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Just Say No: Setting Boundaries During the Holidays

Do you feel exhausted during the holidays?  Overextended and unsatisfied?  Do you feel like you’re walking on egg shells?  Trying to please everyone and make sure they’re all happy?  Do you feel anxious amidst the busyness, envying those that seem to be at peace?   Then it might be time to set some boundaries. Boundaries […]

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My Kids Have Rights, Too

Picture this: It’s a beautiful bright sunny day in August. It’s hotter than Hades out because we live in the mid-south. I’ve dragged my children into the car and out of it more than a few times. We’re all a bit sweaty and flustered. As we are leaving Target my oldest daughter, Evie, looks up […]

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It’s Not My Season

Parenthood brings forth a lot of growth and self-awareness.  Actually, parenthood can make you feel nothing like yourself, but amazingly self-aware, for perhaps, the first time ever.  I think much of life prior to having kids is viewing yourself the way you want to be; who you want to be.  For the longest time, I […]

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Lessons My Children Have Taught Me

When we bring children into this world, our job is to teach, nurture, guide and love them. I’ve been at this job called motherhood for 17 years and I think that I have learned more from my children than I ever thought I would. But there are a few lessons that stand out. Lesson 1.  […]

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Dear Teachers, You Matter

All of a sudden, here I am in the middle of my kitchen bawling like a big fat sad cry baby.  We had one of those nights where everything was going wrong.  Practice for my 6-year-old ran late, in the rain and he was crying because he didn’t want what I had fixed for dinner that […]

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The Lies Moms Tell Themselves

Step into my office.  Have a seat on my comfortable couch.  Lean in and listen.  I’m about to give you some free therapy.  Don’t worry, you need to hear this.  We all do.  And you will feel better afterwards.  You will leave feeling lighter.  You will be more empowered.  It’s time to expose the lies. […]

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This Morning I Was Pregnant

This morning, I was pregnant. This afternoon, I am not. The last time I could say that, I had a baby to hold. A crying, red-faced, tiny being that I instinctively comforted and rocked. This time, I’m the one who is crying. I am the red-faced, fragile person in need of comfort. My arms are empty. My womb, created to […]

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Choose Kindness

“You can’t come to my birthday party…” I know every mom on the planet has heard this phrase in some form – whether your child was on the saying or receiving end. Kindness is an invaluable trait and as a mom, it is my job to raise kind children who encourage, help, serve and befriend […]

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Why Cancer Patients Need a Good Bra {and it’s not what you think!}

CANCER. It’s a complete sucker punch. And when it happens to someone we love, IT. SUCKS. We’re desperate to help, but feel helpless. I’ve had cancer. I’ve supported both of my parents through it. My strategy? BE A BRA. Lift up. Provide support. Give comfort. Cancer is a roller coaster of emotions. Some days feel calm. Others feel […]

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Remembering 9/11 with Your Kid(s)

Much like when my grandmother can remember every detail of the day JFK was shot, and for my mother, the day of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, September 11th will always be a day frozen in time for me. And it will always feel like it was just yesterday. It was an unseasonably early, blue […]

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Fed is Best

What’s the first emotion that comes to mind when you think about breastfeeding? Joy? Pain? Anxiety? Inadequacy? Nostalgia? Breastfeeding can conjure so many emotions, especially when you’re postpartum, hormonal, and sleep deprived. I would venture to guess that many breastfeeding mothers have felt a wide array of those emotions, likely all at once. After my […]

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