Category Archives: Babies

The Unexpected Pleasures of Parenting

One of life’s great pleasures is having our expectations exceeded. And of all the unexpected pleasures life gives us, perhaps none is greater than becoming a parent. For no matter how much we know we will love our children, the … Continue reading

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I Will Be There for You Again

I get that you think that you never want to have kids.  I get that they look like a lot of hard work, and you don’t really like small children.  I know that you cannot even imagine being a father. … Continue reading

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My New Glasses

In order to look back over the years raising young children, all parents are issued a pair of rose colored glasses.  You will get a pair as soon a your kids leave home! My boys had temper tantrums, they threw … Continue reading

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Former CEO of Product (RED) on Getting Off and On the Career Track

Susan Smith Ellis writes for Grown and Flown readers about the challenges of going back to work after stepping off the career track to be at home with her children. Eighteen years ago, after a successful career in advertising, I … Continue reading

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Lessons at the Knee of the Master

The first time I left my eldest child was to go to a wedding, overnight. The celebration was obligatory and I was a wreck. I was worried beyond all reason that something would happen to my thirteen-month-old baby and truly … Continue reading

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Selling the Nest

I’m not big on change.   Growing up in Brooklyn, I lived in the same house until I left for college.  This was long before it was cool to live in Brooklyn, and I never looked back. When I graduated from … Continue reading

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Laughing Baby

A new Rear View Mirror series post. A colleague forwarded a YouTube video today that shows a baby gurgling with laughter as his father tears a sheet of paper in front of him. Every tear – the sound of it, … Continue reading

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