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Top Ten Reasons to Be Thankful for Living in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article

In the bubble: Living in the 'burbs is a blessing. My uncle is moving his family from New Orleans to the DC area. He chose Crystal City as their future home, ignoring places further west because he considered them "too far from the action" of DC. I laughed at his common mistake. Loudoun County is … Continue reading Top Ten Reasons to Be Thankful for Living in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article

No Photos, Please!: Ashburn Patch Article

Parents need to be cautious when putting photos of their children on the Internet. Ashburn is a wonderfully family-friendly town. During the five years I lived on a cul-de-sac in Broadlands, our little population tripled due to the women giving birth multiple times. One of my neighbors posted a huge stork sign out front announcing … Continue reading No Photos, Please!: Ashburn Patch Article

Too Busy for Politics: Ashburn Patch Article

Is being a parent a good excuse for being clueless about politics? Two days ago, my husband asked if I thought the sexual harassment accusations against Herman Cain have ended his campaign. I gave him a blank stare. "Oh, you haven't seen the news in a while?" he asked. "Women are accusing Herman Cain of … Continue reading Too Busy for Politics: 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

Life After the Second Child: Chaotic, Joyous: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother with a new baby discovers how the human race has survived. Upon hearing tales of other second-time mothers giving birth in record speed, we had two different groups of friends and family standing by waiting for The Call. We welcomed my son into the world after four days of pre-labor, 18 hours of … Continue reading Life After the Second Child: Chaotic, Joyous: Ashburn Patch Article

Learning to Accept Help: Ashburn Patch Article

A little assistance from friends and family likely deserves a thank you, not a tantrum. “No, I’ll do it!” my son yells for the umpteenth time. We’re getting dressed for daycare. He has put on his socks, his underwear and his pants. Now, he’s having trouble with his shirt. I want to help him find … Continue reading Learning to Accept Help: Ashburn Patch Article