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    I know why you are tired

    Hey, Mama, I know why you are tired. Sure, the baby slept several long stretches, only waking to eat once or twice last night. That doesn’t mean that you slept any better than you did the night before when she was up all night. You are a mommy. Your sleep cycle is unrecognizable, and even […] Read more…

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    Parenting: Nothing more than series of near misses?

    My child stood in the doorway of my bedroom with a big smile. It was 6 a.m., and he was getting dressed for school. The smile was because he thinks it’s hilarious to be naked, as all 6-year-olds do. And, as all 6-year-olds do, he started acting goofy. With his pants around his ankles, he […] Read more…

Laugh About It

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    What is parenting like?

    What’s it like to be a parent? It’s alternating the feeling that you made the best decision ever, and the feeling that you are barely surviving. Parenting is having tiny creatures following you around all day demanding to be fed and then screaming at you for giving them food. It’s stringing together several wonderful days […] Read more…

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    I thought I missed having a newborn. I was wrong.

    When a friend of mine asked if I would be willing to watch her 3-month-old while she went to a doctor’s appointment, I jumped at the chance. Did I want to cuddle a baby for an hour? Obviously. I have been a little sad lately about the fact that my children, 3 and 6, have […] Read more…

Cry About It

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    Before and after

    This is republished with permission from Reiko Palmer Inc. Before I was a mom, I was in the best physical shape of my whole life. Now, I can’t even get through a mile without stopping to walk. But I can throw my 35 lb. little boy on my hip and my kisses make him stop crying. […] Read more…

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    Parenting: Nothing more than series of near misses?

    My child stood in the doorway of my bedroom with a big smile. It was 6 a.m., and he was getting dressed for school. The smile was because he thinks it’s hilarious to be naked, as all 6-year-olds do. And, as all 6-year-olds do, he started acting goofy. With his pants around his ankles, he […] Read more…

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    What am I doing with my life?

    Is it just this stage of life? As I vented to my best friend about my current state of mind, she told me that she thinks we are just in a tough stage of life. You know, the one where every day is chaotic but still somehow routine. We wake up, we do our best […] Read more…

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    What it’s like to have a tender-hearted son

    We hadn’t even reached the end of my parents’ driveway when a tiny sound interrupted the silence in the car. “Mommy, I’m going to try not to cry this time,” my 6-year-old son said, his voice breaking. We had spent almost a week in Ohio for Christmas, surrounded by my family. My son particularly enjoyed […] Read more…

Truth

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    I know why you are tired

    Hey, Mama, I know why you are tired. Sure, the baby slept several long stretches, only waking to eat once or twice last night. That doesn’t mean that you slept any better than you did the night before when she was up all night. You are a mommy. Your sleep cycle is unrecognizable, and even […] Read more…

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    Let your kids make mistakes

    Please, let your kids make mistakes. Do not confuse letting your kids make their own decisions with the notion that you are “letting them win” or “failing to be a parent.” I have been publicly judged for allowing my kids to make their own choices. Frankly, I think it’s a ridiculous notion that we should […] Read more…

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    A tribute to moms who pump

    To the mom using a breast pump in the bathroom stall at work, I’ll just wait out here until you are finished. Don’t want to disrupt. All done? Look, I don’t want to bother you, I just need to tell you that you are amazing. Every day, multiple times a day, I see you try […] Read more…

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    You don’t have kids, and I won’t ask why

    Oh, you don’t have kids? Let me shut up right now. It’s really easy for the topic of children to come up in any conversation I have with anyone. Typically, my kids inject themselves into the dialogue by taking the phone, jumping on my shoulders or tugging at the pants leg of my conversate-mate. Inevitably, […] Read more…

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