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What Season of Parenting Are You In?

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Parenting is a journey with seasons that fade and change with more of a whisper than a bang. You will spend days or weeks or months wondering if your baby will ever learn to sleep through the night and then several nights will pass without interruption. The season of late night feedings are over. You […]

Motherhood In The Workplace: I Was Asked to Tone-Down the ‘Mommy Thing’

I will never make apologies for being a mother first.

I will never pretend I don’t have children again. My children are everything to me and being a mother is a huge part of my identity. It has been for almost 15 years. That is except for the one year I was asked by my former boss, who also happened to be a woman, to […]

Learning to Let Go

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Sometimes being a good mom means holding back. It means not jumping (or running on the field) every time your child falls. It means teaching your child to speak up for him or herself. It means slowly trusting and learning to let go. In the beginning it’s easy (even if you don’t know it at […]

The Before School Battle Rages On

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This school year I decided to get organized. Not like last year when I scrambled every morning to find socks, clothes, shoes, pack lunches, brush hair, make breakfast… oh and welcome all the daycare children to my house one at a time. Mornings were chaos and more than once there were tears and threats and […]

Finding Balance: Why I Dream in the First Place

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I am trying to live and love in the present. For months now I have been planning and working on my future. A future for my entire family. A future with dreams fulfilled. Dreams I had once brushed aside in favor of things like paying bills, changing diapers and shuffling kids to soccer/baseball/football/lacrosse games. For many […]

Do You Pay Children for Chores?

“I’m sorry buddy, but parents aren’t perfect. No one is perfect. Haven’t you ever made a mistake before?” I asked my seven-year-old son who was standing outside the cracked door of my bathroom. “Oh yea.. well I’m going to be perfect when I grow up,” my seven-year-old son said while puffing out his chest. He […]

A Motherhood Lesson in Vulnerability and Listening

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The petite blond woman with long perfectly in place hair sat across from me in my still unfinished daycare space with her two tow-headed daughters in her arms. Her older daughter was 18 months old and her second daughter was only 12 weeks old. I was nervous because I needed to secure a couple of […]

An Open Letter to First Time Mamas

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Dear First Time Mama, Welcome to motherhood. Whether you prayed and planned your whole life for this moment or were unexpectedly thrust into this role there are a few things I would love to share with you. There were so many truths I didn’t understand as a first-time mama. These are the truths people don’t talk about enough. […]

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