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As my twins are bolting into toddlerhood (literally), I find that we need different survival tools to get through the days.
You know the phrase “Mount Washmore,” right? The first time I heard it, I cackled. You see, long before I was a mom, laundry was my nemesis. Washing? Sure. Folding? Eventually. Putting away clothes in the drawers? Ummmm… maybe never. I would save up laundry, wash seven or eight loads in one day, and then […]
I’ll admit it. Before I was a mom, I had some crazy ideas about how I was going to parent my children. For example: I’ll never dress my kids in matching clothes. It’s too cutesy, I thought. My kids have different personalities and, thus, should dress differently. Well, it turns out they want to match. They […]
I don’t like Easter. There, I said it. I have nothing against egg-laying bunnies, fancy baskets, or the resurrection of Jesus. It’s just that grief is a long, difficult process. Easter brings up many, many memories of my over-the-top, holiday-loving dad. Like that time he put his Styrofoam cup of coffee a little too close […]
My daughter just turned 13. From everything I’ve been reading about what it’s like to parent a teenager, you’d think I’d be running for the hills or finding a good therapist. I’m not going to lie — it’s definitely more challenging to have an older child in the home who has strong opinions, heightened emotions, […]
I hope to preserve this innocence of childhood as long as possible — and to keep remembering to share laughs with my kids through it all!
Dear Pregnant Caitlin, Congratulations. This is it. The moment you’ve been dreaming of for years is finally here. After months of negative tests, happy pregnancy announcements from current and former friends, and one consolation tattoo, it’s your turn. You saw those two lines and couldn’t believe it. From here on out, your brain will go a […]
It’s been just over a week since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — yet another tragedy that has raised my anxiety about the safety of our children.
My five-year-old received a letter from my grandmother the other day. She opened it, and upon seeing the slanted, looping letters across the notecard, gasped excitedly, “What language is this?” It was English, of course. But it might as well have been Greek. Because kids rarely see old-school cursive handwriting these days. In a jungle […]
Welp. We’ve had a month. The stomach bug hit our house twice. And while it was mild and only affected two family members, we were all on lockdown in our house. Then we picked up a cold from visiting family members and, once again, each of my children had a mild fever and cough that […]
Recently, some friends and I went to brunch at the Fairmount Grille in Hyde Park. We talked about women from college who went full throttle into the working world instead of pursuing the mommy path after undergrad. After graduating, these women went on to pursue careers in law, medicine, engineering, and business. Many of them completed […]
My daughter has always been described using what I believe to be “stereotypical” little girl descriptors. From the moment her infant lips learned to coo, she hasn’t stopped talking. Learning words has only exacerbated this process. She’s just a little chatterbox! As she stared out the window while learning to read, seemingly ignoring the world around […]
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.