Kathy Ferguson

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Wildly in love with her perfectly imperfect life, Kathy’s been married to her most favorite person in the world, “The Professor,” for 14 years. They moved to Columbia from Atlanta seven years ago and are enjoying raising their two girls, Gracie (12½) and Tate (10) here. After undergrad and her MBA, Kathy worked in Corporate America for 10 years before retiring to work full-time for the girls. Most recently, she was a grant writer at a college here in town, but had to leave that job when her family moved to New Zealand for six months for The Professor’s sabbatical. She started her blog, kathygoeskiwi.com, to document that amazing adventure, but now she’s home and trying to figure out what to do with her life. Again. Probably the loudest and most foul-mouthed introvert you’ll ever meet, she can usually be found curled up with a trashy romance novel, on the tennis court, at her awesome gym, or drinking wine with people she loves.

Finding an Attitude of Gratitude When You Live with Middle Schoolers

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It’s the season of giving thanks, y’all! How’re you doing with it? I’ll be honest – I’m being challenged a little bit – teens and tweens can test even the most grateful person that ever lived....

When Racism and School Shooting Threat Hits Close to Home

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My brain and heart are heavy and dark and jumbled and sad and angry, and I’m at a complete loss of how to handle it. And they’ve been that way for a minute now… This...
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The Importance of Friends as a Mom

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“She’s such a great mom – she sacrifices herself for the family.” “She puts everyone else before herself.” “She absolutely lives for her family.” These statements may actually sound good, like something we as moms (or dads)...
Managing Screen Time in the Summer - A Midsummer's Night(mare) - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Managing Screen Time in the Summer :: A Midsummer’s Night(mare)

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Aaah, summer. It’s so great, because you can relax more in the mornings without everyone racing out the door to school. But it’s also kind of awful, because you have to fill a LOT...

A Love Letter to My Rising Middle Schooler

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You asked me to cuddle tonight, and it was bliss. I mean, it was way too late and you needed to be in bed ASLEEP, but the days of you wanting to be near...

The Gift of 7th Grade

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“Ugh. 7th grade is the worst.” “Oof. Good luck – 7th grade is terrible.” “I’ll pray for you. Seventh grade is absolutely horrible.” Those were some of the encouraging words friends and strangers alike (thanks, guys!) had...

Kid Sports, Parental Lunacy

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Enough is enough already. Parents, we have GOT to chill right out about our kids. Like RIGHT NOW, we’ve got to pull our collective selves together. We must cool our ever-loving jets. We have...

Musings from a ‘Housewife’

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Someone threw a (figurative) rock at me. He was kidding, and I know he meant no harm, but he said, “We can’t all be housewives! Some of us got jobs!” I know he was only...

Real Mom Bods :: Loving the Skin You’re In

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Three moms.  Three different lifestyles. Three different perspectives.  One place of self-acceptance. As moms, and women, life can be hard. We nitpick ourselves. We focus on the things we want to change. We compare ourselves to others. We don't...
Navigating Weight and Diet with Tweens - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Navigating Weight and Diet with Tweens

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Weight. “That’s a heavy subject.” Sorry – I couldn’t resist the bad joke. It’s what I do when I’m not sure what to do. I have always struggled with my weight. I was overweight as...

Sneaking Social Media – What’s a Parent to do?

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I was in the middle of another post a when a "thing" happened here, so: plot twist. Allow me to set the scene… The Professor (my husband) and I are pretty conservative when it comes...
Am I too Old to Make New Friends? | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Am I too Old to Make New Friends?

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I live a charmed life – I know it and am the first to admit it. I had a happy childhood, a fun time in high school (for real), expanded my horizons in college,...
Roots and Wings | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Roots and Wings

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They say the greatest gift you can give your children is roots and wings. And I get it – roots so they know where they’re from and wings so they know what they can...
The Best Laid Plans :: A Lesson in Self-Care | Columbia SC Moms Blog

The Best Laid Plans :: A Lesson in Self-Care

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First, a caveat: my life is easy. It’s not hard by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. I know that – I’m incredibly blessed and so lucky. I work hard to deliberately keep our life as...