Book Report #1: What makes you qualified to write a book about parenting?

Book Report #1: What makes you qualified to write a book about parenting?

When I started snackdinner, I knew I wanted to write a book. But I didn't feel I could write a book. In this first "book report," I want to share why I changed my mind, in hopes that those of you imagining your own big projects might be inspired to start. 

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Parents, you can stop worrying about these school-borne illnesses

Parents, you can stop worrying about these school-borne illnesses

Cold and flu season leads to lots of unnecessarily worried parents, in large part because the language we use to talk about disease is so confusing. Before you have to stock up on the tissues and chicken soup, take some time to sort the actually scary from the mere scary-sounding. 

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This is the Real Reason Moms Don't Have Time to Shower

This is the Real Reason Moms Don't Have Time to Shower

My seven-minute showers are the most imaginative moments of my day. 

I know that screaming I hear isn't from a mortal wound. It's just the start of a house-wide search for a pink bouncy ball that kiddo lost weeks ago but has to find RIGHT NOW. But that doesn't keep me from running through lists of what ifs. 

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The Top 5 Things Stealing Your Writing Time...And How To Get It Back [Review]

The Top 5 Things Stealing Your Writing Time...And How To Get It Back [Review]

At home, I make economic calculations about the best use of my time and hire out the tasks that make more time for the tasks I want to do. I've created a SAHM uniform to reduce decision fatigue.

I'm learning to make the same kinds of choices with my blog too. I am not a professional photographer. I am not a professional web designer. I am not a professional marketer. So I outsource these essential blogging skills to places so that I can focus on my writing. 

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Parent Research 101: Cause and Effect

Parent Research 101: Cause and Effect

It's back-to-school season, which means we're all reading about how playground equipment might kill us, or why kids should never be allowed to go to school when sick, or why they should always attend school while sick, or why kindergarten is making them stupid. 

This is a great time to think about cause and effect. 

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How not to prepare your child for a new sibling

How not to prepare your child for a new sibling

There's a bowl at my place on the kitchen island. There's cereal in that bowl. That's my cereal in that bowl. That was the last of my cereal in that bowl? Where's my milk? 

My three-year old's list of reasons to move to Australia has been growing since Mother's Day, when my husband's teenage brother came to live with us for three months.

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