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Oh, Baby, Sharing a Room Is Hard

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sharing a room with a baby for the first six months of the baby's life.  We did not even make it close to six months with our first daughter...

My Teenager’s Recent Autism Diagnosis

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There's a Facebook video of my daughter Jody that went viral in our friend circle. She was three years old and on a ride at the local fair. It was one of those slow-moving...
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Giving them the Childhood I Never Had

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“Mommy, can I have a hug?” This was the third time I’ve been asked this within a 30-minute timeframe, but I still smiled, held out my arms, and brought her in for a hug....

Thanks for the Vasectomy

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A frequent conversation I've had in the past year always surprises me. "How many kids do you have?" "I have two boys." "Oh, you can keep trying." "My husband got a vasectomy". "Whoa, no...

Teachers Making Extra Income But At What Cost?

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Everyone knows that teachers don't get paid enough. Across the country, teachers are working endless hours for less money, being asked to do more than their job description, and mental health is at an...

Dear Dad, I Was Always Worth It

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Dear Dad, As June approaches every year, I think about you. I wonder if you think about me. I have come to the conclusion that you don't miss me—at least not enough to do anything...
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Stolen Innocence: The Day My Daughter Was Racially Profiled

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The conversation rings in my ears long after we hang up. My daughter's principal asked us to return to her school after hours a few moments ago. Apparently, he plans to suspend her for...
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My Nonbinary Journey Update

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Here’s another update about my nonbinary journey. I wanted to preface this post with a quick discussion about Nex Benedict. At the time of this writing, it is known that their death was a...

I Wish It Were As Simple As Breastmilk vs. Formula

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I wish it were as simple as breastmilk vs. formula, but for me and my babies, it is anything but. I've always known I wanted to breastfeed for as long as my babies wanted. I...

It’s (Maybe Not) All My Fault: OCD in Motherhood

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I was working on a project when my phone rang. I looked down and gasped. It was my daughter's teacher. Without even picking up, I instantly thought, "Whatever this is, whatever happened, it's all...

Gratitude and Grief: Our Journey to an Autism Diagnosis

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Our middle child was diagnosed with autism in 2022. The journey has been one of gratitude and grief. I knew something was different about our precious boy, even from infancy, but I could never put...

Twice-Exceptional: Raising a Gifted and Neurodivergent Child

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Savannah's chocolate-colored, twinkling eyes looked up at me. She asked, "Mommy, what is the moon made of?" Her voice didn't sound like a two-year-old; her diction and articulation were that of a much older...

“Why Are You Fat?” and Other Words That Hurt My Daughter

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My seven-year-old daughter has been body-shamed since kindergarten. She's in second grade now, and nothing has changed; in fact, it's gotten worse. I don't know how I'm supposed to start this because I feel terrible...

What I’ve Learned In Therapy

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It took me three tries to find a therapist that I clicked with. They weren't just listening to me and regurgitating what I told them. Instead, they actively work to understand what I'm trying...