Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

Don’t let Mother’s Day be the only time you take care of yourself. Mother’s Day was awesome. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast. I asked my husband for help when I got tired. I took an hour to myself to read a trashy novel. I scheduled a massage. I went to … Continue reading Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

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Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article

Lyme prevention is a must this season, especially for residents of Loudoun County. The weather has been nuts lately. Thermostats hit 90 degrees back in March. Yet it's almost May now and we're dealing with chilly, windy days. The one constant is that ticks are out full force. Unfortunately we're sitting in the hotbed of … Continue reading Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article

Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article

A pro-choice, pro-family mom speaks against Virginia's amendment requiring ultrasounds for abortions. I thought about writing something noncontroversial for this month's column—perhaps 99 ways to soothe a fussy baby (I wish I knew!) or Ashburn's unknown toddler artists. But last month, I got angry comments after giving tips for having fun on a day off. … Continue reading Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article

Babysit Your Own Kids: Ashburn Patch Article

Pretend you're the babysitter to have a fun, stress-free day off with your own kids. It's the season of useless holidays and snow days (if we ever get a real winter). This used to mean relaxation and down time for me. Since the birth of my son, it means preschool closure and ramped up responsibility. … Continue reading Babysit Your Own Kids: Ashburn Patch Article

Childcare Options in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article

There are plenty of choices for childcare for working parents. My son is 3 months old. He can hold his head up, uncurl his fists, reach for objects, laugh, recognize loved ones and roll onto his tummy. He cannot sit up, eat solid food, roll from his tummy to his back or tell me if … Continue reading Childcare Options in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article

A Pointless Display: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother writes an open letter to the builder of the skeleton Santa. I, too, have a problem with how the holiday season has turned into a materialistic, commercial orgy of greed. In my humble opinion, this time of year should be about whatever religious holiday people celebrate, not about rushing through malls to snatch … Continue reading A Pointless Display: Ashburn Patch Article

The Santa Claus Lie: Ashburn Patch Article

Why does society condone lying to the kids? My son turns 3 years old this year. He now fully understands everything we say. When strangers ask him if he'll be a good boy for Santa, he remembers. He's got to be wondering who this Santa person is. And I don't want to lie to him. … Continue reading The Santa Claus Lie: Ashburn Patch Article

Discipline During Life’s Struggles: Ashburn Patch Article

A mom stays firm on rules through the tough times. My 2-year-old son went to daycare on Monday toting his shark costume for their Halloween parade. He came home in a Tigger outfit. Apparently, he wanted to be a horse instead of a shark and threw a major tantrum. (I have no idea why Tigger … Continue reading Discipline During Life’s Struggles: Ashburn Patch Article