Everyone tells you about the "terrible twos." If you're lucky, you'll even get warned about "threenagers." And we all know the teenage years can be challenging. But, no one warned me about nine. Who would have thought that a...
To cap off 2020 and ring in the new year, we wanted to share our top 10 most-read articles from this year. They are stories of motherhood, daily life in the midst of a pandemic, real experiences, and making...
When I became a mom for the first time, I wasn't prepared for the journey ahead. My daughter was born two weeks early and her lungs were under-developed. She couldn't breathe on her own. While recovering from a Cesarean...
March 14, 1997 was an ordinary Friday. I remember thinking that morning that Easter was rather early that year, March 30. This particular Friday was a teachers’ professional development day, and we had all gathered in the theater to...
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, I whispered to her that...
Over the last few weeks, many of us have had some serious changes in our daily lives. For me, the biggest change has been from spending the last 21 years of motherhood working away from home, to now working...
Has there ever been a more fraught back to school season than this one? I can't recall a single one. Parenting during a pandemic has thrown all of us some curve balls. Child care issues, meal planning, bedtime shenanigans...
I was recently contemplating a phenomenon I've encountered throughout my life that always makes me pause: people sharing strong opinions at unnecessary or unprompted times. I've been in the traditional workplace for 14 years and have witnessed the following on...
The word “autism” entered into my most used vocabulary approximately four years ago when my youngest child’s pediatrician became concerned about some noticeable delays. He ordered a preliminary test called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) to...
My daughter entered kindergarten this year. While she had some anxieties at first, she's really grown to love it, and so have I! Here are five reasons why... 1. The Art So much art and worksheets daily. The pile is bigger...
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 promise would get progressively harder...

The New Normal

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This. The new normal. Will it ever be normal? It's anything but normal. I hope it's not here to stay, this new normal. I don a mask and armed with my grocery list, I march into Publix. I double and triple check to make...
Six months ago I went from working in a box (aka a cubicle) for 15 years to suddenly working from the comfort of home. It was literally a dream come true for me, minus the pandemic, of course. In...
The days of diapers, potty seats, and pull-ups in my family are long gone. But I still remember it like it was yesterday... One of my children potty trained pretty quickly, while the other took longer. We consulted our pediatrician,...
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