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I have a daughter and a son. Right now the bond between them is magical and I don’t want it to ever change. Seems pretty reasonable to me. My daughter came first. We didn’t know until she arrived if she was a...
When you’re pregnant, everyone says life will change. I remember people telling me that and thinking, “Duh... I know. We’ve waited and worked hard to get pregnant. We’re ready!” But no matter how ready you think you are, no...
My split from the father of my children did not start off as a peaceful separation. Over the years, as we worked through many challenges, we came up with simple rules to abide by. The rules are meant to...
My sister-in-law once walked into the bathroom with groggy, glasses-free eyes, said good morning to my brother who was brushing his teeth, and sat down to use the toilet. My brother quickly said, "You know, I'm not your husband." You...
I have three good friends from college who I never see and barely speak to. We do group texts during football season when our college team is playing or when someone has a baby, but besides that, we glean...
Do you and your partner ever go on day dates? Getting dressed up for dinner and drinks is always an exciting and welcome change from my casual, toddler-filled day-to-day, but there is something sweet and unique about a day...
We know that friendships are powerful sources of life and help us build self-confidence. What a gift both of my children have had in building strong bonds with others. Yet, there have been periods of time where they've struggled...
When it comes to surviving parenthood, mom friends rank right up there with food, sleep, even caffeine. But not all mom friends are created equal. In fact, some may be holding you back or even dragging you down. It’s...
We call my sister “The Professional.”  Seeming to have really good answers to every question I’ve ever asked her about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, she’s been through it all with her own three kids.  And when her youngest started...
"And what do you say?" I asked my four-year-old with the tone that tells her she knows the answer. "I don't want to say 'Please!' Can't I just have it?" She was exasperated, not whiny. Vulnerable, not defiant.  Without another word,...

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