Family Room July 23 2012

BonBon Break


When I was a senior in high school, I decided to finally give myself a break and take the blow-off classes – you know, the ones handing out the easy A’s like candy.  I made this decision for many reasons, not least of which was the fact that one week in, I was already failing my Trig and Calculus class.

I remember sitting in one such class – Life Management, I think it was – listening to the teacher go on and on about how working mothers were doing a disservice to their children, sending them off to be raised by strangers with questionable values.

This struck a chord with me, and not just because I enjoyed being contrary as a teenager.

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About Laura: Laura is a wife; mother to two young boys, one of whom is a pediatric stroke survivor; high school English teacher; and domestic disaster. When she’s not neglecting the laundry, letting her children watch too much TV, and pretending to be a writer, she takes Masters classes, maintains her blog, Catharsis, and is a featured parenting and education contributor for Yahoo! and Examiner.

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HOW TO MISS A CHILDHOOD :::: Hands Free Mama

By sharing my own painful truths when it comes to the distractions of the modern age, I have gained an unexpected insight. In the 18 months this blog has existed, I have been privy to a new distraction confession every single day.

Up until now, I never knew what to do with this unusual collection of painful admissions from an overly connected society. But today, in a moment of clarity, I knew. And a woman with 35 years experience as a daycare provider held the key.

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About Rachel:  Rachel Macy Stafford is a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education and ten years experience working with parents and children.  In December 2010, this life-long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really matters by creating the blog, “Hands Free Mama.” Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple, non-intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loved ones. Rachel lives in Alabama with her husband and two children who inspire her daily.

You can follow this Hands Free Mama and her revolutionary approach to letting go and living life by joining “The Hands Free Revolution” on Facebook or through her blog at


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, that’s certainly true for this blogger who will surely make you laugh at her take about laundry, complete with Crappy Pictures™!

About Amber:  Amber Dusick writes and illustrates Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures™. She has two sons who inspire and annoy her on a daily basis.

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I’m getting spanked. And, no, not in the way one might enjoy getting spanked if one didn’t have an ass that slaps back. I’m getting spanked by my two-year-old. Who, incidentally, is exhausting me to the point that the possibility of sex and spanking happening on any given night is nearly impossible. But I digress…

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About Jennifer:  Jennifer’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tuesday; An Art Project, Subtropics, and Switchback. She received her MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and three children. You can read her blog, Kvetch Mom.

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