As a mother, I’ve found that you fall into one of two camps: You LOVE back to school season, or you HATE back to school season. I have my feet planted firmly in the latter group. Many moms will tell you that your feelings on school will shift as your children grow older. The stomach-sinking feeling of sending your kid off to kindergarten supposedly turns to feelings of freedom and joy as they move up in grade levels. I’ll believe it when I see it.
I typically try to steer clear of political conversation whenever possible. I have family members on both sides of the party lines. I tend to find myself living somewhere in the middle. But I cannot and will not allow myself to remain silent on the hatred that is plaguing our once-great nation. It’s not news by now that our country is in a state of chaos.
This post originally appeared on kinandkindling.com
I read these words one afternoon from The Magic of Motherhood, a beautiful book that I truly believe all mothers should read at least once. I was sitting around a campfire, Luke working his way through a crossword puzzle next to me, both kids napping peacefully in their camper bunks. As soon as I finished the chapter, I bookmarked it immediately – knowing these paragraphs were some that I would want to revisit.
While we like to keep things non-pitchey around here, sometimes opportunities arise that seem fitting to share. This is one of those times. I was recently approached by Seen Enough Tobacco / TobaccoFreeNYS.org to highlight a growing concern in New York regarding tobacco use and marketing, and while I originally intended to decline, after reading through the information, I felt compelled to share the facts.