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last words from my dad

Last Words From My Dad

“You know, being a parent isn’t as easy as you think, you’ll see.” Those were some of the last words my dad ever spoke to me during a heated conversation. If anyone has met me, you might understand how a motorcycle driving, leather vest clad man and I never saw eye to eye. My dad […]

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anxiety

I’m Not Missing THAT Anxiety

There are many things that I’m missing from life before the coronavirus. I’m longing to spend warm afternoons at the park with my family, leisurely stroll Target without wearing a mask and gloves, and opening my children’s backpacks to see what they’ve done at school each day. I am NOT missing my social anxiety. It […]

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grieving self-quarantine

Grieving My Self-Quarantine

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many of us to suffer a loss in some form. It has affected our mental and physical health. It has made us completely change our lives, careers, and daily routines overnight. With every loss comes grief and recovery. Time spent with our families is a beautiful benefit of this loss, […]

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St. Patrick's Day

Our Family Leprechaun

There is something about the last couple of months of winter that could drive a mom mad. Especially now that we are all trapped at home. And spring starts to tease us with warmer weather, only for winter temperatures to come back in full force. The hours between nap and dinner also tend to test […]

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big kid milestones

Unexpected Firsts

One recent weekend my children had a first. It wasn’t something I was looking for like I had when they were babies. It was something that struck me as we were in the moment and filled me with joy. We went sleigh riding. It was something we had never attempted due to lack of equipment, […]

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Today I sulked.

Today I Sulked

On the last day of 2019, social media was riddled with people comparing where and who they were a decade ago versus today. Others were giving inspirational quotes and reviewing their resolutions. For me… On the last day of the decade, I was filled with anxiety and sadness – and I sulked. I sulked because […]

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potty training

Tis the Season…To Potty Train

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to potty train your child. My children all have birthdays later in the year (December 2014 and October 2016) and were two years old and showing interest in the toilet before the holiday season. Santa Claus himself was crucial to our potty training success. He very thoughtfully left […]

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thankful for mom tribe

Thankful for My Village

All too often when people see me with my three children the one question they ask is, “Do you have any help?” I say no and many tend to delve deeper. They ask about my parents – deceased, my siblings – none, my husband’s parents – deceased, and his siblings – a brother also deceased. […]

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panicked parenting

Panicked Parenting

It happened again, this time as we were leaving the gym. A random, out of the blue, seemingly unexplained tantrum that was very loud and drew the side eyes of strangers and other moms. I panicked; I didn’t know what was wrong and I just wanted us out of the public eye. I tucked one […]

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