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When Motherhood Isn’t a Fairytale

“Looking back now, I know I had a postpartum. But I didn’t realize it then. I just thought this is what motherhood is. None of the moms I knew talked about this stuff. And I felt ashamed that I was having these feelings.”

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I Was in a Dark Place & This Became My Lifeline

“I had absolutely no reason to be unhappy, I truly had it all. But the truth was, that for as long as I could remember, I suffered a crisis of meaning that I learned to hide from the world.”

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Why You Need to Take the Kids to Check Out Immersive Van Gogh

Delve inside of Vincent Van Gogh’s moving artwork at this immersive exhibit the whole family will enjoy.

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I Had to Grow up Faster Than I Ever Imagined

“While my friends were out living their best lives, my life suddenly felt like I was parachuted into the middle of a dark jungle, expected to walk down a path I’ve never seen before. With no directions, no map, no flashlight, and definitely no tour guide.”

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To the Mom Alone in the Dark, I’ll Sit with You

“​​​​​​​If you’re a parent of a special needs child, a new parent, or a lost parent and you find yourself in the dark literally or figuratively, know that I understand you.”

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The Darker Side of Motherhood

“I need breaks from my child sometimes. Not in the cute hiding in the bathroom eating a candy bar way, but in the crying into my pillow wishing I had more endurance and patience way.”

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How My Son’s Diagnosis Taught Me More about Myself

“My entire life was changed two years ago by one word. But it’s the best change that could have happened to me.”

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To the Mom Parenting a Child with Aggression Issues

“I see your eyes, darkened with sadness, your cheeks, tear-stained from not just the physical pain but the emotional pain. I know your fear. I live it too.”

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3 Tips to Help Master Daylight Savings Disruptions

“Here are our tried and true tips to help make the transition to ‘falling back an hour’ during daylight savings a little smoother.”

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Bedtime Hack: Take a Neighborhood Pajama Walk

“Take your kids on a short walk at night in their pajamas and you’ll create a safe space for dialogue, building memories around the place you call home, and deepening their sense of place in the city where you live.”

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I Know Why You Are Exhausted

“You pour your coffee every morning knowing you’ll probably never get to finish it without microwaving it five times.”

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How to Talk to Your Child about Racial Differences

Don’t be afraid to acknowledge racial differences, albeit in a positive way, pointing out your child’s or someone else’s wonderful hair or beautiful skin.

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“He-Man” Is Getting Two New Netflix Animated Series

By the powers of Grayskull we have, not one, but two new He-Men!

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Harriet Tubman: A Tribute to a Legend Who Truly Fits the “Bill”

Photo: Ruthi Davis Photography
Dear Confessional,
I absolutely love writing poetry. I love it so much that in my own blank space of thoughts, I constantly make up poems about anything in my head. Something about the rhythm and melody…

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When Skies Are Gray: Under the Cloud of Postpartum Depression

We had prayed for this. For three years we struggled to conceive a child. Now she was here—but where was I? We had asked for this, spent money and energy to have this. I should be happy, I thought. The guilt of this overwhelmed me.

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The Dark Arts Will Be Unleashed at Hogwarts Castle in a Thrilling New Show

Conjure your Patronus and get ready to battle for Hogwarts!

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5 Sleep Expert Tips to Get Your Baby’s Sleep Habits Back on Track

Photo: Oh Baby Consulting
The holiday season is over; we’ve eaten our treats, opened our presents and made our resolutions. As a sleep specialist, many of my clients have resolved to make this year “The Year of Sleep” and working…

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“Creeped Out” Is Netflix’s Spooky New Show for Big Kids, Just in Time for Halloween

Netflix’s new show is this generation’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”—and we can’t wait.

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Rescued Thai Soccer Team Says “Thank You” to the World in Sweet Video Message

This video also shows just how quickly the 12 rescued boys are recovering, too.

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No, I Will NOT Give You My Babysitter’s Number (& Here’s Why)

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“Anybody have a really good babysitter you can recommend? Available at the last minute?”
This group text popped up on a Friday afternoon and was quickly drowned in a sea of “nopes!” and “good lucks!”…

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Spring Thing: March on Over to These Spots Now!

We’re not lion — catch these before they’re gone!

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This Women Is Donating Her Frozen Embryos For an Incredible Reason

Niki Schaefer, a mom of 2 after IVF, is donating her extra frozen embryos to help others.

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Lauren Conrad Posts Powerful Message with Her Baby’s Instagram Debut

LC recently took to Instagram with this post that was way more than just a cute baby pic.

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Don’t Miss LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico

This latest Cirque de Soleil show will take you on a journey to the imaginary dreamscape of Mexico, all without leaving the Near West Side.

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How You Can Win Two Seats On Alaska Airlines’ Solar Eclipse Flight

If you want the chance to view this spectacular sight from the air, bookmark this!

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Cool Comforts: The Best Outdoor Pools to Beat the Heat

Feel like you’re melting? Grab your swimsuits and floaties and check out one of these watering holes. 

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I Want My Kids to Know I Struggled

I’m coming up on five years of writing and publically sharing the joys and struggles of this journey called motherhood and life. At first it was mostly stories of my daughters, but then as my first experience of depression in…

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The Benefits of Shoveling Snow

Many parts of the country get a lot of snow. We’re talking five months of cold weather, sleet, ice and snow. In Michigan we have had snow in October and we have had snow in late April. So when you…

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Caillou The Brat: The Force That Unites Us All

There is so much hatred in the world these days.
People are hated for their political preferences, race, religion and the like. There seems no end to what people will attack each other over. We must find a way to…

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Just When I thought She No Longer Needed Me

Photo: Kara Zajac
Thud, thud, thud, thud, thud.
I look up from my nestled place, wrapped in flannel sheets, my headlamp shining a single beam of light as I read Jennifer Weiner’s new memoir in the dark. Everyone else is…

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Hair-Raising Family Thrills at Escape Alcatraz

Did you know that the Wharf is home to the scariest haunted house in the city? And with a heart-stopping new addition, the screams can last well past Halloween.

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What a Mom Really Wants for Christmas

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What does a mom want for Christmas?
That’s easy. Every mom’s automatic response is something along the lines of Oh, I don’t need anything. I just want my family to be healthy and happy!

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There Went Santa Claus

Photo: Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh
We have not visited Santa this year. We have entered no shopping malls, paid for no photographs, and endured not one single moment of waiting in any faux wonderland.
Instead, as is the tradition in this merry…

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