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My Unexpected Struggle with Infertility

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“When are you having another baby?” “Is she your only?” “You should have more kids.” These are the comments I heard almost daily. At the playground, the library, my daughter’s dance class, and the children’s museum. Anywhere...

What I Wish My Husband Knew as a Stepmom to One and a Mother...

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When I first got married, I made a promise to my husband and stepchild that I’d never treat her any differently than my own children. Except, what I didn’t know is that keeping that...

My 11-Year-Old Still Can’t Tie His Shoelaces

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Tying shoes. Yeah. It's just one of those things... "He'll figure it out when he's old enough to care what other people think."  I remember the first time I heard those words. I was wringing my hands...

Anonymous Stories in Motherhood :: My Struggle With Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

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I struggled to become pregnant. I fought to stay pregnant. I fought hard for her.  After numerous ultrasounds and weeks on bed rest, I gave birth to a perfect baby girl. In that hospital room,...

What It’s Like to Be a NICU Mother

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The first time I saw my baby he was only a tiny bundle wrapped in wires inside a plastic box, face obscured by a breathing mask and bathed in purple light. I cried. It...

Anonymous Stories in Motherhood :: I’m Scared to Send My Son to Middle School

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Middle school.  It's a big step in the life of a child. They are moving from that young elementary kid to a pre-teen, discovering who they are, living through puberty, making friends, and beginning to...

What It’s Like to Have a Difficult Relationship With a Parent

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To be honest, I am not quite sure how to start this story, but here it goes... My mother and I have a complex relationship, to say the least. She is a great person and...

Mom Confession :: I Don’t Treat My Kids Equally

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Recently I was in a situation with a family member – whom I’ll refer to as Grace. Grace stated, “I would never do something for one of my kids and not do it for...

Cavities :: An Unwelcomed First

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We’ve had many firsts in our family that we’ve celebrated, some of which were a pretty big deal. We’ve also had some not so exciting firsts, and cavities were one of those unwelcomed ones. According...

Preparing My Girls for the COVID-19 Vaccine

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One minute it was 2019; a pretty good year in general. It was a time when we thought the year 2020 was going to bring nothing but new apps and more ways for our...

Anonymous Stories in Motherhood :: I Don’t Like My Husband’s Parenting Style

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It's no secret that we all have different parenting styles. There are "crunchy mammas," helicopter parents, those with a more laid-back approach to parenting, strict parents, and so on. You have to do what...

A Holiday Gift Must-Have :: The Story of Gobbledy

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Before I could write full-time, I worked at a greeting card company. Christmas started in May when catalogs and holiday material went to design. From design to proof, proof to print, print to customer....

The Challenges Of Teaching During A Pandemic

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I'm in my second year as a middle school teacher. And while last year was challenging and frustrating for a variety of reasons, this year has been worse. And we've only been in school...

The Feelings Nobody Talks About While Waiting to Take a Pregnancy Test

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I have been immensely lucky to have had three healthy pregnancies without much of a fuss. Since the very early stages of each one of them, my body was eager to let me know that...