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Laurie Nigro: Backyard blackberry brambles and mugwort: fun in the garden (not)

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Wrestling with thorny berry brambles and mugwort in the garden is not Laurie's idea of fun.

Laurie Nigro: In June, there’s no rest for the weary

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The end-of-the-school-year overscheduled-to-the-max month is exhausting.

Laurie Nigro: A lot of Fun Dad tempered by just enough Hardcore Dad makes the best dad of all

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Good dads figure out what their kids need them to be, and they become that guy, even if it means missing playoff football to take their princess to the ballet.

Laurie Nigro: I’ve checked yes on every box of the ‘Are you a crazy animal lady?’ questionnaire

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Becoming a crazy animal lady just snuck up on me – I should have seen the signs.

Laurie Nigro: Summer showdown: Bugs 1, Me 0

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There's no possible positive outcome to sharing your shower with a spider.

Laurie Nigro: Calm in the face of ‘calamity’? Not!

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Life throws unexpected circumstances our way. Even in the kitchen. It's how we respond to them that matters.

Laurie Nigro: Driving yourself crazy — it’s not for every mom

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Shuttling kids from activity to activity sometimes feels like you're spending more time behind the wheel than a cross-country trucker.

Laurie Nigro Man-stink: the struggle is real

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Man-stink clearly spans generations, race, and class, leaving no one safe. Cornering the market on Febreeze wouldn't make a dent.

Why even bullies, curmudgeons and otherwise crotchety jerks deserve our best behavior

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Coping strategies for dealing with Kings and Queens of Nastiness.

A mom’s guide to separation anxiety

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The five stages of letting my child go away. Far away. Like, multiple states away. Where I can't be there to console, rescue, and/or feed him in a reasonable amount of time.