How to Opt Out of the NY State Tests if You Live in NYC

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My 9 year old son is supposed to to take the NY State ELA and Math Tests this upcoming week at his NYC public school. But we’ve decided that we’re opting out.

We just made this decision the other night and it was not an easy one. We don’t feel that it’s right for our child and […]

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Spring Renewal & Gratitude

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Spring got off to a rocky start with the snow in NYC and then I got some bad news yesterday morning that an old friend passed away from cancer. She had fought bravely for over 9 years and leaves behind 3 children.  While I had been frantically wishing and hoping that a certain pixie dusted invite […]

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Happy Birthday To The First Boy to Call Me Mom

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Dear B,
You turned 9 today and we are so proud of you.  I’ll totally admit I get a little weepy whenever one of my three babies celebrates a birthday. But turning 9 is huge. You’ve made such strides this past year, from your behavior at home getting better to how you act in school. When you want to […]

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We take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge… #ALSIceBucketChallenge

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So, my darling friend Julia Beck of Forty Weeks challenged me to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and my husband was challenged by his older brother, Seth.

See what happens…
 

We will be donating anyway — we take philanthropy very seriously and try to donate anyway when we can.. We will be donating $100 to ALS – specifically […]

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Why Robin Williams’ Death is Hitting Close to Home For Me

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My father texted me about Robin Williams around 7 pm last night, as I got home from my new job. I actually thought it was a hoax at first. Several google searches later, I realized it wasn’t. Since I’m in my early 40’s, he’s really someone we grew up watching. I even met him on […]

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This is Four! My Baby Boy Has a Birthday

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My youngest child, Skylar, turns four today. I’m a little weepy over it — because he’s my baby (and last child). He’s come a long way in the past year.

The night before he turned four.

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Skylar’s gone from barely speaking a few words when he started school last July to conversations now. He actually loves to […]

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Wordful Wednesday: Big Boy, Big Changes

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By Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor

 
While I love to participate in Wordless Wednesday, I’m going to put some words in. This is about my youngest child. He has come so far, especially since last July, when he started at his special ed preschool.
While he still has a speech delay and some other issues, he’s improving. We […]

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Transitioning My Toddler into a Big Boy Bed (+ Tips on Surviving the Process)

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By Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor — 
We hit another milestone with my youngest child, we took the side off his crib, making it a bed. My toddler is 3 1/2, so we felt it was time.. My toddler disagreed, but he’s been hesitant to do a lot of things (potty training has NOT been easy). He […]

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