Author Archive | Christie

If I Could Turn Back Time

I had my first child almost 16 years ago. I was 26 and full of excitement, terror, and toggling between “When will the baby get here?” and “Let’s keep her in a little bit longer.” The only thing I really knew about being a mother, I’d learned from babysitting and watching Family Ties. At best, I was […]

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Raising Teenagers: A Day in the Life

If I had a dollar for every time a parent of young kids asked me what it’s like to parent teenagers, I’d be rich. The questions range from mildly curious to positively terrified. “Are they always moody?” “Do they stop wanting to spend time with you?” “Are they selfish human beings leaving nothing but a […]

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We Can Disagree… Respectfully

There are certain trends I can get behind. Accepting leggings as pants? Yes, please! Binge watching TV shows? Um, is there a better way to watch television? The trend I’m noticing lately, however, is not one I can get behind. It’s the idea that something can only be accepted as true if it’s wrapped up […]

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More Than Just a Facebook Image

A friend of mine recently felt the need to clarify her choice of Facebook profile image in a status update. She was worried her photo choice would be misconstrued as supporting, or not supporting, a current group and cause. The need for her to justify this caused me to wonder… When did our personal choice […]

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To My Teenage Daughter: I See You

Believe it or not, the above images were taken on the same day. One depicting my 15-year-old daughter as the little girl I’ve always known. The other a stark reminder that she’s growing up faster than my mind can process. Much like her transition into womanhood, I’m stuck between being the mom I’ve always been […]

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