My babysitter has a cold and canceled just in case. I have 2.5 hours of conference calls before my son goes to his afternoon VPK class. I've done this before. Over and over and over back in 2020, when everything...
Last December, I found myself sitting at the hospice bedside with my grandfather. He fought a month-long battle with COVID-19, and although he tested negative before his release from the hospital, he passed a short time after. Anticipatory grief...
My husband travels off and on for six months a year. When he gets home from his work trips, I’m normally pretty spent. I work full time and have 3- and 10-year-old boys. By the time we get home...
I don’t spend a lot of time (or money) on my makeup — honestly, maybe 5–10 minutes tops and that includes washing my face. I do work full-time, and when I was going into the office every day, I...
It’s 11 p.m. and I’m sitting in bed with my laptop and Tina Fey keeping me company. Writing for Jacksonville Mom has been such a special and cherished outlet, but right now I’m stressed. Not because I waited until...
Being a working mom can be overwhelming.  You, of course, have the stresses of just being a mom and taking care of tiny humans in between grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, and all that other “adulting.” And then, you...
When my husband finally said, "Babe, I get it," we connected on a whole new level of intimacy. For the last five years, I have been a stay-at-home mom with my children. However, like most stay-at-home moms with growing...
Dear Employer, I just want to thank you for recognizing how our company’s staff kept us in business through the pandemic. When you asked us to work from home, we did. When you asked us to find a way to...
Whether you are a working mom, stay-at-home mom, mom to one or mom to 10, doing laundry is probably one of your least favorite duties. I’ll be honest that at any given time there are usually loads in both...
Did you know that in September, more than 80% of the more than one million people who had left the workforce were women? The percent of American women working is the lowest since 1988. Why? During COVID, parents, especially...
As a kid, when I wasn’t letting myself into our house after school, I was either at my mom’s or dad’s work. At my dad’s office (an Army helicopter hangar), I learned dirty jokes and learned about the different...
Some days I felt stagnant. Dormant. Stale. I mean, I was doing my job and doing it well. But at times, I felt like I was just going through the motions. I was, and still am, a master at my craft, but something...

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