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"Ma'am, I'm going to need for you to calm down, so your child doesn't get even more upset." Deep breath. "Okay," I squeaked, as I backed into our walk-in closet so I could better hear the dispatcher in the midst...
Mothering Sunday is what Mother’s Day is called in the United Kingdom. How fitting, that it is a verb and not a noun. Celebrating the noun is not really the object here. It’s celebrating the verb of mothering. Because mothering,...
It is 11:23 p.m. on Sunday night. I am sitting on my foyer floor spraying what must be the equivalent of half a bottle of Shout over grass- and clay-stained white baseball pants wondering what kind of new fresh...
In high school, I probably had some slight depression and anxiety. Back in the day, there was no social media though, and no one really talked about mental health in teenagers. In retrospect, after my first baby, I probably...
Most days I’m just trying to make it through. That’s not how I wanted to go through motherhood, nope. I thought I’d be all flags flying, trumpets blasting, riding through parenting on a big white horse, soother to all...
There are many, many difficult, impossible days when you have young children. The days you slog through without sleep. The days when no one stops crying, nothing gets done, you never get to shower or eat, and when you...
Last night, our 4-year-old son woke up and came into our room before 5 a.m. For the third night in a row. He asked if it was Wednesday. He asked if it was Christmas. He asked if he had...
In March, as some mamas were shaming other mamas for simply asking questions, others ignored the noise and saw opportunities to start businesses, build and restore strong relationships, and serve their communities. This is not unique to the age of...
I wrote a piece on my blog a couple of months ago that, by my standards, went viral. In my opinion, it was pretty simple. It literally broke down, in a list of 13 items, what it really means when...
What started out as just looking for a new “family car” with my mom ended up with me purchasing a minivan at the end of the day. I had no intention of getting a minivan at all. As a...
When I look at the clock and it's only 8:30 p.m. and all four of my kids are asleep, a silent "Yippeeee!" goes off in my head. Thirty whole minutes to myself before I have to go to sleep in...
Let’s face it — every day is a sh*t show in most of our households. From well before sunup until we can no longer keep our eyes open, we are doing whatever it takes to remain sane and find...

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