Nathalie Hardy

A local mother writes her columns in the margins of a busy family life.

Hardy Boys: Thanks, but you can keep your all-caps

Whenever it comes up in conversation that I write a parenting column, I’m quick to make one thing clear. It is in no way a “how to” guide, even though I cheerfully offer an abundance ...

Hardy Boys: The present that lasts

Well in advance of Mother’s Day, my boys asked me what I’d like from them this year. “A clean house,” I told them. I know it would only last for a moment, but what a blissful moment ...

Hardy Boys: The kids are all right - really!

My baby was a few months into kindergarten when he shook me awake in the middle of the night to ask: “Mama! What do I do if there’s a shooter at school and we’re in lockdown and I’m ...

Hardy Boys: Maybe I am that mom

Recently, as I was walking my boys to school, I noticed a couple of women point and cluck as they walked their purse-sized dogs. I glanced at the three of us, trying to determine what the tsking might ...

Hardy Boys: Taking life’s plot twists as they come

I thought bringing a puppy into our family was going to be our major life change this year. However it seems our little Scout was merely a harbinger of an abundance of adventures — and, er, “growth ...

Hardy: To elf his own

While many holiday gatherings have been seasoned with heated conversations over foreign policy, arguments about presidential candidates and a debate or two over the best way to baste a turkey, ...

Hardy: Parents, let's speak openly about privacy

Keep your private parts private. It’s a mantra for parents of little discoverers. Nathalie Hardy Hardy writes in the margins of her life with two little boys. > See her column First, ...

Hardy: When snacks attack

So, it turns out my mom was right. Again.  Actually that’s starting to seem like the refrain of my adulthood.  It turns out this whole snacking all the time trend is kind of a problem. Nathalie ...

Hardy: Gearing up for school

Right about now, back to school season is in full swing. And if you find yourself in a store with an office supply section, you’re sure to find parents muttering about the prices. If you enjoy eavesdropping, ...

Hardy: Savoring the seasons as they come

The other night, my family set out to enjoy Newberg’s spectacular Old-Fashioned Festival fireworks display. What was truly incredible, though, is the epiphany I had in the middle of it.  Nathalie ...

Hardy: Feelings and other freaky things

Eight years ago, I spent two days in a stuffy room full of other pregnant mamas and their birthing partners, learning the ins and outs of, well, getting the baby in my belly out into the world.  That ...

Back against the wall

It took 20 minutes to walk my 5-year-old two blocks to pre-school. It took twice as long to get him up, fed, dressed and out the door. He didn’t want to wear the school’s field trip shirt. ...

The parent trap

I just had an idea for the best mother’s day gift in the history of ever. Maybe. I mean, it’s no child-crafted macaroni necklace. Those are so precious they are priceless. This is something ...

Lessons learned poolside

When I set off to visit my parents in Palm Springs, where they live when they aren’t back in the Old Country, I knew my boys would learn some new words in my native tongue of Slovak.  Nathalie ...

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