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Jane Roper
Jane Roper is the author of a memoir, Double Time: How I Survived -- and Mostly Thrived -- Through my First Three Years Mothering Twins (St. Martin's Press, 2012) and a novel, Eden Lake. Her writing has appeared on Babble, Salon, The Rumpus and elsewhere. Jane has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters. Visit her at

Entries by Jane Roper

5 Parenting Mistakes My Mother Made

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 8:40 PM

I am constantly amazed by how much of my mother's parenting style I've adopted in parenting my own two children: emphasizing experiences (craft projects, outings, cultural events) over toys and gadgets; making dinners a sit-down, family affair every night; even leaving trails of jelly beans across the floor on Easter...

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Enough With the Mrs. Hall Shaming

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:37 PM

If you're a social media addict like me, you've probably read the now-notorious blog post by Mrs. Hall, in which she admonishes teenage girls not to post sexually suggestive selfies on Facebook, warning them that once boys (including her own sons) see them as sexual objects, they can't...

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Complain to Me, Please!

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Lately, I often find myself in the following situation: I'm talking with a friend and she's venting to me about something, the way friends do. Her entire family had the flu at once, or she feels trapped in her job, or she and her husband are going through a rough...

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The Story of My Hair Is the Story of My Life

(41) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 8:05 AM

Three months after my 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, I cut off my hair.

It's not what you think; I wasn't shaving it in solidarity with her hair loss. In fact, she didn't start losing her hair in earnest until a couple months later. And while I did donate...

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They Didn't Have a Chance

(11) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:45 PM

You know the world is topsy-turvy when, on a Monday morning, you find it more heart-wrenching to send your child off to kindergarten than to bring her twin sister to a pediatric cancer clinic for chemotherapy.

Like mothers across the nation, I am absolutely heartbroken over what happened in Newtown....

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