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Devon Corneal
Devon Corneal is a lawyer, mother, and step-mother who lives, outnumbered, in a loud and wonderful home in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, two boys, and a dog named Max. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developing, coordinating and analyzing policies relating to children, youth and families. She’s also written on issues involving individual rights, child and adolescent development, children and the law, and now, parenting. She received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. from The College of William and Mary. When not working or writing, she can be found puttering around the garden, cheering on the sidelines, swinging at the playground, or if she’s really lucky, hiding in the hammock with a good book.

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Entries by Devon Corneal

Wenn ich das geahnt hätte, hätte ich die Zeit mit meinem Sohn mehr genossen

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 11:40 AM

Heute fragte mein Sohn mich, ob wir vor dem Schlafengehen noch ein wenig kuscheln können. Er sollte eigentlich schon längst schlafen und ich war müde und gereizt. Außerdem musste ich noch einen Berg Wäsche zusammenlegen, ein Memo schreiben und einen Blogeintrag fertigstellen. Ich sagte ihm, dass ich zwei Minuten mit...

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Das letzte Mal

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 9:33 AM


Heute fragte mein Sohn mich, ob wir vor dem Schlafengehen noch ein wenig kuscheln können. Er sollte eigentlich schon längst schlafen und ich war müde und gereizt. Außerdem musste ich noch einen Berg Wäsche zusammenlegen, ein Memo schreiben und einen Blogeintrag fertigstellen....

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The Importance of Being 7

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 8:56 AM

Today is Little Dude's birthday. Only, he's not so little anymore. He's 7. This means he's lost all traces of his baby belly and chubby cheeks. He is all coltish legs and angular features and perfect skin. He is energy trapped in human form. He chafes when I hover and...

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Thanks, Birth Control!

(8) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:49 AM

This fall, we sent our oldest off to college. I'm still grappling with the idea that he's gone. I'm also trying to wrap my head around the bacchanalia that is the freshman college experience. I'm a little bit terrified, a little bit envious and a little bit excited all at...

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I Will Always Buy Banned Books for My Kids

(43) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Until this week, I thought I was an average mom. I cook dinners, make lunches and oversee homework. I live in the suburbs. I drive a sensible car. Today, however, I discovered that I am a hard-core dissident bent on undermining the fabric of our society. I am a radical...

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What Nine West's 'First Day of Kindergarten' Ad Gets Wrong

(28) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Oh, Nine West, home of affordable fun shoes and witness to every meaningful event in my 20s and 30s, I feel you have lost your way. For years, you were my go-to for office-appropriate heels, strappy sandals and the occasional New Year's Eve stiletto. You were reliable and trustworthy with...

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The Tools My Father Gave Me

(6) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 4:53 PM

I've spent the better part of three days in our basement tool room, or, as I've come to call it "the pit of despair." A few months ago, my husband, frustrated that he couldn't locate a simple screwdriver in the mess that had accumulated over the past seven...

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The Gwynnie Wars

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Several weeks ago I wrote a pointed post in response to a comment Gwyneth Paltrow made in an interview which suggested that having a 9-5 job was easier than working on a film set once a year. I found her statement callous and lacking an acknowledgement of the...

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Goop, She Did It Again

(80) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:59 AM

I do not know Gwyneth Paltrow. I've never met her, don't have friends who hang with her, and have no personal insight into what makes her tick. I should treat her with the same indifference I feel for most celebrities, and I would, if only she would stop giving me...

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The Bittersweet Milestone I Didn't See Coming

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 11:16 AM

My addiction started early. What began as an innocent desire to escape into fantasy and find some calm in the midst of chaos turned into a lifelong habit. I ran with crowds that accepted my behavior, only cutting back when I got my first real job and realized my extracurricular...

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The Real Tragedy of the Rachel Canning Case

(46) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:17 PM

You gotta love Jersey. Because here in the Garden State teenagers sue their parents for child support. Yep, you heard that right. Eighteen-year-old Rachel Canning is suing her parents for child support and a few other things too. Here's the basic gist: teenager starts fighting with...

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Promises, Promises

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:42 PM

As a general rule, I'm not one for big New Year's resolutions. I dislike the pressure involved in reinventing myself between December 31st and January 1st and every time I've tried, I've either forgotten what I've promised to do or given up within days. Regardless of the outcome, I end...

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A Little Piece of Heaven

(8) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 12:06 PM

My son, like every other child in the world, is a complete mystery to me. He interval trains with bursts of sweet, snuggly, thoughtful, kind, funny, and loving juxtaposed with obstinate, forgetful, melty and annoying. The days can seesaw wildly from extremes, which is why I treasure bedtime. Not because...

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One Honest Christmas Card

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Today I finished our annual Christmas card. This is no small task. It involves picking out just the right design, choosing an array of photos that gives recipients a taste of what we did with our 360-odd days, and drafting a concise, witty and informative note that doesn't veer into...

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Thanks, Birth Control

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Everywhere I turn this week, people are telling me what they're grateful for. These seem to be the same people who spend the rest of the year, like me, complaining about stuff on Facebook, but I'm all for the change, even if it's only for the month of November. I...

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Escape from Alcatraz

(37) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 10:41 AM


I am being held hostage by a 4-foot-tall emotional terrorist who has been lecturing me for days about not using my "mad voice." I'm losing hope in the face of his expert interrogation techniques, which often include tears, puppy dog eyes and pointed reminders that, "You promised Mommy, and...

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The Best Kids' Halloween Books of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 3:52 PM

It's almost time for monsters, ninjas, fairies, witches and hobos to hit the streets and start begging for candy. HuffPost Parents blogger Devon Corneal has stocked up on mini-chocolate bars and lollipops in the hopes that Halloween doesn't get postponed this year by another freak October storm. On...

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Everything I Want My Son To Learn Before Kindergarten

(131) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Yesterday, my 5-year-old came down the stairs naked. Explaining his missing clothes, he said, "Mommy, I wanted to get naked." I had no problem with that. Until I noticed he was still wearing his socks. White athletic socks, pulled up to mid-shin. It was chilly, but style cannot be sacrificed...

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We Are Each Other's Keepers

(67) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Yesterday, I was a horrible mother.

I was the least pleasant version of myself that I have ever been with my 5-year-old. I was snappish, impatient, short-tempered, dismissive, frustrated and cold. I failed to see his point of view, I overreacted and stormed out of a room. I whined....

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Lessons in Futility

(87) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Doing laundry last night, it occurred to me that I am an idiot. I'm a reasonably competent woman with a job and a college degree and yet, it is possible that I am dumber than a box of rocks. I know this because I have a 5-year-old boy and I...

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