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I was caught off guard when my son directed one of his many specific and well-thought-out questions towards the idea of Santa. I suddenly realized that this might be it. The make-or-break year. The "either decide to go all in or decide to tell the truth" year. The "either way, I'll probably feel like I'm doing the wrong thing" year. Because here's the thing: when you have an analytical child, you can't just casually do Santa.
Hurry. That's it, that's the word that I can't say. This is the most counterproductive word in my house.
Before my son, I spent over eight years as a full-time nanny and two years as a behavioral therapist. I have always loved research and gathering information, and I think that quest for knowledge has naturally made its way into my parenting style.
After a rough, rough, rough weekend of temper tantrums, crying, and exhaustion all around,  I decided to seek ways to bring my daily meditation and relaxation techniques to my child. 
Yes, they fight, but I know that we will look back on this season (however long it lasts) with fondness and know that it strengthened their relationships with each other.

30 Going On 13

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How do I receive directive and caring words from my parents without shutting down? And how do I be confident and dependable for my son at the same time?
We won’t be able to get anywhere if we aren’t taking the time to keep our relationship full and happy.
Life isn’t black and white, and neither is one’s relationship with alcohol. There’s a grey area, and that’s where I’m at.
I understand how difficult it is to fight for your child to be "normal". Keep communicating, keep advocating, and keep empowering your kids. That is the only way that change will happen.

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Rochester MN is Finally Getting a Splash Pad

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A splash pad is the #1 requested amenity amongst Rochester, MN families. And we're finally getting one.