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Where Are We Gonna Put All These Kids?!

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On my morning walks on the hills around my neighborhood in Sparks, I’ve lately been disgusted by an increasingly familiar sight. New houses. There’s nothing particularly disgusting about houses, per se. And while I consider myself pro-environment, I’m honestly not thinking to myself, “Oh, isn’t that awful, all that unspoiled …

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“Stop Being So Sensitive!”

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Pretty much since her birth, my daughter has been what we’ve called “extra sensitive.” She’s always hated loud noises or busy places. On her first birthday, when the cat accidentally sneaked out of the house, my raised voice of frustration spooked her so badly that my mom had to take …

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Why I Will Not Use Writing as a Punishment

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As I watched my daughter in her tumbling class a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation —because it was happening right next to me—between the mom sitting beside me and another mother. They were bemoaning the obstinate attitudes of their preteen girls, swapping ideas about …

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