Shannon Williams

Shannon is a writer, reader, Minnesota native, and Enneagram 1. She and her husband have always been overachievers so they kicked off this whole parenting thing by having three kids in two years. She believes firmly in the power of iced coffee, books, and pedicures. You can find her scribbling her thoughts on motherhood and life at and see her day-in-the-life chaos over on Instagram.

To the Siblings Left Behind

I had prepped all summer for my oldest kids, the twins, to head off to Kindergarten.  We prepared in tangible ways. I checked off the list of school supplies: crayons (both twistable and regular), scissors,...
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Parenting Battles I’m No Longer Interested In Fighting

We’re all familiar with the parenting adage to “choose your battles.” I’ve certainly found it easier over the years to hold on to some things and release others from my hands. I can’t nitpick...
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The Kids Will Be Fine

A year ago, when the world shut down, I did what any reasonable Type-A person would do: immediately crafted a schedule to structure my days with a four-year-old and twin six-year-olds. Included were daily...

Entering My Kids’ Middle Years

How old are your little ones? Maybe they're not so small and you're entering your kids' middle years, you already know things are beginning to shift in your home. It can both provide freedom...

What Self-Care Isn’t

Self-care. Could there be a buzzier, more millennial mom catch-phrase than that? Honestly, I roll my eyes a little at myself just typing it. Not at what it entails: I am here for all the self-care....

Scream Day

Does anyone else feel like they could walk out to their backyard… ...or lock themselves in the bathroom… ...or drive around alone in the car... ...or shove their face into a pillow... ...and let out one long, loud,...

The Course of a Week

“Do less. We can focus on 50-70% of the stuff we did before the crisis hit.” This statement was included in an email I received last March about self-care. I saved these words and came...

Not For Me

A few years ago, after a scroll through Instagram, I decided I was going to become a gardener. Or at least I was going to plant some things and weed them and water them...

Creating Rituals Instead of Resolutions

Am I the only one who feels as though setting resolutions feels a little too much right now? To be honest, I feel that every year. Resolutions and choosing a word and all that “new...

We Have A Lot of Stuff Going On Here

“Mommy, I have a lot of stuff going on here,” my daughter complains, staring at the screen of her iPad during distance learning, a scene that’s become all too familiar in our house. Remnants...

Election Day: Prioritizing Kindness & Staying Friends

Here we are. Election day. A probably unnecessary reminder, unless you’ve been living under a rock that’s been buried by an avalanche on a deserted island that’s also contained by a force field, in...

A Winter Prep List

I am one of the approximately three people who have never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones. (I know.) Yet even I know its tagline: Winter is coming. Maybe (ahem, definitely) because I’ve...

On Figuring Things Out Again… We’ve Got This.

On March 12th, my kids tumbled off the school bus for spring break. I don’t have any photos from that day. I looked, but only found a collection of screenshots on my phone. An...

A Pandemic Date

It was a perfect day for a date. The weather was sunny and warm but not overbearing. There was a light breeze. The restaurant patio was surrounded by trees and flowers; everything was lush...