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Sibling Rivalry: Surviving the Chaos

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Growing up with a younger sister, I always knew that siblings had a very "special" relationship. I had friends with younger and older siblings who got along perfectly well. No arguing or fighting, and they...

I Didn’t Take Any Photos Today

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I didn't take any photos today, and to be completely honest, I am grateful. I am grateful that I was able to experience my kids' emotions right alongside them instead of fumbling for my...

Hiring A House Cleaner Saved My Sanity

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I used to think that the only people who had house cleaners were the rich and famous. I saw it as a luxury that only the upper class was afforded. Why would I pay...

We Are Way Past Teacher Tired: The State of Our Schools

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When schools abruptly came to a halt on in-person learning back in March of 2020, I think I naively assumed that things would be back to normal by the beginning of the following school...

Is Dad Ever The Default Parent?

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We’ve heard it a million times before: Moms are true superheroes. According to Luke Bryan, “all mamas ought to qualify for sainthood,” so it’s fairly common knowledge that moms make the world go ‘round....

Parenting A Strong-Willed Daughter: Choosing My Battles

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"Strong-willed children become adults who will change the world as long we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to "tame" the spirit out of them. -Unknown The moment I learned that...

Embracing the Chaos of a Busy Life

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I will be the first to admit that I have never been able to sit still. As a young kid, I would wake up on Saturday mornings and immediately ask my parents, “So what...

Dropping the Beloved Nap

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Having my kids close together was both a blessing and a curse. I remember thinking while I was pregnant that the only thing I really wanted when my babies were born was that they...

The Day I Was a Terrible Parent

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I was a terrible parent today. I yelled way too much. I lost my patience. I felt like I was at my wit’s end all day long.   I was a terrible parent today. I woke...

Bye Bye Binky: Saying Adios to the Pacifier

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Binky.Pacifier.Nu-Nu.Wubba. No matter what your family calls them, those little soothers can be a total lifesaver for a grumpy baby. Thankfully, both of my babies took a pacifier fairly early on and easy, which...

The Club No One Wants to Belong To

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This is not a club you want to belong to. This is not a club you want a membership for. But this club brings women together in their loss, healing, grief, and sorrow. It’s...

Bending the Gender Norms

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When we found out we were having a boy, there were so many different things that ran through my mind. Would he play football like his daddy? Would he be a mama’s boy? Could...

We Were Supposed to Start School Today

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Today was supposed to be our first day of school.   If you had asked me back in March when schools closed if we'd still be dealing with this virus, I would have laughed. I thought...

You’re Not Doing It Wrong, Mama–It’s Just THAT Hard!

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As a mom of two toddlers at the moment, my life is a total circus most of the time.  Someone always needs something every second of the day, and some days, I honestly have...
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