Carissa Howard

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Carissa Howard is a former litigator, Ivy League graduate, college athlete, wife, mom and writer. She grew up in the South Hills and attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, living in Shadyside for several years. After six years on the West Coast, she moved back to Upper St. Clair with her husband and two kids in tow. Her posts cover many parenting and lifestyle topics from the quirks of having European in-laws (her husband grew up in Ireland) to questioning the usefulness of preschoolers playing organized sports to providing time management advice, usually with a solid dose of humor and honesty. She's also writing women's fiction novels and seeking that elusive literary agent to represent her and her manuscripts. Carissa is a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and blogs on her own personal site Shopping for Time. You can keep in touch with her on twitter and Facebook.

The Number One Reason to Give Up the Afternoon Nap

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“My youngest stopped napping,” my friend complained to me one day. She was worried about not having any time to herself during the day. To watch a little television or have a cup of...

Words To Live By

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I spent much of yesterday digging through my old photo albums. I found many gems, but it's a sad story as to why. My friend from high school, who served two tours of duty...

The Fear of What Lies Beyond Preschool

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For my youngest child, full-time school starts this month. My children will be at school from 8:30AM to 2:30PM, five days a week. A milestone that is wrought with emotion for this stay at...