When is Your Child Old Enough to be Left Home Alone?

It’s Wednesday January 2 and the kids are still on Christmas vacation…for another FIVE days. And I have zero leverage. Gone is the threat that Santa will dock them a present for bad behavior. Gone is the promise of driving around to check out Christmas lights if they could just leave Mommy alone for 30 […]

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Who Pays When Porch Pirates Pinch Your Presents?

Starting after Thanksgiving, I park my car a house or two down the street. Why? Am I making room for a “Lexus to Remember” complete with a big red bow on top? Nope. I’m desperately trying to preserve my kids’ belief in Santa. Well, at least the 8 year old and the four year old. […]

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What to Do if the Police Want to Question Your Teenager

Can you guess the number one reason why my husband and I get panicked phone calls from friends and acquaintances late at night? It’s not for advice on how to get their kids to sleep. We have yet to figure out how to get a kid to sleep (and we’ve had four tries). All four […]

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