Mommyhood

Changes in the Ratterman House

Changes in the Ratterman House

Jack officially flew the coop a few weeks ago, moving into his dorm at Northwestern. The whole process has been a whirlwind, so much so that I haven’t had much time to stop and get sad about it. (Okay, maybe a little!) The truth is, while this is a new chapter for him, me and … Continued

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Surviving a Month of Travel

Surviving a Month of Travel

This summer has been a whirlwind of travel for my family–for work, for fun and for reconnecting. I’m amazed that we were able to keep it together and that everyone got to where they needed, when they needed to be there. Thank goodness for the TripIt app! To kick it all off, our family (including … Continued

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Senioritis Setting In

Senioritis Setting In

If you have a graduating senior this year like me, you know well about senioritis. Most graduating seniors have suffered from it for at least the last few months and us parents are suffering too! senioritis – noun – a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by … Continued

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How Empty Nesters Can Find Their Purpose

How Empty Nesters Can Find Their Purpose

If you’re in my age bracket (the over-45 crowd), you see the writing on the wall. Your kids are getting older and you know it’s only a matter of time before the kids leave the house. This is an exciting time because you’re not as tied to home as you used to be and often … Continued

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How to Raise Kids With Values

How to Raise Kids With Values

Raising kids is a full-time job. Often there are tears (both yours and your children’s). It’s expensive, stressful and sometimes thankless. But it’s also the most rewarding and important job in the world. And also one of the most difficult. Let’s get through this together! I have a friend whose child has been making poor … Continued

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I’m a Crazy Dog Lady

I’m a Crazy Dog Lady

We welcomed a fifth child into our home this year. She was wanted, by me, but Jeff was more or less pressured into it. The result? Chaos in the home and I’ve turned into Crazy Dog Lady. Yes, Ivy made her way into our home and (most of our) hearts this year, and I might … Continued

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Our Big Puppy Update

Our Big Puppy Update

It’s been a while since my last update on our puppy, Ivy, and since it’s never a dull moment I figured I should let her check in! First of all, I did not know I was signing up to have a crazy, four-legged toddler in the house. We love her dearly (and Jeff tolerates her) … Continued

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How to handle 4 kids in 4 different schools

How to handle 4 kids in 4 different schools

By now, kids across the country are back to school. My kids have been back for several weeks now, and it’s been interesting having four kids in four different schools. Of course, this was really my doing. When you spread out having kids across nine years, you really get what you get. No complaints here! … Continued