Hope

Oh yes! There will be tomatoes, dammit!

My brother and I grew up in a 5 room house that was roughly 950 square feet, surrounded by steel mills and iron factories, and a mind-bogglingly complicated network of railroad tracks running along a port built to accommodate large tankers sailing their way through to New York City. Sitting on my parents' patio, flanked by rose bushes and arbors shaded by nearly every flowering and fruiting tree you can imagine, you'd believe yourself to be somewhere completely different. My father was a landscaper throughout our elementary school years and he'd often times bring home truckloads of stuff -- trees... Read more →

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My kid friended ME on Facebook, now what?!?!

Raising 3 teens, and a kid who's turning 21 in a couple of months (no she isn't, I'm still in denial!), our parenting philosophy has changed quite a bit over the years, because: what worked with 1 kid isn't necessarily gonna fly with another, all 4 of ours have their own way of ignoring us, dammit. There is one rule, however, that has remained tried and true: we made our kids "friend" us on Facebook. Why? Because, their world was growing bigger, while our collective parenting street cred has decreased exponentially, it's the internet. Also, we made our oldest kids... Read more →

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Tips and Tricks To Make Life Easier For You and Your Teen: a guest post by my almost-13yo.

I've been busily training for a couple of new jobs (a much needed and very appreciated couple of new jobs!) so my youngest daughter was kind enough to offer her services and guest blog for me, this week. Aaaaand, since I've already failed (miserably!) at posting every day for #NaBloPoMo, I took the kid up on her offer and told her to have at it :) So, she came up with this, unedited and totally in her words: Hey hi hey…most of you know me as the youngest person in the thisfullhouse family. If you don’t know me then I’m... Read more →

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How NOT TO take videos of your kid.

Because if you happen to have a middle-schooler in your house, who also happens to be a member of the middle school's chorus, then you may or may not appreciate the town's Christmas tree lighting ceremony as a REALLY BIG DEAL. A really bad picture of our youngest daughter singing at our town's Christmas tree lighting ceremony, last night -- at least, I think that it is her -- but wait, it gets worse! Our youngest daughter has been looking forward to it for many reasons... WARNING: this is where, if you are a parent of a non-grader (i.e. pre-schooler... Read more →

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The year we gave thanks for popsicle sticks.

As a mom of 2 teens, 1 almost-teen (she’s 12, same thing) and a college-aged child (YIKES!) I feel it safe to say that the transition from summer to the start of a new school year is NEVER an easy one. Which is why I would allow my kids the chance to decompress on the playground, even if only for a few minutes, every day afterschool. It also gave me the chance to stop, enjoy some fresh air and help us each get into the swing of their new schedules, which usually happened around November, just in time for Thanksgiving... Read more →

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If I have to eat my words, let it be "dessert"!

I'm guessing it isn't a morning bird. We're on the downside of a Nor'easter that came knocking on our house in the middle of the night (because, of course!) and, with a full plate of stuff that needs to get done before the kids get home from school (it's a half-day, enough said!) I am super-thankful to be awake, with electricity and everything. It's still raining cats and dogs and a couple of squirrels (seriously, I think it's their mating season, or something) so my husband, Garth (not his real name) is all, like, "You're driving Hope to the bus... Read more →

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