Dawn Mooney

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Passing It On, One Bullet Point at a Time

by Dawn Mooney August 13, 2013 Child

Indoctrination comes naturally to parents. It’s what we do – think religion or politics. I’m guilty of it on various levels for different things, but I’m realizing there is one specific thing that I want my children to wholeheartedly embrace. As we prepare for the start of another school year, it’s becoming clear that I’m […]

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Celebrity Crush: Sam Rockwell

by Dawn Mooney August 2, 2013 Celeb Crush

Last week, I joined a group of girlfriends for a movie that I had heard some buzz about, and I was intrigued to see what everyone had been talking about. It didn’t take too long into the movie for me to realize that the highlight of the film was most definitely going to be one […]

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A (Sorta) Scheduled Summer

by Dawn Mooney June 27, 2013 Parenting

Three weeks ago, my family and I lived our lives to a set schedule that saw us all waking early and rushing out the door each morning for school and work. When we returned in the evening, the rest of our time together still had to run like clockwork to meet the bedtime deadline each […]

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A New Meaning for Pull the Plug

by Dawn Mooney March 26, 2013 Parenting

I’m compelled to share my perspective on a growing trend that I’m noticing a lot lately. A while ago, I could laugh a little at it, but the more and more I see it, I can’t help but shake my head and scoff. The other night when I once again witnessed it, I felt deeply […]

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Start Empathy: A Welcomed Educational Initiative

by Dawn Mooney February 21, 2013 News

Recently, Elaine shared her perspectives about a new educational initiative focused on helping cultivate empathy among children. We had the pleasure of attending a luncheon hosted by the folks behind Start Empathy, and the discussion that took place during those two hours stirred up great emotion for me as both a parent and an educator. The […]

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Pop Culture Obsessions: What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To Right Now

by Dawn Mooney January 16, 2013 Entertainment

Are you the type of person to always have a bookmark in place somewhere, sneaking away to read a few pages whenever you get the chance? Do you enjoy curling up under a blanket with the remote in hand after all the kids are in bed? Do you fill your time with a musical soundtrack […]

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The 2012 Movie I’m Most Hungering For

by Dawn Mooney January 6, 2012 Entertainment

Do you have March 23, 2012 marked on your calendar? That Friday night, the kids will be with a babysitter while my husband and I join up with a group of similarly aged 30 somethings to catch the movie adaptation of the first book of a hugely popular young adult book series. Sparkly vampires can’t […]

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What a Difference Two Months Can Make

by Dawn Mooney October 25, 2011 Child

Two months ago, I was grappling with a new image of my middle child as a kindergartner. You know the old cliche of the mom standing on the side of the road, tears in her eyes, as her not-a-baby-anymore child boards the school bus? Well, our first day didn’t look anything like that, but the […]

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Celebrity Crush: Emma Stone

by Dawn Mooney September 30, 2011 Celeb Crush

Who says that our celebrity crushes have to only be guys? This week, I’m crushing on an actress who has been cracking me up big time on screen lately. Name: Emily Jean “Emma” Stone Age: 22 Hometown: Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Stone convinced her parents to let her drop out of school and move to […]

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When the “Mommy Wars” Hit Home

by Dawn Mooney September 28, 2011 Child

Though it seems like a bazillion years ago, it was just back in 2000 when I first became a mom. Throughout my entire pregnancy, I immersed myself in the slew of new baby/mommy websites that were popping up all over the web, and I subscribed to enough parenting magazines that I single-handedly took out a […]

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