Katie Noguchi

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Resisting the Siren Call of the Suburbs

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Not long after Ken and I got married, we made a list of our values. We wanted to set a foundation for making decisions that we could refer to when choosing becomes difficult. We have consulted...
Thanks mom for making the hard choices

Thanks, Mom, For Making the Hard Choices

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Nearly two and a half years into this parenting gig and I continue to gain more and more respect for my parents. In particular, my mom. We, as parents, want good things for our...
My Frenemy, the Internet

My Frenemy, the Internet

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Recently, I have been part of a discussion about potentially quitting the internet for a period to make better use of time and connect with real live people. It feels like a crazy sounding...
BEGIN WITH BOOKS: Our Local Literacy Heroes

BEGIN WITH BOOKS: Our Local Literacy Heroes

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On this day, Read Across America Day, we usually celebrate authors like Dr. Seuss (whose birthday was the choice for the annual reading celebration). Today, however, I would like to celebrate a different type of...
When the Wheels Come Down: How My Stroller Has Made Me More Aware Of People With Disabilities

How My Stroller Has Made Me More Aware Of People With Disabilities

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Prior to gaining my Stay-At-Home-Mom status, I worked in the school system for a few years as a one-on-one assistant to two different children in exceptional education classrooms. Both children used wheelchairs. It was the...
why i cringe when you call my daughter cute

Why I Cringe When You Call My Daughter Cute

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My daughter is cute. She has olive skin, big dark eyes, thick auburn hair, delicate features and an infectious smile. I am constantly being told how cute, adorable or beautiful she is. Of course,...

How Low Expectations Save Me Stress During The Holidays

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My husband has a philosophy of low expectations. For him, it is a defense mechanism. When he is disappointed it's as if the entire world has crashed down. So, in order to prevent this...
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What Not To Say To A Parent Of Asian Children

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Have you seen the open letter in the New York Times written to a woman who told the author (a New Yorker) and his family to "go back to China"? I've been thinking about...