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Lori Landau
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yes, chaos. worlds collide in my house too. but isn't that what families are all about? love among the chaos ;) glad you connected to my post....enjoy our summer!
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2010 on Re-disorganization at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Historically, summer has been a time of re-organization for me. As soon as the end-of-school craziness dies down and the longer, less demanding days of summer begin, I go into purge mode. There's something about the end of one school... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Every time I go to my son's middle school, I've taken special note of a plaque that hangs on the wall, right outside of the door to the guidance office. It says: "No problem can be solved from the same... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at New Jersey Moms Blog
sending compassion & hope your way. I hope things look up for you in all ways.....
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sigh. the only suggestion I can give is (re)define your expectations and definitions of what each parent should be responsible for NOW. IMMEDIATELY. before your kids are teenagers and you feel that way times a billion.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2010 on Not Nine to Five at Chicago Moms Blog
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I was JUST blogging & FB'ing about this same thought. and my husband and I were just discussing that shocking quote in the car today.........
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2010 on What happened in Haiti... at NYC Moms
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so glad you posted this. I just posted it to my FB page, and hope everyone I know passes it on.....
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wanted to link to the actual page I was on at LIvestrong--the link in my piece takes you to the main page of this interesting resource. http://www.livestrong.com/article/11134-prepare-emergencies-as-family/
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for whoever is curious: all of the areas near me that are listed on the google maps site are "temporarily out of stock." what's your experience with the link?
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let me know how it goes (if you're able to find the shot, and if you're relieved afterward)
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Kelsey--I share your concern. In fact, I just blogged about my indecision over on NJ mom's. I'm posting the link for you in case there's anything in it to help you make your decision. I was particularly interested in what Mama's On Call had to say about it--I link to it in my post. hope it helps! http://www.newjerseymomsblog.com/2009/11/yes-it-was-that-flu-draft-.html#more
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2009 on Uncertainty over the H1N1 Vaccine at NYC Moms
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great post Vanessa. Would it make you feel better to know that the tooth fairy didn't make it to our house either when my daughter lost her first tooth? but that afternoon, "she" wrote a letter to my daughter explaining the backlog in getting to her. my daughter wrote back to her, thus creating more work for, well, the tooth fairy, than just getting to my daughter on time would have in the first place. but it also made for precious memories.
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For some reason, none of the links I posted are working. Here are the web addresses to Mamas On Call: www.mamasoncall.com ; to the piece I referenced by Dr. Rachel zahn, a.k.a. "Dr. Mom": www.mamasoncall.com//2009/09/i-may-want-to-just-say-no/ and to the google site for where to find the flu shot in your area: www.google.com/flushots .
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I'm endlessly fascinated by the passions that spring from our children. it seems that for every "job" in this world, there is someone born to do it. we teach our children to become who they truly are. sounds like you did a wonderful job in encouraging your son even if you THINK you weren't paying attention......and you continue to do so with your support......good luck to both of you....
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add me to the list of those who HATE homework. to me, it doesn't reinforce skills that kids learned in school, it reinforces kids hatred of mundane boring work. it has nothing to do with "real" learning, and it creates tremendous pressure for parents who are already overloaded and in many cases, not qualified to help (believe me, I was out of the math help equation by about 6th grade. our kids learn the most when they are having FUN and involved in activities that they're truly interested in. and society will be stronger if we spend more quality time together as families.
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Melysa--are you sure that there wasn't even one other mother there who was paying attention to her kid? maybe you need to change the lens that you're looking at it all through and see the other moms with a little more compassion and a little less judgement. while I TOTALLY GET (really) you feeling like you don't fit in, and maybe soccer isn't the right place for you and your son, I have to doubt that every single person around you is just concerned with socializing. even moms who seem to have it all (seem being the operative word here) suffer the full emotional spectrum of being human beings. you might not like or hit it off with everyone, but I'd be willing to bet that you're not the only person feeling out of place and on the sidelines, no matter the size of the wallet. good luck.......
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I am SO with you! (and glad to know that I'm not the only one who throws away goody crap). I have learned to circumvent the goody bag thing by actually doing a creative activity at the party--keeps 'em busy, and they still have something (their own work) to take home. but then, my kids are getting older. so I can also tell you the goody bag goes the way of the party eventually--
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2009 on Down With Goody Bag Guilt! at New Jersey Moms Blog
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I really really feel for you. beautifully written and anyone who is a family member of someone with emotional illness will not only relate, but appreciate your honesty. not all of us have the relationship with a parent or sibling the way we wish it would be, thanks to the still murky waters of the psyche. and the fact that really, it's not talked about all that much in the press--at least not in a way that eases suffering, doesn't help.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2009 on The Ties That Bind at New Jersey Moms Blog
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you successfully steered me away from that dealership. I am in the market for a car and have considered looking at infinity since I always like their cars on the road. I hope it makes you feel better that you know you prevented them from "taking" someone else.
