Every time I meet a mom with high school aged children, and hear her talking about her kids’ SAT scores, college visits, prom, getting a car, and dating, I think there really are new levels of challenges and adventures...
I don't know about you, but New Year's resolutions kind of stress me out. Each year January rolls around, and I feel obligated to set goals for the new year. Illusions of grandeur fill my head as I consider...
It’s a baby! The news of a little one soon to join a family most often comes with a flurry of excitement and preparations to be made. It’s a good thing you generally have nine months of prep time...

Our Share Of Scars

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My phone stayed in the car when I went in to pick up one of my two kids from daycare.  In the meantime, a message popped up.   I checked it upon returning to my car, expecting a robocall, but...

On A Winning Streak

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Little snow cyclones whipped across the road ahead of me as I blink, blink, blinked the tiny icicles from my eyelashes. I could feel brow-sicles forming above my eyes. I slowed to bat at my buff with my puffy...
At Stages Theatre Company, we know the many benefits of theatre and its ability to break down barriers, and grow empathy. The Open Door Program allows Stages to expand the wonderful gift of theatre to families that might not...
As the cool weather settles in, I thought it would be a good time to bust some more of those health myths that I hear so often from parents. You can see my first round of answers in my...
On your front door hangs a beautifully rustic green and red wreath. Your Christmas cards are in the mailbox, garland is wrapped around the stair banister, your Grandma's favorite nativity scene adorns your table. Your tree is lit up,...
This past year has been one of those major milestone years for our family: 2019 has been a one. Our family had a new baby in June, my oldest started her first year of preschool, and we have gone...
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The Santa Decision

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There isn't a single aspect of raising children that we get to take for granted. Even the most mundane, daily parenting decisions that have been made over and over by billions of people for thousands of years have to...
I slumped into the rocking chair, settled my four month old into nursing, and then began to cry. I was so exhausted, in all the ways a new mom is exhausted - sleepless nights, constant demands, uncertainties about this...
Mom. Three simple letters that come together to form a word that carries so much meaning, so much emotion, so much love. Countless times a day the call of "Mom!" rings in our ears interrupting, beckoning, and captivating us....
This is not sponsored, but instead a motherhood public service announcement... I visited the quietest place on earth. Because some days, my soul longs for quiet. A chance to catch my breath, think an uninterrupted thought, and give my...
My 4-year-old pre-kindergartener recently asked me, “Amma (mom), when do I get to have my own phone?” I was taken aback, wondering where is this coming from?! As we talked about it, he mentioned that whenever he picked up...

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Refreshed and Renewed: Vacation Bound

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Dear Mamas, "Refreshed and renewed" are the first words I wrote in my journal on January 3rd, 2020, as I sat looking out at a...

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