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What I Wish I Knew About Life When I Graduated High School

I look at your hopeful face, your bright eyes, and I wish I could go back in time and tell you a few things, aside from lose the giant bangs and Val Kilmer won’t age well. You’re currently stressing over your first semester of college, decisions over where to work, and whether to keep dating that cute guy (Spoiler alert. He IS the one!). If I could arrange a meeting between my middle-aged self and my fresh out of high school self, here’s what the present me might say... 

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5 Life Lessons I Learned Before I Was 10

I had a lot of responses to a post I wrote called Is the Internet Making Us Mean?  While discussing the topic with my husband later, we came to a conclusion--ironically, while watching "Survivor"--that it's not just a social media problem...it's basic manners in general. Behaviors we were taught as a matter of course when we were young seem absent today.

Rather than lament "this younger generation," though, it brought to mind some of the little sayings and lessons I grew up with--ones I hope I've passed on to my own kids. Most of these were caught, rather than taught. 

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11 Signs You're Reaching Middle Age

I remember when my mom was pushing 50 and she'd mention something about being "middle-aged." To which I would smart-aleckly reply something like, Was she planning on living to 100? (Sorry, Mom.)

Merriam-Webster defines middle age as "that period of life from about 45 to 64." Since it's a dictionary, I'm going to believe this. And it may or may not have something to do with the fact that I find myself now squarely in my mid-40s and everything to do with the fact that, like many things in life, my mom was right and I was wrong.

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Does This Make Me Look Fat? Girls and Body Image

We read the studies, see the exposés on the portrayal of women in the media—the dehumanization, the surgically altered yet anorexic models held up as ideal images for our girls—and we get angry. Angry at the media, angry at society with its ridiculous expectations, angry at unattainable standards which cause our girls to doubt themselves and question their worth. Angry when a 10-year-old pinches the inside of her tiny thigh and announces she’s “fat.”

But what if the problem isn’t only the media, what if it’s… us?

Yes—us. You and me. The women in their lives.

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Is the Internet Making Us Mean?

I remember a time when, if you wanted to confront someone, you either had to handwrite it in a letter, say it on the phone, or (gasp) say it to their face.

If you're on the interwebs ever, then it's no surprise that many social niceties, such as please and thank you seem to becoming less and less common.

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What Does a Stay-at-Home Mom Do When Her Kids Grow Up?

Our oldest child left home yesterday.

Yes, we've said goodbye to him for college (which was hard) and then Air Force basic training shortly after he was married to our wonderful daughter-in law last summer. He really hasn't been home home for a long time.

But this has an air of finality that we've never felt before. We're done with actively parenting this son.

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