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The Working Mom - Good Mom Gone Bad


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Just like a good investigative TV show or gossip column would start their juicy story, I have to ask: “When did it all start going wrong?” Where did this mom go bad? Well, it all started as I took a reflection on my history of mothering and decided I had to have messed up somewhere because my kid dislikes vegetables and barely acknowledges fruit. This article starts where my one from a few years ago left off.

Remember…the one where I wished my son’s feet would stop growing so our shoe budget was not more than our mortgage payment? Bad mom! I can guess that the most recent parent magazine might score me low on the super mom ranking scale when they find out I have dust bunnies in most corners of the room. And, because of that and because my mirrors need cleaning, my home catalog parties are always scheduled after 6:30 p.m. so I can dim the lights (and you thought it was because Saturday mornings are too busy…ha! Fooled you my friends!).

My next confession is that my refrigerator has something growing in it, my kitchen floors need washing, and there are fingerprints on my glass doors from two weeks ago when the neighbor kids came over for treats and then more came by selling food for their school fundraiser. And ladies, I did not buy fruit or vegetables. Nope…the purchase was microwavable pizzas for a quick meal for my guys when I am in night class. So there, the truth has been told and the secrets are out.

So why am I sharing my dirty (literally) secrets? Well, when I ran into a friend of mine who was with her four kids doing some school shopping and she commented that my house is always so clean, I had to tell that my “surface clean” was deceiving. After all, it wasn’t fair to her to put up a charade. She needed to know the truth--- the truth is that all moms struggle with what they SHOULD be doing and what they love to do and, hence, the dirty house. We moms would love a sparkly clean home like in the unrealistic Windex advertisement. But, given the choice of a day of cleaning or closing our eyes and pretending it doesn’t exist so we can take our kids out for a fun activity, the activity wins out every time.

I started this article over five years ago as a tribute to the working mom (at home or out of the home) and hope that it always rings true to those readers who are coping with the busy days at work and short nights with their kids. We need to cut ourselves some slack and le .....
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pou ..... 
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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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Prairie Strips Offer Glimmer of Hope

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
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Water pollution from agriculture is all over the news these days. A half million people had their water turned off in Toledo, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie due to toxic water from algae blooms, largely caused by nutrients from fertilizers and man ..... 
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Real Bites: The Sweaty Gypsy of Peterson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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Have you ever heard of a sweaty gypsy? Me neither. Not until I visited Burdeys Cafe in Peterson, Minn. As I scanned the menu, I arrived at a section titled “Fancy Pants Gourmet Burgers,” and the first one on the list was The Sweaty Gypsy. ..... 
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Mint Julep

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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“Build it and they will come” is an old saying. I say build a fence and people will wonder what is behind it just like in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy wondered what was behind the curtain during an audience with the great wizard. My hu ..... 
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Honey Raspberry Iced Tea

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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How’s your garden doing? ... A common greeting this time of the year. Up until a few weeks ago, our answer was “good”. Then one morning we came out to some beet foliage mowed to the ground and parts of the beautiful row of peas torn down…(p ..... 
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Grand View Grows From Land

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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John Weiss, Senior Staff Writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, had been nudging me for several months to talk about my consulting work. We finally caught up with each other in my garden during asparagus season, and he wrote this article for his we ..... 
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Coconut Cookies

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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July 14, 1914 - What is so significant about that date? Well, it is my mother’s birthday. She would be 100 this year and I wish she were here to celebrate with, but in reality I know that can’t be. We all have wonderful memories about our moms, ..... 
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