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Redefining Productivity

I am lucky enough to be married to a man who has never once come home and asked me what I did all day. This could be because he values his life, or it could be because I’m a bit of a crazy person when it comes to “accomplishing things.” Babies didn’t even slow me […]

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Addiction, Sobriety, and Showing Up

Three years ago, one of the deepest, darkest desires of my heart, unconfessed until now, was that my older brother would just take off. Maybe move to California, Colorado… anywhere far. Anywhere where he would no longer be a problem, where I wouldn’t dread the middle-of-the-night phone call that was sure to indicate some crisis. Three years […]

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Weathering the Storm

I should have seen it coming. Like dark clouds rolling in, the signs should have been clear as day. Smoldering glares and bursts of attitude all night long; two long days of barely seeing us, and the telltale beginnings of a cold. Like when dangerous weather systems collide, the storm that was brewing was inevitable. […]

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Dear Husband, with Gratitude

Dear Husband, Thanks for cleaning the kitchen every night while we’re all asleep. I know you don’t get enough sleep as a result, but when I come downstairs in the morning and I can see the counter, I feel like I can breathe again. I’m sorry we’ve trashed it already by the time you see […]

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Would You Please Just Eat??? Tips and Tricks for Feeding Toddlers

Right out of the gate, I should be clear: If things like table manners, class, and sophistication are priorities for you, we’re not living in the same world at the moment. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not knocking any of those things, and I have all the respect in the world for anyone who […]

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Embrace the Difficult

The other day my 30-year-old brother ate his 3-year-old’s preschool snacks. A week’s worth of them. For breakfast. Neither the wife nor the child was thrilled. There were reports of tears. This was not an isolated incident. There are those who would say my brother is lacking in self-control. Undisciplined. Impulsive. His colleagues, however, call him […]

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Rejecting the Narrative of the Selfless Mother

Rejecting the Narrative of the Selfless Mother

When my youngest nephew was 2 years old, my sister-in-law had the opportunity to spend a month studying architecture in Japan. She was halfway through obtaining her graduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, a program she started when he was just 4 months old. Brilliantly talented and incredibly driven, she had been working 60-hour […]

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Just Another Birth Story

Neither of my birth stories is super interesting. I mean, the part where they handed a rope to my husband and had us play tug-of-war was sort of unique. Feet in stirrups, lady business hanging out for all to see, and the nurse wanted us to play tug-of-war? Two hours in to what was ultimately four […]

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The Price of Sleep

My friend texted me tonight: “Thoughts on the Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper?” “I have one… they both ‘slept’ in it until about 5 months old.” A few days ago, I answered her questions about the Rock ‘n Play. She can keep the inquiries coming; we probably could have paid for a vacation with all the money we’ve spent […]

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Be the Solution

I scroll through my Facebook feed, and I see so much blame: “If you say ‘all lives matter’ you are part of the problem.” “To my police friend: ‘You are part of the problem.’” “If you support peaceful protest, you are the problem.” #youaretheproblem is its own hashtag. I stare at the screen, yearning to […]

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