How I’m Surviving this Summer without FOMO

"Have any big plans this summer?" It's the inevitable question people like to ask when making small talk when the seasons start to change from needing a rain jacket to slathering on the sunscreen. I smile and almost disappointingly respond, "No, just hanging around here." I love vacationing, I really do. And family trips in [...]

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3 things I’ve learned about mothering a baby and a toddler

Welcoming our second child certainly brought a shift in our family dynamic. My almost-three-year old was no longer the only child, and soon realized there was a new kid in town stealing some of mom's and dad's attention. We let our second baby's sex stay a mystery until delivery day, and were over the moon [...]

Shaping Identity

Shaping Identity

I will be the first to tell you that I have no idea what I'm doing as a parent. Sure, I can give you tips about what I do, but parenting as a whole, I don't subscribe to any ideology other than "Raise Good Humans." Now that my oldest is nearing four (how is that [...]

The 4-letter word I don’t like my son to say

The 4-letter word I don’t like my son to say

The first – and only – time I heard it, it stung like a knife through my tender mommy heart. My son, the threenager, was aiming his frustration toward me. He was upset with me for some typical three-year-old reason that I have since forgotten. He hesitated before he found the word his young mind [...]

The Hardest Job You Will Ever Have

The Hardest Job You Will Ever Have

No one prepares you for what motherhood is really like. People may say it's the hardest job you will ever have, but they never delve into specifics. You smile and nod along, unaware of what is to come once you have kids. They don't tell you the mind-altering state of sleep deprivation you reach when [...]