Ashlee Spear

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Ashlee grew up in Newbury Park, and returned to the area after studying journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and teaching English in Santiago, Chile for two years. She spent three years as a working mom, before leaving the corporate world to become a full-time, at-home parent. Her daughters are 4 and 6 years old, and she relishes getting to experience her old childhood stomping grounds through their eyes. An Enneagram 4, Ashlee enjoys reading, running, music, collecting vintage fashion magazines, and sharing a fun cocktail with her husband after work while their kids sit/jump beside them on the couch and watch "Pinkalicious." She is a whole-hearted believer that “it takes a village” not only to raise a child, but also to raise a mother. She is grateful for a supportive family, friends, and community, and is passionate about the power of writing to connect us and let us know we’re not alone.

The Kids—Back to School in Masks—are Alright

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Our kids have returned to school (hooray!)...to full-day, full-class, real-deal, in-person learning. As the mom of a first grader and a child in TK, the start of this school year has felt miraculous, joyous,...

What to Read to Your Kids This Fall

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A California Fall Here in Southern California, we’re not known for our seasons. Fall, especially, is not our forte. The autumn in my dreams is filled with piles of crunchy scarlet leaves, cozy turtleneck sweaters,...

To Work or Not to Work – That is the Question

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My two-year-old sat on the kitchen floor, fiddling with a puzzle piece she couldn’t get to fit. “Damn it,” she said, calmly. I froze, stunned. “What did you say?!” I sank down to her level, my...

Parenting Advice: It’s Ok NOT To Take It

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  All Those Questions I remember being a brand-new mom, pacing in the pediatrician’s office with my newborn, and reading her all my scattered notes on nursing.  “What do I do!?”  I wanted to know.  The...

How Books Save My Parenting Life

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More often than I’d like to admit, I’ll look at the clock somewhere around 3 p.m. and realize I’ve gone the entire day without connecting to my kids.  I Am Right There Sure, I’ve been right...