Jen

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Jen is a technology leader, a writer and a photographer. She's a mom to teenagers Elsa, Greta and Owen and to the best dog ever, a goldendoodle named Hurley. She and her husband, Todd, got married nearly nine years ago and the thing she’s most proud of in life is the blended family they’ve created together. They make humor and fun a priority in their household, as documented in Jen’s blog, everyday365. Jen's a huge fan of dinner dates and live music with her husband, red wine, and vacations with her family to warm weather destinations.

Holiday Traditions

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In Blended Family Basics, I wrote about some of the core values we follow to raise our three kids in a blended family environment. That approach works pretty well throughout the year, but the...

Planting the College Seed

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I know for many of you, it’s hard to even think about your kids going to kindergarten, let alone college. I can’t believe I’m already at that stage. It seems like just yesterday that...

Homework Advice

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Now that we’re a month into the school season, how’s the homework situation going in your house? That first week or two, it’s hard to tell, isn’t it? With new teachers, new subjects and...

Preparing Our Kids for the Future | STEM

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What are your hopes and dreams for your children as they grow older? I want my kids to be happy and healthy, to find love. I want them to be productive, good citizens of...

Perspectives: Going Back to Work

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Whether going back to work after a maternity leave, an extended stay-at-home time or, like me, a break between work assignments, there are things to be excited about and things to miss about being...

The Big Scary Yes: Sometimes Kids Know Best

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What do you do when your kid wants to get involved in an activity you're not familiar with?  Maybe it's even something that makes you nervous or causes you to freak out a little?...

Cabin Fever

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We marked the first official day of summer this past weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have cabin fever!  That phrase “cabin fever” usually refers to the cooped up feeling when you’ve...

Too Cool For Camp

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Spring activities are winding down and school’s almost out for the summer.  I love this time of year.  The sun is shining, the weather is warmer and our lives seem to slow down just...

Ode to the Family Dog

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Tail wagging when you walk through the door, always there to brighten your day and welcome you home.  A few licks and jumps and circles emphasize their excitement to see you.  No matter how...

So Many Choices

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It’s been almost 15 years since I’ve been mom to a baby.  It doesn’t seem like things would be that different these days, but I’m constantly amazed at all of the new challenges facing...

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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I’m forty-four years old and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.  There.  I said it.  Last October, I left behind a 20-year career at a large corporation...

So You Think You Can’t Blog?

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Since you're reading this post, it’s probably safe to say you’re a blog reader. But…have you ever thought about being a blog writer?  Maybe you have, but you've ignored that little voice in your...

Toddlers to Teens

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With three teenagers, my days of diapers, baby food, tantrums, and sleepless nights are long gone.  Actually, I take that back.  Tantrums and sleepless nights are still part of my life, albeit for different...

Blended Family Basics

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I’ve been part of a blended family for almost nine years.  What’s a blended family, you ask?  Remember that old TV series, The Brady Bunch?  It’s like that.  Divorced parents (usually both with kids)...