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Amanda Hauser


The Strange Case of Dr. Dynamical and Mrs. Run-and-Hide

Good old Robert Louis Stevenson was on to something… there is a duality in us; well, there’s one in me, anyhow. My motivation is strangely complex these days, and I’m wrestling with it. I...

Tooth Fairy Follies: First Aid For Forgetful Mothers…Like Me!

It’s 6:00 AM, and I haven’t even hit my first coffee reheat when tiny sniffles precede footsteps tip-tapping down the stairs. “Hmmm… She’s up early today. Maybe a bad dream?” I set my coffee...

So, You’re Redshirting Your Kindergartener?

The school year is just around the corner and I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce our family. Meet Us: Mr. and Mrs. Unpopluar, Mr. and Mrs. Unconventional, Mr. and Mrs....

A Mother’s Day… Off: Five Steps For Getting What You Really Need

Ok, I admit it; I’m the Clark Griswold of just about every holiday. Yes, Ellen, I set standards that no family activity can live up to. And… Mother’s Day is no exception, but probably...

Darn You, MaryLou: The Disenchantment of a Gymnastics Mom

In 1984, there was nothing I wanted more than that iconic American flag leotard of Mary Lou Retton… that and a dose of accompanying talent. I yearned to float through the air in powerful...

Six No-Recipe Ways to Show Your Love

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for all holidays. Not that I need permission to geek out on a cleverly-thematic gift basket, but there’s something about a designated day that gives me the...
embracing failure as a parent

The F Word: Embracing Failure as a Parent

There are few things that make a mother cringe more than the dreaded “F-word.” We pray we never hear it, and God-willing we never witness it. But, contrary to popular parenting belief, your child...

Say Hello to My Little Friend (An Elf Friend, That Is!)

Let’s face it; 2020 has not entirely been our friend. It has been one of those junior high stab-you-in-the-back and pass-notes-about-you-in-homeroom type “friends.” No thank you. Been there. Still in therapy for that. But...
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