Marriage: A Delicate Balancing Act

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By: Sheana Ochoa   Marriage. I don’t know where to begin. Years ago after attending a friend’s wedding I wrote an essay on the origin of marriage and the subjugation of women. I didn’t think I’d ever get married. In my culture even the language reflects a misogynistic attitude toward the institution. Esposa is wife. […]

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Noah’s Art

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By Sheana Ochoa There have been studies indicating that kids that go to preschool are more successful fiscally and emotionally as adults.  I can see the benefits of preschool in terms of socialization as well as keeping my son physically and mentally occupied, but, what I didn’t expect was Noah’s interest (at not quite three-and-half-years […]

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Santa: To Believe or Not To Believe

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By: Sheana Ochoa “Where’s Christmas?” my three-year-old keeps asking.  Since Thanksgiving ended, he sees signs of it everywhere.  There’s another house with its lights up and more tree-lit avenues with elaborate wreaths or even Santa and the reindeer soaring across the intersection.  “Look at the one in the front with the red nose,” I point […]

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Preschool: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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By: Sheana Ochoa My son started preschool last Wednesday. It wasn’t pretty. We entered the school and because I was concerned about him wetting his pants (my last two blogs were about my struggle with potty training), the first thing I did was show him the bathroom. Next we went to the cubby area where […]

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From Bowser to Bam-Bam: Adventures of an Addled Potty Trainer

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By: Sheana Ochoa Potty training my toddler —whom my husband and I often refer to as Bam Bam —is no different from training my late dog, Chloe. They hem and haw, have accidents, and require loads of paper towels and consistency. I realized the similarities last weekend when my brother, who is rather fastidious, invited […]

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