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Tarja Parssinen
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Tarja Parssinen is a San Francisco-based writer, blogger and mom to two young boys. Her work has appeared in various magazines and humor sites, on NPR, and most recently, as a contributor to the women’s humor anthology and Amazon #1 Hot New Release, “You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth.” Most days, Tarja can be found at her humor site, The Flying Chalupa, where she strives to have a voice. A voice that doesn’t have to count to three.

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Don't Put It All In One Village

(9) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 5:53 PM

As someone living without a traditional village (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles), I have spent the last seven years trying to build a non-traditional one (ie: any living, breathing creature that offers friendship and/or childcare) and it occurs to me that I am going about this all wrong.

My first mistake:...

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That Time You Went Bra Shopping After Having A Kid

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:00 AM

I am the bra for you!

I'm a metal coat hanger twisted into the perfect shape to maul the general vicinity of your curves. Available in lime and fuchsia!

Over here, honey, they call me The Torpedo. Did you see me in that poster with Jane Russell? Just slip me...

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A Mom's Guide to 'Game of Thrones'

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 6:38 PM

It's not that I've been completely oblivious to the whole "Game of Thrones" phenomenon. I did, after all, used to work for the same company that published George "Really Rad" Martin's books, and when the series came to HBO, I took note, mainly because people wouldn't shut up about it.

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A Husband Defends the Band Rush

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:57 PM

More Pinot? It's good right? I got it on the top shelf at the grocery store. No, not the second-to-top shelf. Taste the berries.

What? That noise? I put on a CD. It's the best three-man band on the face of the Earth. Rush. You totally love them, remember? When...

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So, Your Son Is In Preschool

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM

In the year of our savior Reggio Emilia, there did a monster reign.

He walked amongst them unnoticed at times. Peaceful. Quiet. As with Play-Doh. And the Trains of Thomas. And Maresol, that fair teacher of Espanol who taketh no crap.

"Things are as they should be," they said, at...

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The Business Trip

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:16 PM

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a business trip.

As a double entrepreneur (co-founder of a family and bricklayer of words), there's nothing new about that. I usually go on two business trips a year. What's changed is the way I refer to them. Before, I might have...

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The Family Dinner

(4) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 12:08 PM

At both of my sons' annual checkups, our pediatrician asked me the same question:

"Do you have family dinners together?"

At first, I thought this was a coded question about the latest episode of "Vanderpump Rules," but after an awkward silence, I stammered, "Um... well... a couple of nights a...

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Little Boys: Doves vs. Dynamite

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Looking back at 2013, I can tell you that my 5-year-old son really put a damper on my 21st century, gender-neutral, Bay-area parenting agenda.

Pacifism is in, but it is very hard to talk troop-withdrawal with the troops because the troops are interested in protecting and fighting and good guys...

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The Family Photo Session

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Is it so wrong to want an amazing photograph of my family with my extended family with everyone's eyes open? IS THAT SO WRONG?

As the great thinker Kim Kardashian once said, "You must go through Kris Humphries to get to Kanye West." Who knew that Kris Humphries was code...

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