Six months ago, you could find me posting on the One Mother to Another Facebook page seven or eight times a day. I filled up your News Feeds with pictures of my cluttered living room, regaled you with stories of grocery store meltdowns and commiserated with ...
“Five more minutes.” This is my older son’s habitual plea as my husband and I deposit him in bed each night, entreating us to stay with him as he falls asleep. New to the world of “big boy” novelties—a toddler bed and Lightning McQueen underwear ...
Dear New Mom Friend: So far, we’ve only had a few play dates and we’re still in the process of feeling each other out. The first time we met—that day at the playground when you caught me lusting after your top-of-the-line double stroller from the ...
Today, I am tired of being the one who holds it all together. Maybe that sounds whiny or accusatory. It’s not meant to be either of those things. I am unbelievably grateful for the gift of motherhood and I am appreciative of all that my ...
OMTA mamas, Since we’re at the start of a brand-new year, I wanted to take a minute to check in with all of you about the direction of One Mother to Another. If you’ve been here awhile, you may have noticed that the tone and content of OMTA has changed slightly over the last year […]
The end of the year is always a time of reflection for me. Like many people, I use it as an opportunity to look back on the last 365 days and take stock of where I saw personal growth and where I remained stagnant. Or, more plainly put, where I succeeded and where I failed. […]
As I discussed in my last post, my husband and I are in pretty major debt. We landed in this hole through a combination of credit cards used for things we couldn’t afford, student loans, and car loans. Recently, we’ve been using the Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover to dig ourselves out. If you’re brand […]
The longer I’m a mother, the more I recognize that not everyone is blessed with parents who turn into good grandparents. I hear my girlfriends’ laments of meddlesome mothers and absentee in-laws, parents who overreach and ones who never come around and it makes me realize how fortunate my children are to have not one, […]
On the outside, my family looks like your average middle class household with all the trappings of a successful life. We drive decent cars, we live in a nice house, we have all the necessities and a lot of the little extras, too. There’s always money in the budget for nights when I don’t feel […]
There’s a play gym a few towns over that my kids and I visit occasionally on rainy days. It’s in the basement of an old mill building and looks like the kind of place that had a particularly dreary existence before it was reincarnated as a welcome respite for beleaguered mothers. Replete with bounce houses […]
I LOVE fall. As the daughter of a high school football coach, I was taught to adore the season from a very young age–crisp air, Friday night lights, frozen asses on hard bleachers..the whole nine. Now that I’m older, there’s a lot more to love and I’m determined to get my kids into the spirit, too. […]
The good enough mother forgot picture day last year. It’s not because she didn’t have it marked on her calendar or she missed the notice that went home three weeks before; it’s because there is always something to remember and sometimes a ball must drop in order to juggle the rest. The good enough mother […]
When I first spot it, I’m stretched out across the multicolored tiles of the playroom floor assembling a puzzle with my older son. From this vantage point, it’s very clear what I’m seeing: a huge filmy patch on the otherwise clean floor directly underneath the nearest dining room chair. I have self-diagnosed Cleaning A.D.D.—I often […]
I saw you last week in the Walmart checkout line, wearing rundown flip flops and faded maternity pants, hair hanging down your back in a hastily scraped together French braid. I recognized the maternity pants because I still wear them, too. From back by the tabloid rack, I watched as you endeavored to enter your […]