Emma Frappier

Emma Frappier
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I was born and raised in Vermont. I live off a dirt road in Huntington with my husband, teenage step daughter and four year old son. I work as a baker at Krins Bakery and love my job! I run outside every morning, all year, and I am usually training for some race. I have an obsession with pizza, ice cream, and trashy tv shows.

Buying Organic: The Trials and Tribulations of Organic Milk

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I quickly grabbed a half gallon of 2 percent milk out of the cooler case and placed it in my basket. Unfortunately, my four year-old son happened to notice the chocolate milk placed strategically...

The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and My Parenting Shortfalls

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In June, I attended my son’s final Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting of the school year. G just completed his second of what will be three years of preschool. He has been on an IEP...

Confessions of a Reformed Adventure Seeker

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Spontaneity and motherhood do not go hand in hand. As much as I enjoy being a mom, it is difficult to make impulsive plans and commitments. Leaving the house even just to run one...

5 Reasons Why Spring Saves My Sanity and Recharges Me

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Its spring! We made it through the long, harsh New England winter. Today, I threw open the windows, opened the back door and released my toddler out into the warm morning air. He runs...

Motherhood Makes Me Wear My Heart on the Outside

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I will be the first to admit I am a sensitive person. But I never used to be so tenderhearted until I became a mother. I once read that when you become a parent,...

Top 5 Reasons I Love Living and Raising my Family in a Rural Community

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My family and I live in a rural community, a twenty-five minute drive from the closest major city. There are dense forests, steep mountains, dirt roads, and farm fields. There are no stop lights, spotty...

Motherhood Dilemmas: I Don’t Want to Have Another Baby… Right Now

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I always wanted to have two or three children. I grew up with siblings and valued having someone around to play with. But my 4 year-old son, G, is an only child and the...

Is Social Media the New “Keeping up with the Joneses”

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I love social media. I love the connections it creates, the resources it provides, and the news it generates. But I also hate social media. I hate the way it sucks me in and...

My Not-Traditional Path to Marriage: How My Husband and I Found Bliss

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My husband, T, and I have been together for over five years. We have a four year-old son, a house, a joint checking account, and he is my emergency contact and I am his....
Gearing up for potty training.

My Potty Training Saga: Why Potty Training is Making Me Crazy

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My son is four years old and still wears diapers... and not just at night. We are in a potty training stalemate.  My son, G, is four years old and absolutely refuses to potty train....

So Many Questions, So Little Time

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My son, G, is four. Like most four year-olds he asks a lot of questions, so many questions! Questions about what I am doing, where we are going, and why he can't have a...

Emma’s Review: Top Six Board Games for Preschoolers

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Winter has arrived and so has cabin fever. My son, like most preschool age children, requires constant entertainment. Snow, sleet and freezing rain trap us inside our house. I strategically lay out art projects,...

Cell Phones, Social Media and Our Children’s Self Esteem

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In April of 2015, our family dog was hit and killed by a car. Of course, we were devastated. However my 13 year-old stepdaughter, R, who lives with us full time, took the loss...
Mother Runner with medal and son.

Mother Runner: How I Hit the Roads and Found My Inspiration

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My alarm goes off at 4:30am and I leap out of bed. Quietly I pull on my leggings, sports bra, t-shirt, and socks. I peek into my son's room where he is sleeping soundly, the...