“I want to do something splendid before I go to my castle, — something heroic or wonderful, that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish...
What is the hardest job on earth? I asked my 14-year-old and he said, "firefighter." My 17-year-old said it was the men in the army on the front lines bravely fighting battles. My 19-year-old daughter said, “An astronaut going to...
I thought my head would spin off my body if I looked into my living room one more time to see my daughter watching a YouTube video about how to repurpose Chapstick holders and paint Hydro Flasks when the...
  As a new, young mom I learned some things once my daughter was born.  Newborns don’t necessarily love to sleep. Elastic waistbands should be required on every set of pants. Seriously, why do we need buttons when elastic is...
I am sure most of us have seen the open letter one mom wrote to her daughter's stepmom that went viral awhile back. In this piece, the birth mother expresses thankfulness for her daughter's stepmother. While I am sure she really is grateful, this...
To my Future Daughter-in-Law, You are probably off doing something adorable. Maybe rolling down a hill in a cute little dress.  I never had a daughter and I am looking forward to the moment you become part of the family. You...
“Ugh, you’re such an airplane mom,” my daughter said to me one afternoon. I can’t remember what we were discussing, or what I was reminding her to do or take with her out the door, but it took me just...
It's hard to believe but another year has come to an end. Time flies by when you're a busy parent. With the start of a new year comes New Year's resolutions. This year, I'm setting my resolutions as a mom....
This is my story. The story about how I explained to my husband, family, and friends that my child was "high needs" (or "spirited") and required MORE from me ... and them. As a mom of three (with two high needs...
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 post is so very long...
I love politics. When I attended the University of South Carolina, Political Science was my minor. I like to think back and reflect on how my political views have drastically changed since I was in my early 20s. Recently I took my...
Let me start by saying, I am a SAHM (stay-at-home mom). Sure, I'm an attorney, but I only do pro bono work. I'm a writer too, obviously, but when people ask, I have to say, "I'm a stay-at-home mom."...
My son turned 13 a few months ago and his behavior is spiraling out of control. Like a lot of parents of teenagers, I am at my wits end and don't know what else to do. Last month during a...
There are several accomplishments that I’m proud of in my six years of marriage, but the thing that brings my heart the most joy is watching my husband be an amazing dad. Our daughters, who are two and four,...
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