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Why Do I Get Crap For Having ‘Only’ One Child?

I get this question a lot — I’m sure many of you do, too. Mainly by strangers, but sometimes by acquaintances who don’t know me well enough. “Do you have other children?” I normally respond with, “No, he’s my only one.” Which is usually followed by the inquisitor to frown or give me some other sympathetic […]

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High on Social Media: When Somebody Doesn’t Like Your Post

We all love Facebook, right?! Except for when we don’t. One minute it’s all smiles and laughs and nodding in agreement to somebody’s post. The next it’s feeling bad about yourself, getting angry at a friend’s comment and just feeling icky, either about yourself or somebody else. It’s a roller coaster of emotions. Even the most seasoned […]

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I Get Knocked Down… But I Get Up Again

Two years ago, I trained. I trained REALLY hard. I had my will tested the entire race. In the end, I felt like I failed… remember this? The sweet lady in the med tent tried to cheer me up in between my tears, but the nagging voice in my ear let me know I needed […]

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Screen Safety: What Every Parent Needs To Know

Protecting our children is every parent’s most important job, but many feel outmatched when it comes to the virtual world. We struggle to keep up with all the apps available, let alone the updates that seem to be released the second we finally understand something. We try to be vigilant about snooping through our children’s tablets and phones, only […]

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Why I Didn’t Stay for the Kids

It’s true what they say about the 7-year itch. But what about the 8th, 9th, and 10th years? Sometimes, my marriage still itches. Ten years is a long time to do anything over and over again. Most people don’t stay in a job longer than a few years before they move on to reenergize their career. I […]

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The Day My Daughter Thanked Me for Letting Her Clean Her Room

When I was pregnant, I remember I was terrified of parenting. Of course I knew all the stuff I should know, like how to change a diaper, swaddle a newborn — so on and so on. What I didn’t know was how to parent that bundle of joy. But do any of us? 
My first […]

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I’ll Always Want Another Baby, But I Don’t Want More Kids!

This weekend, I cleaned out my twins’ closet. My son is giant, 20 pounds at eight months, and pretty much skipped straight from six-month clothes to 12-month clothes. I missed a box, stored under the bed, of hand-me-downs that he had already outgrown, and there were things in the closet I knew didn’t fit him anymore. […]

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365 Days in the Life of a Pageant Mom

Please don’t think that this is all about tiaras, sashes, spray tans, big dresses, bigger hair, 5” heels, bling jewelry and a mom who’s living out her beauty-queen dreams through her daughter. My daughter has never competed in a pageant and is more interested in catching lizards, playing in the dirt (lovely) and riding her […]

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