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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No Hard Feelings

No Hard Feelings

You GUYS!! It's been foooorrreeevvvveerrr since I hopped on to (re)introduce myself and there are so many new faces up in here! So, allow me to take the mic for a sec. My name is Brynn and I'm a lot of things: a wife, a mama, a writer, a person who hates real pants, a...

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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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When The Dam Breaks

When The Dam Breaks

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the ones. Nothing earth shattering happens, but the few small pieces of bad news that may have otherwise just bummed you out, instead makes you painfully aware that you've apparently been stuffing your feelings for way...

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To the Mama Who Feels Like She was Meant for More

To the Mama Who Feels Like She was Meant for More

Before we go any further, let's just address the self righteous Karens who are already giving me the side eye and disapproving flip of their severely angled haircut after reading only the title of this article. Listen, sisters. I'm not saying that I don't love being a...

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Why Do Our Kids Have More Meltdowns with Mom?

Why Do Our Kids Have More Meltdowns with Mom?

Friends, today has been a DAY. It is barely lunchtime and it has been a daaaaaaayyyyyyy. We spent the last four days traveling and reuniting with old friends, swimming in the hot sun and laughing until our bellies hurt. And today, my husband went back to work and my...

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How to Certify Your Tiny Home

How to Certify Your Tiny Home

Our family of four researched for a year before deciding to downsize. After wading through overwhelming medical debt, struggling to battle school systems to meet our son’s special needs, and feeling house poor because of a lack of employment opportunities in the rural...

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This Morning’s Mom Truths

This Morning’s Mom Truths

I roll to one side and crack open a tired eyelid to see that it's not even six am. The sun hasn't considered coming up yet and the sound of the rain beating down on our aluminum roof is drown out by the billowing coming from our kids' room. It's now 6:10 am. We've...

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This is What Extreme Parenting Looks Like

This is What Extreme Parenting Looks Like

This is what extreme parenting looks like. I am honest to a fault, raw and vulnerable, holding little back because I believe the more open we are with our testimony about the truth behind raising a child with behavior disorders, the more other parents like us may feel...

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What It Really Feels Like To Be A Stay At Home Parent

What It Really Feels Like To Be A Stay At Home Parent

I wish people knew. I wish people knew that I am not in yoga pants for the third day in a row out of convenience or even my complete feeling of giving up. This is what I am wearing because I am moving All. Day. Long. I am climbing to get my risk-taking toddler, or on...

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I’m Not A Cool Mom. I’m A Regular Mom.

I’m Not A Cool Mom. I’m A Regular Mom.

Sorry, Regina George. I'm the absolute antithesis of your surgically perked, perfect haired, wanting to be young and hip mama. In fact, as I was pleasantly reminded of my upcoming birthday next week by my well-intentioned husband, it was reinforced that age has plowed...

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It’s Just a Passi, Karen.

It’s Just a Passi, Karen.

Our daughter will be three in April and she still takes a passifier when she sleeps. I'll pause for the Karens to judge. With our son, removing the passi when he turned one wasn't a big deal. He didn't care too much about it. Our little girl LOVES her passi and always...

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Why Moms Should Stop Hiding Fears and Frustration

Why Moms Should Stop Hiding Fears and Frustration

Why do we spend more time apologizing than voicing our concerns, needs, or wants? When did it become shameful to just vent? Just because I've had a really frustrating day and I am looking more forward to my kids' bedtime and a 9pm glass of wine than I am for another...

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To The Grandparent Who Is My Kid’s Best Friend

To The Grandparent Who Is My Kid’s Best Friend

Like it happened yesterday, I can remember belly laughing over hour-long games of Dominoes, always diligent as my fiesty grandma would cheat in a second and never let me win just because I was a kid. She'd dominate in memory, checkers, skip-bo, you name it. I stood no...

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To The Maxed Out Mama

To The Maxed Out Mama

As I sit, staring at the mountain of dirty dishes and miles of sippy cups lining the counters, I feel like I am at my motherhood breaking point.I don't want to deal with another sleepless night. I don't want to clean up another food spill. And Lord help me if I step...

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When Women Work Together For Good, Actual Magic Happens

When Women Work Together For Good, Actual Magic Happens

Lately I've been in a funk. Not just any typical gloomy mood, but one unlike anything I've felt before. One with insomnia and days of sleep, with no food that tastes good and total numbness or alllllll the emotions. So, psychically, I've been a dumpster fire....

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