When we decided to have a third child I thought there’s no way that this third labor could top my first two. My first child was born during a blizzard. My second child was a whopping 10 pounder. This...
Nothing can prepare you for motherhood. Each mother is different and each baby is different, so there can't possibly be a manual for motherhood. However, there are a few things I wish someone had told me before I entered...
When my daughter was a baby, anyplace with a drive-thru became my best friend. I needed food and it was winter in Minnesota. With temperatures below zero, I refused to leave the comfort of my car and those amazing...
What is your communication with other parents, should you call them? I know it is definitely different from when my mom and dad were raising us. It is going to sound pretty funny but when I was a kid,...
  As you’re driving home from school with your kids, you overhear them talking about another child in their class. Your child calls this other student a bully. And says that “they are mean.” As a parent, you may find...
Kindergartener: “Mama, I have a boyfriend.” Me: “Who is it?” Kindergartener: “Bryce.” Me: “How do you know he is your boyfriend?” Kindergartener: “He kissed me on the cheek.” Me: (Raised eyebrows)“No more kisses at school. Got it?” Valentine’s Day card exchanges at school spark conversations...
My second grader is currently working on a math unit on counting money. This got me thinking about how we teach kids the value of money. The future will likely hold a time where physical coins and bills are...
I sure am. Between the mid-90’s mean girl persona and today’s VSCO girl, I am scared to raise a young girl. While only 5, it already feels like she’s 5 going on 15. Part of me wants to believe it’s...
There are many reasons that I became a doula. I loved my birth experiences and the magic of bringing my babies into the world. You could say I became a bit of a birth junkie after having them. It...
This Winter Break was monumental for my little family. I became “comfortable” with my two girls, ages 6 and 8, playing outside without me. I’ve always wanted them to be more active and this Winter Break… WHOA… They have been...

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Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long day of work, is make a meal for yourself, let alone the whole...