I love order. If you looked in the storage area of our basement you might have a hard time believing it, but I do. Order, predictability, planning … I strive for structure in all areas of my life, and have since I was little. I’ve always said it didn’t take a therapist to tell me…

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I’ve been a rule follower my entire life, and ironically it’s a character trait that hasn’t done me any favors. Sure, it’s kept me out of the principal’s office, jail, and rehab, and I’ve never worried about a scary phone call from my landlord, or the IRS, but weirdly, playing by the rules hasn’t always…

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A couple of years ago I knew a family whose house caught fire. The father bravely got the mom and two of his triplets out of the inferno to the safety of their front lawn (the other triplet had broken curfew and was still at a party, thank goodness). Then he heard barking from inside…

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Quarantine. A word I never thought I’d use to describe my life or have to use as a teacher, yet here we are. Over the past five weeks I’ve learned a few things and have also adjusted my parameters about things I thought I knew for certain. Come to find out, I’m not sure I…

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So here it is, Day 3,911 of quarantine with your teens &/or young adults, and if you’re like me, the boat that started off sailing over relatively smooth waters is starting to rock a little bit. Or perhaps yours is already capsizing. Whatever state the waters are that you’re navigating, I have some important dos…

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Today marks Day 30 for me of life in the bubble. That’s what this weird, new existence feels like to me — living in a bubble. And what’s even weirder about it? The fact that, although the situation that created it is horrific and surreal, I’m okay with it. Honestly, having my kids back home…

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Things to do with your grown kids in quarantine

Parents of older kids, we’ve never felt so fortunate, have we? For years we’ve relished the freedom from sleep deprivation, dealing with meltdowns, home chef duties, endless hours of mind-numbing play, and having to help with homework (and having to listen to your kids INSIST you are doing it wrong). Now that we’re in the…

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As some (12) of you know, I’ve struggled with what to call the new Friday Favorites now that they aren’t relegated to Fridays anymore (or regular for that matter), but never in my wildest list of possibilities did I ever think “Quarantine Favorites” is the title they’d have one day. What a bizarre time we’re…

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Thought I’d take a minute out of my *cough* busy day and check in with you to see how you’re all doing in quarantine. We’re on Day 13 in our house (voluntarily), and since Minnesota has issued a “shelter in place” for two weeks that begins tonight, I will have officially been in jammies quarantine…

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Coronavirus: What it means to all of us

While we’re all handling the self-imposed (or forced) quarantines in our own ways – hopefully by keeping our distance from others and doing all we can to flatten the curve of despair – the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is wreaking havoc on our routine lives. Tragically, many people are affected in ways beyond imaginable, but for…

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