Mommy Martyrdom

Day after day, I see fluffy inspirational quotes and images of what motherhood and family life are supposed to be. The images and quotes typically have an airy and serene feel to them, with their pastel colors and bleached smiles.  The quotes wax poetic about how being a parent is the single most important part of…

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Plotting Babies

I feel like my babies hear me say “I’m getting up at 6am to work on the yard and get things done around here” and they begin to plot on me: “No, mom should sleep in and get some rest.” “I got it! Let’s keep her up all night long so when 6am comes she’s…

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Killing Santa Claus

Welcome to another holiday season. The Christmas trees are up at the mall. Beautifully tacky lights are up everywhere. We’re all spending too much money and stressed out. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year! But this time there’s something a bit troubling lurking beneath my festive mirth. Is this the year Santa Claus…

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My Mother’s Day Meltdown

This year was my worst Mother’s Day yet. While many people were getting breakfast in bed or snuggling up to their children or, my personal favorite, taking the day off from the business of motherhood and the kids, my day was significantly different. First, I made the mistake of not realizing that I had booked…

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Weathering the Infant Storm

Many couples believe that a new baby will bring them closer together so they embark upon the journey of parenthood with daydreams filled with baby giggles and that fresh powdery baby smell. As the new mommy’s belly begins to grow, they find themselves romanticizing what it’s going to be like once the little one has…

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