Jennie Miller

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I'm a writer and photographer living in the beautiful rolling foothills of East Tennessee. When I'm not running or reading, I'm homeschooling my two boys and enjoying life with my husband. Together, we root for the Tennessee Vols and the Green Bay Packers, and we love playing board games at the dinner table. My other loves are our bluetick hound, Major, and our fat black cat, Salem. Unfortunately, they hate each other. Read more at jenniecreates.com.
Toddlers – and Teens – Need Boundaries

Toddlers – and Teens – Need Boundaries

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When our children start showing those early signs of independence -- daring to touch electrical outlets, throwing a toy for the second time, resisting the jacket they don’t want to wear -- we embark...

Welcome to Your 40s: It’s Not All Terrible

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When I was 22 and freshly married, 40 wasn’t even a thought. At 25, awaiting the birth of our first child, 40 seemed so far away. By 30, I was running my first full...
Target Baby Section: Enter at Your Own Risk

Target Baby Section: Enter at Your Own Risk

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A few weeks ago, I had some time to kill. One teen son was at home, and the other was at an event to which he needed a ride. (I’m about a year shy...
Tips on Parenting Teens from a Volcano Dweller

Tips on Parenting Teens from a Volcano Dweller

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Friends, I’m going to get real with you: Parenting teenagers isn’t for the weak. It’s barely for the strong.  At least once a day, I find myself at a crossroads: Do I respond to my...
Five Ways to Afford a European Vacation

Five Ways to Afford a European Vacation

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When my husband and I decided to give our kids experiences over stuff, we immediately started looking for ways to afford traveling to new and exciting places. In 2017 we took the boys to...
If I Knew Then What I Know Now, I Would’ve Been Nicer

If I Knew Then What I Know Now, I Would’ve Been Nicer

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A quick glance at my desktop calendar gave me a short pang of panic. This blog post was due in 24 hours, and I didn’t have any (good) ideas. I took to Facebook and...
Freedom at 40: When Your Yes is Yes and Your No is No

Freedom at 40: When Your Yes is Yes and Your No is No

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For some women, the ability to make a firm decision has never been an issue. They were the ones I admired in my 20s and 30s, the ones who were bold and unafraid. I,...
When Your Imaginary Boyfriend Dies

When Your Imaginary Boyfriend Dies

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Last Monday, millions of women who came of age in the 1990s learned the terrible news that Dylan McKay had died. Without notice, nostalgia morphed into a time machine and sent us all back...

There’s a Mom Hack for All of Us

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When I became a mother in 2003, I had the same concerns as any other new mom: Is my baby healthy? Is he eating enough? Shouldn’t he be sitting up by now? How do...

My Kids Don’t Have Smartphones and I’m Not Sorry

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I am a child of the '80s and came of age in the '90s. Technology was limited to the Walkman, then the Discman, cable (if you had it), and the first America Online chat...
The Long, Colorful Journey with Autism

The Long, Colorful Journey with Autism

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Our second son was born smiling. Actually, I don’t know that to be completely true since I wasn’t in the room when he was born, but by the time we got custody of him...

Letting Your Child Fail and Other Impossible Feats

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Recognizing the importance of letting your child fail and watching it unfold in front of you are two very different things. In my younger days of motherhood, I boldly touted the importance of letting your...