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Reasons to Give a Meet the Teacher Gift- or Not


Last year, I wrote this post about giving a Meet the Teacher gift. For me, I don’t always do it, but if I think about it, I’ll do it. I consider it a pretty low-pressure thing, so if I don’t do it, it’s not something I stress over. I am a big believer in small gestures, so it’s something that…

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Back To School Time for a Former Teacher


Well, this is a space I thought I’d never find myself in. The space of September approaching, and instead of having the anxiety/excitement pit in my stomach of another year beginning, an emptiness. Or, maybe it’s an oddly misplaced feeling of neutrality. Basically, it feels weird. This is what it feels like for an ex-teacher. Or at least, this ex-teacher.…

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What is this meditation thing all about anyway? How does a busy mom even fit it in? Here's how you can squeeze in a little meditation to stay sane!

Meditation for Moms #irl


Hey there, Shorties 🙂 What’s with all this meditation crap, anyway??? I mean… who has the time? Who has the patience? What good does it even do? I know. Even though I’ve been doing this now for almost a year, I still feel this way a little. But like, yeah, it kind of is the ish. Here’s the thing: our…

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Why You Should Actually Read The Alchemist: Inspiration, Mantras, The Universe Conspiring to Help You, Realizing Your Destiny! www.theshortesttallman.com

Why You Should Actually Read The Alchemist


Hey, Shorties! I recently read The Alchemist. I had a brief discussion with a friend who had a negative reaction to the book. She really poo-poo-ed it, which I can appreciate as everyone is entitled to their opinion, and it really kind of cracked me up because I was in the middle of it, and already thoroughly enjoying it! For…

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What I’ve Learned So Far


Hi Shorties! I started becoming über reflective of life probably about a year ago, coinciding with that major life change. I didn’t think it would be such a big deal because I had wanted to a SAHM for a long time, so finally achieving that goal seemed like it would be a no-brainer for me.  But, alas, I found myself…

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Why You Should Cut the Allergy Mom Some Slack


Hey there, Shorties! Allergies… what a phenomenon these days. Seems like more and more kids have food allergies than ever before. I have no idea why, and thank God, my family is food allergy free. However, I do have lots of friends with kids who have allergies, so I have been learning over the years about what it is like…

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Temper tantrum brewing in your house? Try this breathing exercise to keep calm and carry on! Oh and it's for the kids, too! Try it for anger or anxiety! www.theshortesttallman.com

The 4-7-8 Breath For An 8-year-old


Hi, Shorties! Kids are unique. Everyone’s kids have their own personalities, and I’ve often had the conversation with parents about how fascinating it is how kids can have such unique personalities, even when raised by the same parents in the same house. One thing we all live with is emotions. And tantrums. Gah. Are you shaking your head like me?…

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The Question I am Going to Ask Before Playdates


Hi, Shorties! Gosh, what a week around here. In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, we’ve had multiple incidents in multiple area schools that have resulted in lockouts and lockdowns. Little Tallman and Littler Tallman’s school was on lockout one afternoon, the same day as the Utica College scare, and I felt uneasy the whole time, despite my…

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When It Snows


I get pretty jazzed up when we get a major weather event. Our major weather events aren’t usually very major comparatively; in Upstate New York, our major events rarely involve something catastrophic like a hurricane or a tornado. We rarely get earthquakes, and when we do they aren’t really noticeable, not that that’s weather. I am a bit of a…

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Heading into school break like :-D Give yourself permission to choose FUN next week and have the best week of vacation with your kids! www.theshortesttallman.com

The day before break!


So funny how different school breaks feel like now that I’m not teaching anymore. Now it’s like, get all my ducks in a row before break; before, it was, get my ducks in a row during break! It’s really not all that much easier these days. The thing that makes it easier is that I’m happier now, I feel like I’m…

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