Is There Anybody Out There?

I have been thinking lately about why motherhood is such an isolating experience. I mean, millions of other women all around the world are doing exactly what I am doing- mothering- right at this moment. I have dozens of friends with children, and I would not consider...

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The Good Life

It was my baby girl’s first birthday- truly a bittersweet day. In the weeks approaching this monumental event I had been rather emotional and nostalgic;a few days before her birthday I cleaned out her dresser while weeping over the impossibly tiny newborn hats and...

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Shaming of the Moms

In case you are not completely immersed in the mommy blogging culture, as I sadly am, there is a new trend out there known as "Mom Shaming." Check it out. It is pretty hilarious.  The gist is, in the same spirit as "Dog Shaming" and "Baby Shaming", moms pose holding...

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Why Can’t Mealtime Just Be Pleasant?

When my brother and I reached elementary school and beyond, we often behaved poorly at the dinner table. Whining, bickering, complaining- we did it all. "Why can't mealtime just be pleasant?" our disgruntled mother would lament. Years later, we would mock her (sorry,...

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Darkness and Light

**I wrote this post two years ago after the discovery of the body of Jessica Ridgeway, a local 10-year-old girl who was abducted by a teenage neighbor on her way to school and murdered. I am not sharing details of the case—this is simply my reflection of that terrible...

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My Night in Naps

In the past month or two, we have been attempting to battle our chronic sleep deprivation with some strategies to push our 12 month old’s first nighttime feeding back. It has taken weeks to inch her wake-ups back, due to our desire to keep our techniques as gentle as...

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Minivans Are Not For Mocking

When I was about ten weeks pregnant with our second child, my husband and I decided it was time to look for another family car. Currently, I drove a 2005 Toyota Camry, a reliable vehicle perfectly suited for driving my 4 year old to and from preschool, but my husband...

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Your Turn to Freak Out

You may think I am referring to children taking turns having tantrums or behaving poorly, but you would be wrong. In my experience, it is always open season when it comes to kids freaking out. The idea of courteous turn-taking being applied to siblings in crisis is...

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