For those of you who don't already know how our friendship began, Vicky and I met almost nine years ago in a moms' workout group called Stroller Strength. Having both just given birth to our first babies, we found...
Oh I know, toddlers can be little jerks. I have two 2-year-olds, and when they are both face down on the pavement screaming in protest over leaving their older brother's baseball practice, there's not much I can do but...
Act 1, Scene 1: 4-Year-Old, shouting (or his regular voice since they’re the same): I don’t want to put my shoes on! 2019 Mom, calmly with cheer and understanding: I see that you’re frustrated and aren’t feeling happy about getting your...
On a day when all four of my kids were out of school for some random holiday, it was warm enough to be outside. So we went for a walk to the playground and stayed until my youngest pooped,...
I will never forget the moment when my 3-year old daughter Audrey said to me, "Mommy, put your phone down!!" And this was after I already said I would do whatever she had requested in 5 MORE minutes. It...
I thought I was doing all the right things. I sent him to the best school we could afford. He was involved in every sport and activity he was interested in. He had a great crew of boys and...
Mamas, raise your hands if you're with me. You want to go somewhere, have a little fun with your kids, or maybe run an errand, head to the gym — whatever. But there's one thing stopping you from going:...
In light of much that has happened in the last few years for women and girls, the good and the bad, I want my daughters to know a few important things. We have so many strong, amazing women in...
One-year-old Claire Milter was rushed to Orange Park Medical Center’s emergency room two years ago after she was found unresponsive in her home pool. Upon arrival, the emergency team acted fast and were able to quickly resuscitate and stabilize baby Claire. Since...
Recently, not one but two people commented on the parenting choice I was making in a particular split-second of a moment. One I had never spoken to before in my life; the other was an acquaintance. The first comment,...
When my oldest was born, I couldn’t wait for all the “firsts.” First smile, first laugh, first time she rolled over… I was there for all of it, most of the time with my phone camera perched, ready to experience...
You can’t walk down the aisles at Target without being smacked in the face with the latest trendy self-help feel-good platitude plastered on a mug or a sweatshirt. I’m all for gorgeous hand lettering, and Brené Brown is my...

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