Huggies Gets Parents’ Underwear in a Knot

It’s been a long time since I’ve changed a diaper. It’s also been a long time since I’ve paid attention to anything about diapers. But a new television ad from Huggies recently caught my attention. And it looks like I’m not alone. Read on. Does Anyone Else Smell Something? Wanna know what’s smellier than a stinky diaper? Well, it looks…

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My 93-Year-Old Uncle Blows my Mind Away!

  My Uncle Jack is my idol. We should all be so blessed to live such a long, healthy life. Uncle Jack is 93. And he sends more e-mails than anyone I know. His favorite thing to do is “forward” e-mails he thinks are funny. I look at EVERYTHING Uncle Jack sends. He just sent an e-mail with a subject:…

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Be Careful What You Ask For

My youngest son turns 16 today. And suddenly, the one thing I’ve long dreamed of is here. And I’m not sure how I feel about it.   Today I bid farewell to all the friends I’ve made over the years in the carpool lane. My youngest son is officially 16. This day is really not about a kid getting his driver’s…

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LiveStrong Marathon – Wanting a Redo

The 2012 Austin-LiveStrong Marathon  is this weekend. I actually have a bunch of friends who are flying down to join in the fun for either the full marathon or the half version. And while I’m happy and excited for all of them – I’m feeling a little mixed. I ran the LiveStrong half last year with several Imerman Angels friends.…

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Feeling My Age at the Chicago Auto Show

I recently spent a day at the Chicago Auto Show with my son – who is turning 16. He’s feeling pretty grown-up these days. I’m feeling frazzled. Read on: It used to be, when I’d take the kids to the Chicago Auto Show, I’d feel exhilarated. Bedazzled. Young, Sleek. Bright. Super-charged. The other day when I took my youngest son to…

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Dusting Off a Valentine from the Family Archives!

Dear Mom, Thanks. Thank you for saving every card I ever made for you. And thank you for carefully taping them in to scrapbook after scrapbook. Preserving them as if they were meant to go to the Smithsonian someday. What you actually created, as I now look at all your efforts forty-some years later, was enough “memories” to fill four…

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From Ann Landers to Man-Landers

When I was a kid – back in a little town in Nebraska – one of my mom’s favorite things to read every morning was an advice column in the Omaha World Herald . They were written by Ann Landers Ann Landers was a pen name for a woman named Eppie Lederer – and she wrote that column for something like…

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Teaching My Son Social Skills

Once upon a time, I had a kid who couldn’t keep his hands off anyone. Make that “everyone.” So I enrolled him into Tai Kwon Do classes for what seemed to be years.  And I sweated bricks wondering if he’d ever grow out of that phase. He did. He learned a lot. And I learned that sometimes you just need…

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Save the Last Dance for Dad

My daughter and I went to a Valentine’s Daddy-Daughter Dance. It was in the cafeteria of a local grade school. “Formal,” said the pink flyer she brought home one day. I later learned that meant all fluorescent lights would be off and we’d be dancing to the moonlit glow of a few exit signs. My daughter had one goal for the night. She wanted…

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The Best Days?

An open letter to every kid who has ever rolled their eyes when an adult said, “Hey, these are the best days of your life!”: What do you mean “The Best Days”? First of all, I’m sorry if that didn’t make you feel better. We weren’t trying to downplay the stress you deal with on a daily basis. We didn’t…

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