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 ...
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 […]
Supermom. Every time someone uses the term to refer to me, I bristle at the inaccuracy. Often, this praise is thrown around by people who don’t know me all that well. They see the big picture facts—that I stay home and raise two young boys, that my house looks fairly clean in pictures, that I run a blog […]
Yesterday afternoon I had the rare opportunity to run errands with just one child in tow. My older son, Chase, was still down for his nap so I took my younger son, Sam, with me to grocery shop and pick up our weekly Walmart haul while my husband did some work around the house. Normally […]
I’ve always had an aversion to the phrase “boys will be boys.” As a woman, the double standard seems entirely unfair; certain behaviors that are laughed off as being characteristic of boys are deemed immature or unladylike as soon as a girl participates in them. When I hear that particular phrase, I can just imagine […]