My three-year-old’s honest confession: “I’m mad at you. I don’t want to be happy … but I love you.” His scowl as he spat these words at me was so fierce it took me aback. My head spun, and I breathed in. My big, pregnant belly has been making me quite short of breath lately, […]
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I’ve always had dreams of having my kids in tons of extracurricular and summer activities. The whole soccer mom, dance mom, minivan mom, snack mom, room mom, rushing-around-for-my-kids-mom stereotype always sounded so glamorous. Now, as a mom of two with one on the way, I’ve learned a few things about all of the time, dedication […]
School came to an end just last week, and as my high school seniors entered my classroom, their eyes were dancing with excitement and wonder. They are about to enter a totally new stage of their life, and I can’t help but ponder what they will become and how their lives will change as they […]
Meal prep. Two words that towered in front of me like the Great Wall of China. I’m a mom. I have two kids less than two years apart and work full time. How the heck does anyone expect me to take the time to make my meals for the week and have them pre-packaged in […]
Think being a teenager is hard? Try being a pre-teen. You still like kids’ toys, playing outside with your friends, building on MineCraft, and watching the Disney Channel. But you also like “cool” stuff like celebrities, pop music, YouTube, and iPhones. If you’re a girl, you’re probably playing with make-up, but Barbies are only sometimes […]
As a stay-at-home mom of a rambunctious almost-2-year-old boy, I am always on the lookout for fun ideas and things to do with him. Being a former early childhood educator, I am often making lesson plans, activities and games for us to play. It was my husband’s 29th birthday that gave rise to one of […]
It’s all the rage this summer. Slime. “Everybody’s doing it.” Are you? We took a sip of the kool-aid and plunged in head first — literally. It wasn’t pretty. More on that in a bit. It started when my husband went shopping for ingredients this summer and another dad on a similar mission met him […]
As new parents, we had no idea what we were actually doing – or what we would actually need. These items are, for me, Baby Registry Essentials.
Dear Newlywed, Looking back over the last decade of marriage, I have a thing or two to share with your naïve, confident and optimistic little self.
From the last week of June through mid-July, my husband, my 2-year old daughter and I took a road trip from McAllen, TX, to St. Louis, MO to Milwaukee, WI. That, my friends, involved some packing. The trip was over 3,000 miles. My husband had to fly to New Orleans from Milwaukee for work, so I caravanned […]