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Mother's Day

I have been a mother for three years. My mother has been gone for almost four years. Like many daughters, I always imagined how I would do a better job raising my kids. Then I had them and I find myself doing and saying the same things I swore I wouldn't. "I'm going to count to three!” "At least three more pieces of broccoli or no dessert." "Please stop the whining!"


Blog: Mother's Day 2012

It is by far the hardest job I do; much harder than writing scripts for Sesame Street. What I find the most challenging is having the patience required to do the best job you can. Trying to get the bath done, pajamas on, teeth brushed, and into bed when all they want to do is run in circles and play mermaid. They're so easy to love, play with, cuddle, squeeze. They make us laugh with the crazy things they say; the connections they make. Even when they say things like, "If you stop talking I will feel better." make me smile. It's when things get tough, and both are throwing mini-tantrums in different directions, that I have to work hard to stay reasonable and not lose it.  Sometimes I fail; sometimes I think I deserve a medal. Sometimes we all just end up in the calm down chair. To all mothers this week: I wish you some down time in your own private calm down chair, some great hugs from your kids, and perhaps a massage and reflexology.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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