Author Archive | Sarah Jedd

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Use Your Smart Phone to Fight Mom Brain

Exactly 24 hours before my kindergartener’s birthday party, the doorbell rang. I opened the door in the super-glam outfit I wear to bleach my bathrooms to find a mom and her little girl on the front porch holding a present. “Is this Cooper’s house?” the mom asked, giving my ratty clothes and the barking dog […]

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Why You Should Keep Score to Save Your Marriage

Experts agree that kids are tough on marriages. I mean DUH. Kids are tough on anything—walls, furniture, hardwood floors, the knees of nice pants. It makes sense that marriage would also be trampled by what my friend calls these little “ids in cool sneakers.” My husband and I keep track of who does what when, […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex. To Our Kids. Yikes.

My mom was a 1970s feminist, the kind college students of today read about in gender and women’s studies classes. She protested the Vietnam War. She moved to San Francisco to use her social work degree talking people down from bad acid trips. She did not burn her bra because that’s a myth, but she […]

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Those Milestones No One Tells You About

My husband took the above picture of my four-year-old daughter and me on the water slide Memorial Day Weekend. I thought it was a great action shot and loved how happy I looked even though it was barely 70-degrees outside. I mean, the pool is heated, but man was it windy. Waiting, wet and dripping, […]

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To the Baby I Never Got to Celebrate

  In my thirties, I resolved to be a better hostess, so I started having more parties. This was hard for me because I generally don’t like messes and am not a naturally welcoming person. Like, someone comes to my house, and my first inclination is to block the entrance with my body and chat […]

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To the Moms Freaking Out About Preschool Enrollment

It’s preschool application season, and we all know what that means. Countless tours of adorable buildings with tiny bathrooms. Endless scrutinizing of daily schedules printed on girds and the corresponding tuition sheet that goes with them. A million Google searches of key terms like Play-based,” “Reggio Emilia,” and “Montessori.” And, mostly, STRESS. When my oldest […]

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2017 Parenting Resolutions

Stop yelling at my kids: LOL j/k j/k j/k j/k. If I don’t yell at them HOW WILL THEY KNOW WHEN I’M UNHAPPY? Seriously, though, I try not to make resolutions that I know I won’t keep, so let’s say only yell at my kids when I am really, really mad.   Try not to […]

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Toofy, the Elf on the Shelf who Celebrates Hanukkah

How does a nice Jewish girl from Illinois find herself nearly buried under an avalanche of plastic tubs stuffed with Christmas ornaments searching in vain for a rogue Elf on the Shelf in a cold Wisconsin basement? I asked myself this very question after Thanksgiving when we walked through our door weary with holiday travel and […]

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