Tag: mom life

Reading With Your Teen :: My Favorite Young Adult Dystopian Love...

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Teens are tricky, and sometimes finding common ground is even trickier.  As a former high school teacher, I have definitely experienced the high and low...

Spring Sports, New Attitude

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It has been 14 months since my children have done anything organized, outside of school. And now, suddenly, we are in the thick of...

I’m Not a Workaholic, and That’s OK

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I'm not a workaholic. I used to think this made me less than. Heck, sometimes it still does. Why? Because we live in a...

Baby’s First Birthday :: What Gift to Get?

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I remember each of my children’s first birthdays. I remember the stress in making it just right. From the decorations to the food, from...

Your Kids May Be Saying “Mom” More Than 100 Times a...

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Your kid may be saying “mom” more than 100 times a day. Mine are — literally. I need to know I am not alone. My kids...

Foregoing Mom Guilt Even When I Choose Myself First

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When my friends tell me they feel guilty when they're working or they worry they don't "do enough" as a stay-at-home mom, I tell...

Thank You for Being Our “Beta Tester” — You’ve Made Me a...

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Dear Firstborn, According to the dictionary, the noun beta test is defined as “a field test of the beta version of a product (such as...

Why I Won’t Give My Kids Easter Baskets

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  I won't be giving my kids gifts at Easter. It's not that I'm a Grinch or won't celebrate at all, but it's all becoming too...

Peloton :: It’s More Than a Workout (It’s Therapy)

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I heard about the fancy spin bike, remembered the controversial commercial, and never thought I would be one to actually purchase the Peloton. But I...

It’s International Women’s Day… But We’re Tired

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It’s 1848 in New York City. Several women, after being banned from speaking at an anti-slavery convention, held our nation’s first women’s rights convention. It’s...

Healing Perfectionism in Parenting

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2020 was a big year for personal growth for me, primarily because COVID forced it. It was a year in which boundaries became necessary...

“You’re So Busy!”

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About a decade after I graduated from college, I sat down with an old mentor of mine for coffee. In reminiscing about the "good...

Can We Keep Mom Guilt at Bay During the Holidays?

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Who else looks forward to the holiday season every year, completely forgetting the push and pull that comes with being a mom? Who else gets...

It Takes A Village, But There Is No Village. So What...

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We’ve all heard and used the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We have all probably joked about the lack of...

I’m A Real Mom… and I Really Have COVID

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I’m a real mom, and I really have COVID.  Before I even start this narrative, I need to stress how unbelievably cautious and vigilant our...