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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

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

Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Should parents abandon their own common sense in the hope their kids will be “normal?" We have a bit of information overload when it comes to parenting. From email updates to online communities to family and friends to support groups, everyone has something to say about how you raise your kids. And, usually, the advice … Continue reading Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

What do you do when someone else's kid is misbehaving? My friend, Vickie, will no longer take her son to a certain park in Ashburn. It's not because of broken equipment, shoddy upkeep or those dang teenagers. She is afraid of a 5-year-old who lives in the house nearby. Every time she brings her son … Continue reading Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article

The launch of NASA’s last space shuttle encourages a mom to find more screen-free activities. NASA launched its final space shuttle, Atlantis, into space on Friday. It’s the end of an era. No more American-led space trips, at least for now. Space exploration is a fossilized notion. And, worst of all, I will never be … Continue reading At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article

Between Work and Life, There Is No Balance: Ashburn Patch Article

A working mother struggles to devote enough time to her family and career. “Work-life balance” has become a catch phrase that sells millions of dollars worth of books, seminars and even therapy. We are trying to figure out how to get it all done. I’m taking six months of maternity leave with my son when … Continue reading Between Work and Life, There Is No Balance: Ashburn Patch Article

Living in Loudoun’s Bubble: Ashburn Patch Article

Do kids need to live in urban areas to understand “real” life? I recently went on a girls’ weekend with friends from college. One is now a single lawyer living near the U-Street corridor in Washington, DC. Though her neighborhood is one of those deemed “hip” and “up-and-coming” by real estate agents and yuppies, last … Continue reading Living in Loudoun’s Bubble: Ashburn Patch Article