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Samantha McGarry
Samantha McGarry is a working mom, juggling career, family and domesticity one crazy day at a time -- with a smile on her face. She blogs at Keeping the Glass Half Full.

Entries by Samantha McGarry

Son, These Are The 10 Ways You Amaze Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Dear son,

Today you turn 10. And while every birthday is worth celebrating, this one is particularly poignant.

For 10 whole years, I've held you, fed you, hugged you, entertained you, laughed with you, cleaned you and cleaned up after you, answered your questions, dried your tears, high-fived your achievements....

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Zen and the Art of Distraction Management

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:29 PM

This post had several working titles including "Mommy's Sorry She Has To Go To Work," and "Your Focus Needs More Focus." Either way, there was some serious working Mom guilt combined with a heavy dose of standard parental frustration going on this week.

Weekday mornings require the usual routine for...

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Summer Camp

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:52 PM

School's out, summer's here. Parents everywhere are cheering. Or are they?

Confession: I hate summer camp.

I hate that we have to be out of the house a whole hour earlier than during the school year in order to catch the bus to camp. Our already-challenging mornings become even more...

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Dear Kids Clothing Retailers From Parents Everywhere

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:52 PM

My 7-year-old needs new shorts. The ones labeled 4-5 have lasted us two years but they are now worn and stained. We could probably squeeze one more summer out of them but there's a high probability of a wardrobe malfunction at camp. So I went out and bought her a...

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Will You Snuggle with Me, Mama?

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Over the last few months my daughter, who is 7, has started asking that I snuggle with her at bedtime. This is by no means unusual; many kids do it. And unlike some kids, it's not a distraction technique designed to put off the inevitability of bedtime. Nor is it...

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Parents vs. Legos

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:05 PM

I love Legos.

I love how they can hold my kids' attention for 20+ minutes at a time, sometimes even longer. I love how my son intensely follows the directions to create fantastically-complicated Lego masterpieces, often within minutes of receiving them as a birthday or Christmas gift. I love how...

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You Know You're The Parent of an Elementary School Kid When...

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 1:56 PM

The days of bottles, potty training, snotty noses and sippy cups are far behind me. I now have two kids in elementary school and, like so many parents of similar-aged kids, find myself pondering about how much my life has altered as I cruise around the grocery store at 9...

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10 Tips for a Successful Staycation

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:42 PM

If a vacation is not on the cards for your family this summer, then chances are you are planning a staycation. Having been there and done that, I'd like to offer some advice to help make your staycation enjoyable for the kids -- and sane for you:

  1. Plan ahead. I...
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Karate Kids

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 5:02 PM

My son came out of the womb high on life and has been bouncing off the walls ever since. My daughter fell in love with Optimus Prime when she was about 2 years old and has been steadfast in her devotion ever since. Given his energy and her...

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Inside the Brain of a Mother

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Recently, one of those excellent snarky ecards doing the rounds caught my eye. It joked that a mother's brain was like having hundreds of tabs open in Chrome. For those of you who don't speak technology, it basically inferred that we have always a gazillion thoughts running in parallel at...

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(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 3:54 PM

As I sit here, my 8-year-old son is consuming his fifth waffle and watching some inane Sunday morning cartoon. His life is carefree, focused, as kids often are, on entertainment, fulfilling his needs, and fun, fun, fun.

But, at some point today, I have to sit him down and have...

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