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Thanks for your comment Gae. I felt a little prim and old writing it, but I didn't mean it that way. In my mind, there are some things worth preserving from our parent's style of raising children, and that includes teaching manners and yes, knowing when to dust off the dressier clothes. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not exactly conservative, especially when it comes to self-expression and fashion, but I do believe that there's merit to knowing how to dress....and act...for the occasion.
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2009 on Civility Unrest at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Thank you for your interest in the ramifications of Pilot doing business so close to our schools. I'd like to make it clear that I wrote this blog as a mom--after all, this is a mom's blog site. And as a mom, of course my primary consideration and reason for voicing concern, is that I just can't see how it benefits children's health to be situated so closely to any kind of potentially hazardous condition such as fuel emissions and the like. I am not an expert, but there are plenty out there who have detailed the significant health risks posed by truck stops. This is not a personal attack on truckers--or even an attack on Pilot. I just don't want the potential dangers of a truck stop near my kids. It just doesn't make sense to have the land by a school used for this purpose, and Mahwah's residents are going to be negatively impacted if they allow this ordinance is overturned. When I look at Pilot's other truck stops, (check out www.KeepMahwahSafe.com and click on the Bloomsbury link to get an idea of what an expanded Pilot will be like) I am dismayed to think that my kids might be across the street from such a huge truck stop, spewing out toxins and trucks and potential problems by the minute. I will be afraid to let my kids walk on the sidewalk, play sports on the field that's a mere 50 feet from the truck stop, and I will constantly be uneasy about the possibility of a truck accident/catastrophe. In fact, I already am with things as they are now. Expanding on the site will only increase my concern. There is a reason why the original municipal land use laws prohibited (and still prohibit) having a truck stop so close to a school, and there is a wealth of information to back up that intelligent planning. No amount of donations or promises of town support can change the good sense that went into that ordinance when it was written. Town zoning boards are charged with overseeing appropriate land use, and protecting citizens from unhealthy conditions. In my mind, it is the town zoning board's responsibility to live up to that tenet by voting against overthrowing the ordinance, as they already have twice. Nothing has changed to make this time any different. For those who feel that Pilot will make the site "prettier," again, I suggest you check out the Bloomsbury site--perhaps take a ride there, or read about every single Bloomsbury town official that has lost patience with Pilot in their town and are now contending with all kinds of significant issues--aesthetics being the least of them. In my world, "prettier" would be a park, or a youth recreation center, or even a Starbucks. Not a bigger truck site. Regarding the suggestion that I (or any organization out there raising public consciousness about the situation) am costing the town money because of my opinion that truck stops don't belong near schools, I beg to differ. Seems to me that it's the other way around: that it is Pilot who is costing the town money because they are once again challenging an ordinance that was already in place. If you're worried about protecting your money in our town, then think about what is going to happen to real estate values once potential buyers get wind of Pilot's proximity to the schools? Finally, I find it hard to believe that anyone with children could put whatever money that Pilot is giving town officials for the school or other causes ahead of their children's health. No amount of money can buy children's health. And to the best of my understanding, anyone who accepts money from Pilot should recuse themselves from voting, since doing so constitutes a clear conflict of interest. Shame on you who have already "sold" your vote.
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Perhaps since you know your friend, and presumably her family, uniquely--why not use your writing skill to help express your feelings and comfort her at the same time? I have found that jotting down a few heartfelt memories of friend's parents who passedaway, and sharing sentiments in writing about why he had an impact on me and my own history have been much appreciated by my own friends. good luck!
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2009 on Best Friends, Forever at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Stephanie--My heart goes out to you and your family. I wanted to send you my very best wishes for a complete recovery and healthy happy life for you and your kids. I am twittering the link to your website and putting you as my FB status today. I also urge everyone who is reading this to share Stephanie's link with their own contacts. Best of luck and health to you and your family. With compassion--Lori
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congrats about the birth of Evan--enjoy the wonder of it all--concentrate on the "sweet" keep the tweet in perspective......
Toggle Commented May 31, 2009 on Twitter Backlash at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Bruuuuuuuuuuuccccce!!!!!!!!!!! talk about a "killer" version of Kitty!
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