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Madison is a town rich in educational opportunities for kids and families. It is definitely not short on science activities, venues, and events that strive to make science accessible to children of all ages. Below is a (likely non-exhaustive)...
  I have battled depression as long as I can remember. I didn’t label it as such when I was a teenager, I just remember mornings where I couldn’t get out of bed, and then the same thing happening for...
Middle school days are a curious thing A stark difference from the first bell ring Far from the heady grade school days Middle school begins with a hint of malaise Gone are bright backpacks and birthday treats Replaced with grunts, sighs, and stinky feet No...
Disclaimer:  Look out! I am on my soap box with this blog.  Here’s my little PSA reminding parents to be sensitive to other mamas and papas. Each of my kids have gifts and areas where they excel. One didn’t need to...
  I feel like there were so many things I learned about having kids before I actually had some of my own. But there was no book about dealing with your emotions for the first time you send your oldest...
I had a kid graduate from high school this spring and I am having all of the feelings that go with it. He worked hard for where he is and I love that it's paying off. He will go...
I had no idea when I gave birth to my first child as a naive 24 year old that moms were the toughest of humans. I never knew just how much I would be stretched to my limits emotionally...
Let’s talk about one of the weirdest universal truths of parenthood: kid math. I am not talking about some new addition strategy your elementary schooler has to teach you so you can help them with their homework. Although, believe...
Musings and encouragement (some humorous, some painfully true) from a mom who has survived 3 teenagers simultaneously the past 3 years (and hoping I didn’t totally screw them up -- fingers crossed!) A is for asking open-ended questions (you gotta...

Well Crap, She’s a Tween

  You know how we hear all the time when our kids are little that it’s going to be okay? Did you mess up and yell at them? Have a hard day? Literally accidentally step on their foot or cut...
My mom was a 1970s feminist, the kind college students of today read about in gender and women’s studies classes. She protested the Vietnam War. She moved to San Francisco to use her social work degree talking people down...
I went back-to-school shopping with my tween and lived to tell the tale. So, I thought I'd share my pointers with you. Please tell me your own tips in the comments. I have 3 more tweens on the way! ...

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Fall Traditions on Our Farm: Meet the Ripps – a Farm...

Meet the Ripps: a farm family from Dane, WI growing crops and raising cattle. With fall harvest taking place all over Wisconsin right now,...