Kathy Kaufield
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Kathy Kaufield is a writer, communications consultant and mother of two young girls. She’s a former political reporter, columnist and news editor who now writes about the ups and downs of parenting instead of politics. She’s discovered her guilt-easing mantra “Well, at least I don’t smoke crack” makes her feel better about a multitude of parental transgressions. You can read her regular parenting column at www.welcometobrunch.com. Follow her on Twitter @kaufield.

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Easter Isn't Christmas - Slow Down With the Gifts

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:54 AM

So, this is what my seven-year-old asked the Easter Bunny to bring her this weekend: Julie Albright, a $110 US "historical 1970s" doll from American Girl.

Cue a small explosion in my brain.

"The Easter Bunny does not have a workshop with elves who make toys. The Easter Bunny...

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I Want To Watch Olaf the Snowman Melt and Die

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 1:08 PM

The last straw came with this announcement from my seven-year-old daughter: "Uh, Mom, my jacket is ripped again."

"Noooo!" I moaned. "Please, not the winter jacket!"

"My jacket is way too small," chirped her older sister.

"Your jacket is just fine," I told her.

Then I took a good...

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Will My Kids Remember Me at My Best or My Worst?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:38 PM

It was not my best moment.

When my daughters began loudly squealing and crying while the Hubster was on a conference call, I erupted into a "wag and shout" -- wagging my finger in their faces while shouting at them. Well, except since the Hubster was on the phone, I...

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My Daugther's Math Homework Proves I'm Not Smarter Than a 5th Grader

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The day I've dreaded has arrived.

My 10-year-old daughter brought math questions home from school that I struggled to answer. I drew a complete blank on how to calculate the perimeter of a rectangle. Yep, I can now conclusively answer the question, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"

No....

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Moms, You Don't Need an Excuse to Make Time for Friends

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:01 PM

We were a pretty sad looking bunch when we first sat down on the hard benches in the school gym. There we sat, three tired moms in a row, all of us sporting the telltale signs of battling our way through cold and flu season -- dark circles under our...

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The Most Romantic V-Day Gift? A Clean House

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:07 PM

I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight that greeted me in our living room recently.
While I took our daughter to gymnastics, The Hubster surprised me by taking down the Christmas tree, packing away all the decorations (even carefully boxing up our miniature Christmas village!) and....wait...

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Proud Parenting Moment: The F Word

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Here's something you don't want to hear from another mother: "Hey, your daughter taught my son how to say the F-word."

Yep. There it is. A proud parenting moment indeed.

"Did you know you're not supposed to say the word 'duck' with an 'F'?" says my seven-year-old daughter chattily to...

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