maternity

Inadequate Maternity Leave Is The Hardest Part of Early Motherhood

I remember the day I told my employer I was pregnant. I’d spent the morning rehearsing the conversation in my head. I was just entering my second trimester, but the bump beneath my shirt was growing much faster than it had with my first pregnancy, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to hide it […]

work

I Feel Guilty Missing Work When My Kid Is Sick

I’m a recovering perfectionist-control freak. I’d like to tell you my recovery is by choice, but the truth is, I was nudged into recovery by the demands of motherhood—and by nudged, I mean violently shoved. I had to make a choice between my need for perfection and my sanity, keeping both wasn’t an option with […]

confidence

Motherhood Taught Me To Love My Body

I’ve been self-conscious about my body for most of my life, middle school was the peak of my insecurity. While the other girls were developing the soft curves of womanhood, my body was reminiscent of a seven-year-old boy—with boobs to match. My teenage years were filled with self-loathing and unhappiness. Looking back it’s both frustrating […]

working mom

12 Ways Working Moms Are Exactly Like Stay-At-Home Moms

The comparison of working mothers to non-working mothers is just one of many nonsensical parenting comparisons plaguing our society. These unfounded judgements on either side, are making a tough job even tougher, by inviting doubt into the hearts and minds of good parents. Working mothers are often cast as being un-invested in motherhood. They are […]

allergy

Food Allergy: The Real F-Word

“The couch and the pillows are safe, but the floor is lava!” My daughter shouted to my son as she stood atop a pillow on our living room floor. I remember this game from my own childhood, the objective was to jump from pillow to pillow, without succumbing to the lava-covered floor, every leap more perilous than […]

Christmas

What To Give Your Child When You Can’t Afford Christmas

“We didn’t have any money, and I barely had any gifts for you.” My mother’s voice shook as she recounted a Christmas Eve night many years ago. I was just a child at the time, tucked snuggly in my bed, but unable to sleep. The giddy anticipation of Christmas morning was more than enough to […]

pacifier

My Son Is Almost Three And Still Uses A Pacifier

My son will be three next month and he still uses a pacifier at night. He calls it his bink. I’d like to tell you that I don’t really care what anyone thinks about my son using a pacifier as a, nearly, three year old, but that’s not entirely true. The truth is, there is […]

sibling

I Felt Like I Was Betraying My Daughter By Having Another Child

I remember leaving the house before sunrise the morning I gave birth to my son. My daughter, just a toddler at the time, lay sleeping peacefully in her bed. I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness as I pushed her hair back to kiss her goodbye. She had been the center of our world since […]

kindness

What I Want My Kids To Know About Kindness

They say becoming a parent changes the way you look at the world. For once, they are right. In the five short years I have been a mother, my perception of the world has changed drastically. Of course, I don’t give all the credit to motherhood, some of my insight comes with age, or for […]

toddler

Why I Want To Hold On To The Toddler Years

“Mama, I want to snuggle you.” My toddler crawls into my lap. His head is hot from running and playing, and if I close my eyes and breathe deeply, I can almost smell the baby he was not so long ago. Moments like this leave my heart aching, knowing he will, one day, crawl down […]