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Janelle

Janelle
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No Sick Days For Mom

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There are a plethora of analogies I can use when it comes to motherhood, but the one that I always come back to is the idea that Mom is the ship's captain. The household....

Being The Soft Place To Land Is Hard…(Like Really Hard)

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“All that children need is love, a grown-up to take responsibility for them, and a soft place to land”  -Deborah Harkness I am officially six years deep into parenting two small humans, and I still...

I’m a Mediocre Mom and I Am Okay With That

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Mediocre: (adj) of moderate quality, adequate,  I'm a mediocre mom. There, I said it. Mediocre.  I don't cook at home every night. I am usually throwing chicken nuggets into the backseat as we go from practice...

The Conundrum Of Motherhood

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Of all the adventures I’ve been on in my life, motherhood has to be the wildest one of them all. One minute, you’re so utterly in love with every tiny inch of their faces,...

Why Can’t I Be The “Fun” Summer Mom?

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As a mom who works full-time as a teacher, I am completely used to cramming my life into two months or eight short weeks in the summer to be the “fun mom.” When spring...

The State Of Education Right Now

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Ladies and gentlemen of the United States, our education system is failing our children. It is broken with no real repair in sight. Everyone needs something more, and yet, no one is getting what...

No More Ts on the Tags

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I was shopping for my kids recently and came to a heartbreaking realization…both of my kids have graduated to the "other side of the aisle." Neither one of them have Ts on their tags...

The Morning Rat Race of a Working Mama

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It's 5:15 am, and my dreaded alarm starts to go off. Most days, I hit the snooze button once or twice before dragging myself out of bed. I go straight into the shower for...

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...