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Tag: being a mom

Bribery — What You’ll Do for Sleep!

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I haven't slept soundly in months. My mind is racing, and I seem to have added "insomniac" to my resume. Sleep is hard to...

Is 2 Enough? How the Pandemic Might Change Our Plan

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My husband and I have always known we want three children. I am one of two, and my husband is one of four. I...

You Are My Sunshine :: A Letter to My NICU Baby

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You are my sunshine, My only sunshine. We were sure we couldn’t get pregnant naturally and were making moves to start IVF. But then, my baby...

We’re All Stage-5 Clingers Now :: On Pandemics and Separation Anxiety

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I never thought we’d go four months straight with two kids and NO babysitter while my husband and I both work. But there are a...

Not My Typical Summer Read :: Swapping Romance Novels for Anti-Racism...

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School's out, and summer is halfway over. I usually start my summer with a book or two waiting for me to read. Before kids,...

What to Read and Who to Learn from as You Become...

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As the last few months have shown us, many of us have A LOT to learn — and put into action — when it...

The Virtual Burnout :: In-Person Connection Can’t Be Replaced

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If there is one adage I can relate to over the course of COVID-19, it's "You don't know what you got 'til it's gone."...

To the Moms of Kids with Special Needs :: Pandemic Edition

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To the moms of kids with special medical needs, I see you. I see you in this quarantine, trying to hold it all together....

My Sidewalk Running Is Not Going Well (Share the Road!)

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Thrown into this new lifestyle, I am trying to listen to ALL the advice. Social distance, wash your hands, don't hoard toilet paper, make...

Zoom :: The New Night Out?

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I have been Zooming all week. Staff meetings, department meetings, morning meetings, read alouds for my kids, a special 'happy birthday' for my son, and my favorite — happy hour. Zoom happy hour has become a regular part of my day, when I carve out time to enjoy a drink (or more) and chat with friends. These calls have been vital to my week and help keep me sane and grounded each night.

You Might Be A Good Mom If…

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Some days I wake up ready to dominate the day: Healthy homemade food prepped for my littles? Check! Limited screen time and lots of...

I Am an Iceberg Mom

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I often feel like I am misunderstood. Friends will comment on how well I am managing the difficult parenting situation I have been given. They see my strengths, and though I see them too, I also see the work. The energy — both emotional and physical — that parenting has taken. I see the missed opportunities my kids have had because of my fear of not being able to handle a situation.

An Open Letter to the Ladies Who Sat Next To Us...

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See, things have changed a lot. Parents of young kids these days can be distracted — myself included. We have a lot going on, and technology and social media have created an additional burden on us despite all the ways they have made life easier. In part because of all the information we have available, we are constantly judging ourselves. Moms in particular struggle with comparing themselves and their parenting abilities to those of everyone they follow on Instagram or are friends with on Facebook.

An Attitude of Gratitude This November and Beyond

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Being grateful is a simple attitude with a profound effect. It reminds me of the good in my life when days are full of chaos and tantrums. Being grateful begins with me, ends with me, and allows others to get the best version of me — the thankful one.

We’re Late! (A Reflection on Trying to Leave the House on...

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It doesn't matter where — school, daycare, soccer practice, swim lessons, a birthday party, Nana's house, vacation. It could be the most exciting trip to an amusement park that we've been planning and talking about for months. We are always late!