Blog Nuts 'n Bolts

Uncool Mom Featured On Mamapedia

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I’m very excited to share that a past post from UncoolMom.com is the “featured post” for today, July 29,2010 at mamapedia.com. For
those of you not familiar with Mamapedia, it’s a national website with all sorts of parenting and family articles as well as local advice and information. On its homepage and in its Voices
section, it showcases a different blog post every day, and also keeps the blog posts from the last four days visible. In addition, Mamapedia …

Being a Better Parent

Taking Stock: Does Our Family Measure Up?

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Talk about a staycation. We are about to embark on a huge adventure without having to leave home: we’ve applied to host a foreign exchange
student through AFS for the upcoming schoolyear, a girl from France. And I must say that even if we don’t get approved, just the process of applying has been worthwhile. I mean, how often do
you get the opportunity to really take stock of your family, your home, and your community, …

Being a Better Parent

Parents and Movies: Hopelessly Forgetful

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The re-release of the movie, “Grease” in “Sing-A-Long” version this month has reminded me of something a parent
recounted to me not long ago: She’d been all excited about showing her kids the original “Grease” but when she watched it with them, she was embarrassed that she’d forgotten about all the sexual
references. Oops. You can bet with the song lyrics now plastered onto it, it’s going to be even more embarrassing for forgetful parents! J 

Domestic Engineering

When Hand-Me-Down Hoarding Doesn’t Work

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The bedroom switch my daughters are undertaking this summer has been very interesting.
  The whole project has definitely turned out to be more than just “switch furniture and paint one room” (which went pretty well while I was gone July
4th by the way…my teenager, Allison, now sleeps amidst four walls painted a sophisticated gray-purple shade called, fittingly, “Enigma”

Travel With Kids

Thanksgiving in July

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“It’s a free country!” How many parents have heard this line at least once from a child who is trying to
justify bad behavior? How many of you have used this line on your own parents, or heard a sibling that has? And usually it’s followed by, “So I can do whatever I want!” I’ll bet the founding
fathers had no idea their groundbreaking document would be someday used and misused by sassy kids and teens from sea to shining sea, to defiantly explain …