Parenting

Summer Without Reservations

After four years living on the East Coast, there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not consciously grateful for our gorgeous Northern California weather. Our lives revolved around the weather when we lived in the city, car free. I’d plan grocery trips based...

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Styling Those Personalities

Ever since my babies were tiny, I’ve been very picky about what they wear. I went to fashion design school after all, and what I thought would make a great career ended up being a super fun hobby-for my children and for myself. I spent...

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Beating the Heat

It’s June 15th and we are a solid 13 days into summer. It is utterly wonderful to be able to wake up and have a relaxing morning with the kids, without anywhere to rush off to. We are baking cookies and holding lemonade stands, spending...

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Lifestyle and Lessons

It was always our intention to raise our children surrounded by family and friends, so when Justin graduated from dental school and it was time to leave New York, we headed back home to the Bay Area. Our families still live in the same town,...

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Safe and Happy Places

I’ve seen my fair share of minor accidents involving my children over the years. Stitches, emergency room visits, bumps and bruises are to be expected when parenting four children under 9 years of age. Emotionally they all respond and react to their bodies differently, and...

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With Love, From Us

  I try to be very cognizant of when and where and how long I use my phone around my children; the same could be said about my large DSLR camera and to a degree that kind of mental awareness is effective. I want to be...

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Everyday Superkid

We first realized our little Beau had super powers when he started walking at nine months of age. It wasn’t but a few weeks before that he was kicking a soccer ball across Central Park, and racing a scooter down the ramps at our building’s...

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Breaking Barriers with Imagination

One of my favorite, and also incredibly fascinating aspects of raising children in a big family is watching how their relationships change over the years. Jack and Zoe, being our first and 19 months apart in age, have always been very close. Their personalities and...

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Play For Life

One of the things that makes parenthood so wonderful, wacky, intense, complicated and challenging is the constant change that happens when kids inevitably progress through stages and ages. As soon as you have something figured out with one child, they grow out of it and...

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Motherhood Stories

It occurred to me the other day that I have been carrying around diapers in bags for over nine years, pretty much straight through. My lifetime as a mother has run the gamut in so many different ways; I began as a working mom of...

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Embracing the Everyday

I learned fairly early on in parenthood that if I followed a natural, established path of abiding by certain standards, then the decisions made based on those values would present themselves in most situations. It’s a basic plan of decision making rooted in the very...

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The Great Outdoor Sanctuary

We learned very early on in parenthood all about the benefits of nature and the outdoors. Jack was a very, very calm baby but on the occasion that he’d get upset, being outside under the enormous blue sky was the one thing that would calm...

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