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Kelly Hirt

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As a Mom, I Feel Guilty When...

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Can you be a mother without overflowing amounts of guilt? I wish that I could say yes, but... I don't think it is possible. Some days, I start the morning with feelings of guilt because I am a working parent. There are days when I feel bad knowing that my...

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(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 11:20 AM

With the New Year upon us, I love to read what others say about resolutions or the one word they choose to represent 2014. While scrolling through Twitter reading such articles, I thought about a word that is often present in our home: Persistence.

Persistence is a quality that...

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Thankful Perspective

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 11:51 AM

Because I became a mother later in life, parenting was a long adjustment. I was used to a clean house and spontaneous plans like weekends away or dinners out with friends. My Sunday routine was taking hours to read the paper with more than one cup of coffee.

Being the...

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The Only Child Costume

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 10:50 AM

As I listened to my colleagues talking about their children's Halloween costumes, I thought about my son's choice. He was very specific about his 2013 selection. He wasn't a zombie or a policeman; he was a policeman who had been infected by a zombie and was transformed despite his extreme...

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Twice-Exceptional: Is It a Gift?

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:01 PM

"Do you have any idea how smart he really is?" She looked at me with visible frustration when I seemed to discount her words. After all, she was the mother of two highly gifted girls and she knew all the signs.

In the beginning, my partner and I enjoyed hearing...

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Nightmare Conference

(8) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 1:51 PM

As a teacher, I have many responsibilities. In addition to learning new curriculum, I hang art, collect picture money, give friendship advice, order supplies, make copies, apply band aids, and still manage to teach 22 young learners the needed academic subjects.

One of the most important...

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How Did I Get Here?

(15) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 12:51 PM

At some point, parents must be prepared to answer complicated questions that are thrown at them by their children. Questions like...

Will we run out of air?

Why are they mean?

Do all dogs die?

I knew that this was part of being a parent, but honestly, I didn't know...

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The Moment I Knew

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 12:38 PM

When we asked readers to tweet about the moment they knew they needed to de-stress, the responses were alarming. Breaking points were marked by health crises, family problems and other types of suffering. We decided to go deeper into some of these stories in the hope that others...

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