Right now, my daughter should be in PE class, maybe counting down the last 45 minutes before the final bell rings, releasing her of all academic responsibility until Monday morning.
Instead, she’s on the couch. “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” reruns are cycling on the TV, but her eyes are unfocused. Her cheeks are fever-flushed, and her head hangs over a basin that’s been prepared for the next inevitable round of vomit.
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I know, in this moment, you believe it and yo...
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She’s six. Her question was not meant to burden me, nor should it. It was no reason for either of us to be embarrassed. This wasn’t a sordid affair or...
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Before You Call the Midwife
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It’s almost impossible to have a conversation about San Diego without talking about the San Diego Zoo—the city and its most famous attraction are pretty much synonymous with one another. With its remarkable feats in wildlife conservation and expansive range of species, it’s easy to see how this wondrous place became a household name. Whether you're a local or vacationing in San Diego, here’s everything your family needs to know before your next visit to the zoo.
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Dads Don’t Babysit, They Parent
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I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard a dad tell someone he was babysitting his own kid . “On Saturday I was babysitting Sally and Dick so my wife had time to actually take a shower this week.” Or heard someone else refer to a father caring for his own child as the babysitter.