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Dawn Yanek

The Most Fearful and Fearless Job We’ll Ever Do

I’m not terribly proud to admit it, but I’m afraid of a lot of things.

First, there are sharks. I am the crazy person in the swimming pool who motivates herself to swim faster because I imagine that sharks have somehow gotten into the pool (through the drain—duh) and are nipping at my feet. READ MORE

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    You Say Flamingo, We Say NSFW

    Pronunciation is hard. And to be fair, “flamingo” does have a lot of syllables. We’re secretly hoping this little girl never learns how to say it correctly....

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    Baby Pull Ups (No, Not That Kind)

    Working out is an essential part of staying healthy. What better way to teach your kids than to start them early? This little girl definitely has a great head start. ...

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    Letting Go: Sarah Autumn

    In the autumnal aftermath of the dissolution of my first marriage, I took a job and a leap of faith across two states to begin a new life. Amidst my feelings of disappointment and failure were the seeds of possibility...Read More
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    Popular Parenting Hacks Reviewed By Kids

    Dear parents of America… these kids have some notes for you....

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  • Can We STOP Mom Judging?

    Confession: I’m a recovering mom-judger. I used to roll my eyes when one more exasperated first time mom would ask, “How do I get my two-month old to sleep through the night?” I would be hard pressed to hide my surprise if another mom...

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    It’s Going To Be Okay, Even If It Isn’t

    When you are the parent of a child with a chronic illness, there comes a point when you just can’t worry anymore. It’s the equivalent of crying so hard you physically have no tears left. You would if you could,...Read More
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    You Can Probably Guess Exactly What’s About To Happen Here

    Yikes! That’s one way to cool off on a hot day. Or develop a lifelong phobia of water balloons. ...

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  • Danielle Tumminio

    The Elle and Aidan Spectrum

    My twin niece and nephew were learning to ride tricycles the last time I visited. Barely three years old, they donned their helmets and climbed onto the seat, placing their little feet on the pedals. And then they were off, Elle pedaling he...

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    Why I Gave Up Potty Training My Son After One Day

    Apparently the universe has a way of bitch slapping you in the face for making multiple public announcements about your first child potty training in one day.  Looking back, I probably deserved it, seeing as my announcements were less public service, and more poorly veiled commentary on my own parenting superiority. READ MORE

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  • Felicity Huffman

    Sweet Potato Heaven

    This is my all-time favorite entrée item. My sister, Grace, does this recipe by feel and taste, so the amounts are not exact, but you can taste it and change it according to your preferences. Ingredients: 2 cans of yams (I made this with f...

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    Helen Mitternight

    Dying Is Tedious: Bring A Book

    In all of the movies, deathbed scenes are short and dramatic. The dying friend or relative blurts out a heartfelt secret or nugget of wisdom. And fade to black.

    In reality, dying often takes its time. The human body is built to fight death, and death is built to be patient. No one tells you that dying can be tedious, so you’d better bring a book for those long stretches when your loved one is in that twilight that separates them from the truly living, but binds them still to life. READ MORE

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  • Chef Stuart O'Keeffe

    RECIPE: Roasted Lemon-Rosemary Leg Of Lamb

    I do love a good leg of lamb, and this is the perfect recipe for this time of year. It’s also a great dish to make in celebration of the new year, or for your next special occasion....

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    Confused Cutie Doesn’t Understand Why She Shouldn’t Take Cookies From Strangers

    This girl is having a little bit of trouble learning not to talk to strangers. Cookies and ice cream and swimming? We’d have trouble saying no, too!...

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