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Summer school

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Making a better life for me and my son

When I graduated two years ago from a community college with my associate’s degree in journalism, my son was there. He even wore my graduate medal. I cannot wait for him to see me graduate from CSUN with my bachelor’s degree. Graduating from junior college was special, especially since I graduated high school in June […]

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Meatless Mondays

This past May the Pub Sports Grill announced it was hosting Meatless Monday, a day designated to an entirely meatless menu.  I passed by, saw the signs, and being the carnivore that I am, thought — Hmmm, interesting. Turns out this Meatless Monday thing is part of a bigger trend, not about vegetarianism per say, […]

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Leading by example

It’s a hard job being a college parent. I made the choice to go back to school in January 2006. By then my son was 4 years old and a few months away from starting kindergarten. He knew his mommy went to school and his teachers would often tell me he would say to them […]

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Parenting a child with disabilities

A parent’s worst fears is to have a child who is faced with a disability. Growing up, my family and I had an extensive experience with raising a child with a disability. My younger brother was born with total anomalous pulmonary venus return, a condition that occurs when none of the four veins that take […]

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Sleep to save electricity and yourself

We could be saving energy everyday by going to sleep an hour earlier or more than our usual sleep time. The idea of wasting less energy by turning lights off for an hour on Earth Day started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when over 2 million homes and businesses turned off the switch. There are […]

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Mommy, make me feel better!

He woke up in the middle of night, sweaty and hot to the touch. The instincts kicked in and in no time, his temperature had been taken, the Motrin had been administered and my baby was back to his dreams. My baby being sick is not fun especially when he can only tell me he […]

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Making time for a home cooked meal

As a single college parent, I am working on balancing and sometimes compromising the value of home cooked meals with homework for both my son and I. Dinnertime has been a struggle during my school years. Most days, I get home a few hours before I have to pick up my son and try to […]

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Parenting in a technological age

As a late 80’s baby, I can say that since the age of 10 we had a computer in our home. Surely we had televisions in every room and as the world of technology evolved around us, our participation in it did as well. But even in my 20-some-odd years on this earth, life as […]

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Banning plastic bags to preserve the environment

The California State Assembly passed the ban on single-use plastic bags (AB 1998) on June 2. Hilex Poly, LLC, a manufacturer of plastic bags, has suggested that cutting plastic bags will cut jobs. Their defense, like others oppose to the ban, is that the ban is not doing much to conserve the environment. Plastic bags […]

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On a path to accomplishment

It seems like just yesterday, I was in labor getting ready to meet my little boy for the first time. My thoughts were racing as I was about to experience something so amazing and life changing. There was no turning back — I was becoming a member of the Mommy Club. With so many thoughts […]

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A lesson in learning to let go

Over the past weekend, my 7 year-old son learned how to ride his bike without training wheels. I did it mommy, he said. He rode his bike down the sidewalk and around the curve without the aid of my maternal arms holding the handlebars or his shirt.  With tears in my eyes I began to […]

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