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Bethany Meyer

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This Is Childhood: Six

(32) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 12:08 PM

This post is the sixth in the series "This Is Childhood," which captures moments in our children's lives, from age 1 to 10.

Hello, Age 6.

You and I have met on several occasions. Twice you've blazed through my house.

Upon your arrival, you've brought beaming faces to...

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5 Reasons This Family Isn't Skiing

(29) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:26 PM

I log onto Facebook, and they're doing it. All of them. With pictures to prove it.

My friends, family members, casual acquaintances... seemingly everyone I know is doing it.

"We should do it."

"Do what?" he asks.

"Do this," I reply, tilting the monitor so my husband can see it.

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Up and Away He Grows

(27) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 1:02 PM

His thin arms, growing longer it seems by the minute, envelop my neck.

"Goodnight, Mom," whispers my oldest boy.

Ours is a dance I know intimately. As well I should. I've been doing it nightly for over 11 years.

I rest my head against his, clear my...

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10 Steps to Ensure Your Kids Will Need Post-Holiday Therapy

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 1:19 PM

1. Reserve a weekend in December for the annual choosing and cutting down of the Christmas tree. Make sure to choose a tree farm almost an hour's drive north. On the day you make the trip, bring a friend of your oldest son's along. Because six people weighing in on...

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Couldn't Chaperone the Field Trip? Here is What You Missed...

(6) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 11:54 AM

My son is in kindergarten. With 29 other boys. I volunteered to chaperone their field trip to an apple orchard last week. Below is a list of things we parent chaperones said during the five-hour excursion...

Sit down. On your bottom.

Sit. Down.

Hands to...

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Why This Mom Runs

(14) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 1:18 PM

Cancer is a mean son of a bitch. It came for my dad eight years ago. While he endured treatment, I looked at my young sons, still in diapers, and I tried to imagine their lives without him. I needed to hurt so I didn't have to imagine that world...

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'50 Shades'...10 Years Later

(17) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 6:26 PM

Dear Ana,

You and Christian have been the topic of discussion among housewives for the better part of a year. It's true! Your story arouses interest. I'm writing to give some insight into a day in your life with Christian and your children in 10 years' time. Take a peek...

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A Letter to the Parents of the Olympic Athletes

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 3:27 PM

I loved meeting my newborn sons. In their first hours of life, I held each of them, studying every detail of their unfamiliar faces. I tugged at their receiving blankets to reveal their tiny shoulders. I counted ten tiny fingers and smiled as their reflexive grip tightened around my finger,...

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The Chatter in My Minivan

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 3:30 PM

My husband and I got married in our mid-twenties. Our first home was a charming two-bedroom apartment just outside of Philadelphia. I drove a cute four passenger car... a stick shift. Then we bought a house in the suburbs. You know that saying, "new house, new baby"? True for us....

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Snapshots of Summer, Halfway Through

(19) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 3:16 PM

We're halfway through summer. No broken bones. Only one sunburn. A few minor cuts. Minimal mosquito bites. Most importantly, my sanity remains intact. I've learned a few things in the past six weeks.

The Little Lessons...

I love having no schedule.

I hate having no schedule.

The minute a stranger...

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The Evolution of a Parent

(12) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Slap me. If I claim I'm the same parent to my fourth child that I was to my first child, please slap me.

I held my first son eleven years ago and instantly fell in love. I was intoxicated by his newborn smell. I spent days watching him sleep....

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A Day at the Baby Pool

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:05 PM

When your child is in the baby pool, you sit in the warmest of waters and watch as he mouths the plastic giraffe that a little girl just extracted from her swimmy diaper... the swimmy diaper her Mom is now changing on the grass because it's full of poop. Poop...

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The View From My Father's Shoulders

(8) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 9:14 AM

I learned to dance... because he offered me the tops of his shoes and his two gentle hands.

I learned to get dirty... because he encouraged me to climb trees.

I learned to love the sunlight dancing off the ocean... because he walked me over the dunes to see it...

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