The email subject line read: Career Day Speakers Wanted.  And that's where I normally would bow out of reading the rest of the email, and move back to folding the last little bit of the mountain of clothes I just...
Aaaaarrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhh!!! Flipping flickers! I called them woodpeckers until my husband corrected me. He took a semester of ornithology in college, so I’ll defer to him on this one. The difference, as far as I am concerned? Flickers essentially are GIANT woodpeckers. And they...
Hello fellow COS mamas! I’m Paras Askari Longanecker, a mother of two wild young boys, wife to an adventurous guy, and practicing pediatrician learning to navigate the challenging yet rewarding world of being a working mom. Since moving to...
I hate cleaning my kids’ rooms.  The act seems so incredibly redundant that it is beyond off-putting for me. And, much like we see in Toy Story 4, they attach emotionally to some of the weirdest stuff. This is not...
Lately, I have been stuck in a prison of my own creation. For the past two months, I have been so overwhelmed by life that it has been difficult to stop my mind from racing. I tend to do...
You’re a mom, and maybe you thought that being a mom was all about children. Well, it’s not. It’s about science. It’s about finding, reading, interpreting, and then sharing the original scientific research about today’s particular motherly concern and...
Picture this with me: it's 10:00 a.m. Your children (and consequently, you) have been awake since six. You've already had breakfast, then they played quietly (or at least cooperatively) with trains and other various objects which now litter the floor....
There it was, my perfectly white devotional book laying there on the coffee table, except it wasn’t only white anymore. Beside the initials of the book title there were now red pen marks that resembled a rough drawing of...
The age-old struggle of (most) every parent. You would think that getting a child to consume the materials required to sustain their life would not quite be the struggle that it is. But the struggle is real, friends. If you have...
Last weekend, my son competed in a jiu-jitsu competition. Jiu-jitsu is a ground-based martial art that focuses on grappling and the use of leverage, pressure, and other tactics in the pursuit of a submission of your opponent. This is...

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