Allergy Mom

Name: Amy Schwabe
Kids: Two girls, Alex (10) and Wendy (6)
Works: stay-at-home mom, blogger, freelance writer
Favorite part about being a mom: watching my girls develop personalities and habits that are a lot like those of my husband's and mine, but also uniquely their own
Least favorite part about being a mom: trying to find balance -- in everything -- the line between being too overprotective vs. too free-range; the line between overscheduling so we don't miss anything we want to do and being more spontaneous so we can enjoy just a few of the things we want to do; the line between sheltering the kids so they don't make any mistakes and being so hands-off that they make too many mistakes
Famous for: having so many books that guests are free to use my home as a lending library (although my younger daughter says I'm famous for cleaning the house)

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Celebrating the Fourth of July

 My mom and I were talking over the weekend, and we agreed that one of our favorite things about the Fourth of July is what a laidback holiday it is.  There's no rushing around for months ahead of time to do a ton of shopping, there's no need to prepare a lot of difficult or time-consuming dishes, and we don't really have to worry about coordinating everyone's schedules to make sure we fit everything in.

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Celebrating Summer

 So this weekend is the 4th of July, the quintessential summer celebration.

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I'm the cool mom.

 I know I'm not supposed to want to be the cool mom.  It's more important for me to be a parent to my daughters than a friend.

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Learning to accept kindness from others

 My daughters and my nephew are in Vacation Bible School this week at our parish.  They love spending this week together every summer, and they always get so much out of it too.

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Plans for a smooth sailing summer

 Summer is obviously totally awesome.  And there's nothing better than vacation.  But, as parents, we all know that we still have to get stuff done, and getting out of the school-year routine makes that difficult, and can make our kids out of sorts too.

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