recently had a day like that. It all started with a 90-minute school delay. I actually like a school delay on occasion; it gives both me and my kids a chance to catch up on some most-needed sleep – especially my little night owl. Last week brought an overwhelmingly large amount of homework for my 5th grader and she had been working diligently to finish it each night. READ MORE

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Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas: For Real

(Adapted from Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house All the creatures were stirring, in our messy house; We parents were rushing bedtime stories (“not fair!”), In hopes dear...Read More
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Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - Santa
Beth Markley

A Little Rant on Santa

When our kids were still visiting Santa I tried to manage their requests.

Santa: “What can I bring for you this year, buddy?”

My cute kid: “Abba babba doodie,” or something. It’s hard to hear crouched behind Santa’s broad back – the best position from which to provide necessary coaching.

Me (sotto voce): “Matchbox cars and Star Wars Legos, Santa. MATCHBOX CARS, STAR WARS … and, and books, lots of BOOKS.”

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Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka - Elves vs. the Elf-Nots
Jennifer Sando

Elves vs. The Elf-Nots

Each year, the first week of December drops a giant pile of guilt square in my lap.  My Facebook news feed fills up with all of my other parent friends posting pictures of all of the creative and often naughty things that their elf (or elves) have done the night before.

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