Mental Health Doesn’t Take a Day Off

Mental Health Doesn’t Take a Day Off

It is before 7am on New Year's day and I'm sitting on my couch, having been up for over an hour, replaying how I just totally spiraled out of control because my child's mental health needs don't take paid holidays. I've not even had coffee before I've choked on a full...

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Extreme Parent Christmas

Extreme Parent Christmas

The children were nestled after bounding around, And surviving a two hour epic meltdown. The mom she was tired, her coffee was cold. After readying for Christmas she felt 80 years old. The stockings were hung with command hooks--no fuss, And she balanced the Reese's...

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To the Introvert During the Holidays…

To the Introvert During the Holidays…

I see you sulking back to a corner of the crowded family room, volunteering to do dishes (your most hated chore) just to buy yourself 20 minutes of alone time in the kitchen where the noise is manageable and the conversation exists only between you and the dish...

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To the Mom Who Just Isn’t Feeling the Holiday Spirit

To the Mom Who Just Isn’t Feeling the Holiday Spirit

Solidarity, sister. The holidays are stressful and require copious amounts of liquid holiday cheer delivered by #Starbucks or #Franzia and I'm Here. For. It. If you're a mom who can decorate November 1st and have a Hallmark-ready home while ringing in the holidays...

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To The Woman Sitting in Her Car for Just 5 More Minutes…

To The Woman Sitting in Her Car for Just 5 More Minutes…

To the woman sitting in her car for just 5 more minutes... I see you. I am you. Today it is soaking in just a couple more minutes of quiet before after school pick-up--when things get wild, and rowdy, and out of control. When the day gets turned on its head with...

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Dear Young Women

Dear Young Women

Dear Young Women (either newly or currently unmarried), Lean in for some hard truths that will open your wide, pre-wife eyeballs and possibly blow your mind. Here's how my husband is romantic and shows me his love after nearly 15 years together. Spoiler alert: It in...

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Slow Down

Slow Down

I have trouble slowing down. Finding time to rest is non-existent and if I were to have a spare few minutes, my natural reaction is to hurry up and fill it with errands, or chores, or any matter of productivity so I can check items off of my never-ending to-do list....

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To The Mom Who Is Questioning Herself Today…

To The Mom Who Is Questioning Herself Today…

Lean in close, friend. Because you REALLY need to hear these words and let them sink into your bones. You. Are. Enough. Whether you breast or bottle fed, work outside the house, stay at home, or work from home. No matter if you are paycheck to paycheck, a trust fund...

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Today Is Picture Day

Today Is Picture Day

Today is Picture Day Here's the thing, friends. When I say I don't care what other people think, I actually mean those words. I even kind of love going against the expected. So, as I marched our three-year-old daughter into preschool on picture day this morning in her...

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My Anxiety Doesn’t Look Like It’s Supposed To…

My Anxiety Doesn’t Look Like It’s Supposed To…

The goth girl sitting alone in the cafeteria, the middle aged mom who can't get out of bed, the overworked boss whose frazzled demeanor makes everyone clam up in their cubicles. Friends, anxiety isn't always properly depicted in an after-school special. My anxiety...

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Here’s Why Tired Moms Keep Going…

Here’s Why Tired Moms Keep Going…

Today I've packed lunches, bagged Cheerios, and whooshed little feet out the door to make it to drop off on time. I've done eleventy loads of laundry without a single thank you. I went to three different grocery stores to save money and use coupons, buy healthy foods,...

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Today My Daughter Dressed Herself

Today My Daughter Dressed Herself

Today my daughter dressed herself. I'm talking tall polka dotted socks, bike shorts with donuts on them, and a glittery snowman long sleeved shirt...and it's 85 degrees. She beamed with pride and I told her with full sincerity that she looked awesome. I was proud of...

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I Yell At My Kids. I Do.

I Yell At My Kids. I Do.

Here's the deal, I yell at my kids. I do. There. I said it. Let all the Judgy Karens grab their torches and pitchforks and press the last number to CPS on their desk phone in HR because clearly I'm the worst parent ever. Look, I've written about coming from a yelling...

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Today I Quit Parenting

Today I Quit Parenting

Adulting, wifing, momming, careering...all of it. I quit. All of us who have kids can spot the sleepy newborn mom roaming aimlessly the Target Dollar Spot as if she doesn't know what day it is. We have all seen the toddler mom who is bent down to drag her screaming...

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When The Rain Is More Than Rain

When The Rain Is More Than Rain

Because sometimes the rain is more than rain--its a downright life-threatening storm. Because it's in the moments that follow the fear and the thunder that shed the most light on what we have to be grateful for. Yesterday we had to skip a birthday party--one of our...

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When It’s Messy in the Maybe Moments…

When It’s Messy in the Maybe Moments…

Can I just be real with you for a minute? No. I mean REALLY real. Like the kind of real you don't tell a lot of people because then they'll know you're a certifiable crazy lady. Okay. Lean in. Here it goes. I. Don't. Know. What. I'm. Doing. I don't. Not even a little...

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When What We See Online Isn’t Parenting Reality

When What We See Online Isn’t Parenting Reality

In the 60 minutes before school each day, a lot can happen. Shoes are lost, breakfast goes uneaten, lunches are packed, clothes are put on, then changed, then put on again. In our house, some tiny glimpses of the wee hours can look like this--an older brother lovingly...

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To the Mama Sending Her Special Needs Child to School Today

To the Mama Sending Her Special Needs Child to School Today

Giiiiirrrrllll, I feel you. I mean, I feel you. So. Hard. I cried when I took my boy to preschool for the first time and I sobbed like a newborn when I dropped him off for kindergarten. We all do it. But taking your child to someone else to care for and manage their...

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Dear Dads Parenting Children with Behavior Disorders

Dear Dads Parenting Children with Behavior Disorders

First, let me applaud you--for parenting, not babysitting. For hanging in there when insults and toys are being thrown. For sticking around when other men would've said, "This is just too hard." Fatherhood in the 2000s looks different than when we were growing up. We...

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When a Special Needs Parent has a Hard Week

When a Special Needs Parent has a Hard Week

Friend, we need to begin with the disclaimer that there is no parenting contest. We aren't trying to participate in some jacked up motherhood one upper competition. All parents struggle sometimes. Every mom gets totally worn out. We've all had weeks where we survive...

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