Saying “Yes, please” and “No, thank you” can ease our burdens. If we do, we make better mothers, better partners, better friends, and better selves.
Author Archive | Emily Fahle
You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, Know when to run. You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ When the dealing’s done. I heard this song on the radio the other day, and as […]
This year, I came up with 33 ideas for stocking stuffers that are neither plastic nor candy. Try some of these to fill your stockings this Christmas!
My dad has a gift of connecting with babies. He really is the baby whisperer. When I had my first baby four years ago, I would go to my parents’ house for much-needed respite. My dad would greet us in the driveway and take my daughter on lengthy tours of the back yard. Papa and […]
Autumn brings so many terrific seasonal delights — apple picking, cider doughnuts, all the pumpkin things. The cooler weather also means fall fairs are in full steam. Our family really enjoys hitting a fair or two throughout the season. My husband gets his funnel cake fix, and the kids love seeing the animal booths and […]
I love surprises. I love experiencing surprises, and I love keeping surprises even more. We were astonished in November when we discovered we were expecting our third baby. As my due date is right around the corner, I wanted to share why my husband and I have always keep our babies’ genders a surprise until […]
Summer is here! Ice cream adventures make for the best memories. Here’s a list of homemade ice cream shops near Boston that are sure to hit the spot! Christina’s Home Made Ice Cream (Cambridge) With unique flavor offerings like green tea, cinnamon rice pudding, and coconut Butterfinger, there is sure to be a new favorite pick […]
There are 8,700 children in the Massachusetts foster system. That’s 8,700 children without permanent homes. To observe national foster care month, I interviewed my friend who has been a foster mom for three years. I always knew she was a beautiful person, but what came out of this interview touched me even more. How did you become […]
I have a hard time letting go of things. My fellow Boston mom bloggers Lynzi and Alexandra have successfully minimized their “stuff.” I have not succeeded in changing my mindset about the clutter in my life. But I have recently found a few companies that will take some of the items I’ve been holding on to […]
I get it now, Mom. I haven’t been a mother for all that long. And I’m sure I’ll have more “Eureka!” moments along the way. But there’s so much I understand now — about you, about my upbringing, about our family values. I never understood why you wouldn’t let me just pop in to my friend’s house at any given […]
Food. Bring all the food when a new baby is born. After my babies were born, I found it was hard to pull together breakfast, lunch, and healthy (ish) snacks. Dinner was a tiny bit easier, because my husband was usually home and could help out — or I would just dial my favorite delivery number. While […]
In January there was the Women’s March. In March there was “A Day Without a Woman” for International Women’s Day. I want my daughters to live in a society in which they are respected and have equal opportunity to their male peers. Yet with this recent surge in feminist awareness, many times I still feel like a […]
I was recently at a playgroup with my daughters, where all the mothers were sitting in the kitchen enjoying coffee and visiting with each other. One little guy left the rambunctious fun in the other room, approached his mother, and said, “Mama, I want to play!” She glanced down at her steaming cup of coffee […]
In an effort to recognize the amazing moms in the Boston community, we are seeking out some of these extraordinary mothers to hear more about their lives and gather their words of wisdom. Liz Conrad founded her non-profit organization, Viv’s Give, in honor of her daughter, Vivienne, in 2014. Viv’s Give provides free diapers, formula, and baby […]
I have a few friends who are currently expecting their first babies. I know my friends will be terrific mothers, but there is a gentle reminder new mothers should hear: Some days you won’t be that good. Some days you won’t be that good of a friend. You will be knee deep in learning your brand […]