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Giving Birth & Losing My Mother

I was no longer just a daughter grieving the loss of her mother, but a mother grappling with the possibility that my daughter could one day face a similar fate.

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Diagnosis Day & The World After

“It had been a long 24 hours. One minute I was in the preschool pick-up line living my best life and the next I was on the phone being told that there was an opening to get Whitman evaluated for autism.”

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I Never Wanted to Be a #Boymom

“I always wanted children. I was just fine to have a boy in the mix but, all I ever wanted, for as long as I can remember, was a little girl.”

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Oh Snap! Chicago-Fy Your Zoom Background

Spiff up your next Zoom meeting or chat session with these Chicago-themed backgrounds.

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What Happened When I Found Out My Child Is Trans

“The kind-hearted child I gave birth to is still in there no matter what.”

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How We Grieve Teaches Our Kids about Grief. Here’s What Parents Should Know

How can we as a community and as parents do our best in these situations—and teach our children to do the same?

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Thinking about Divorce? Here’s 10 Things Every Wife Should Know

Like childbirth, I feel that no one tells you the real truth about the divorce process.

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When Traditions Die, Make Them New

Every family has its non-negotiables—until life forces you to renegotiate.

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Why It’s Important for Stepfamilies to Not Rush Bonding

Raising a family has never been easy. Throw a stepparent into the mix and you’re likely to face a raft of new challenges you never anticipated. You are not alone though as reports show that more than 1000 stepfamilies are…

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When are Kid Birds Ready to Fly?

Laying upside-down on the piano bench, my six-year-old son made the most startling discovery: Our family was expecting… baby birdies!
Sure enough, a mourning dove had hid her nest above the columns on our front porch. As if under a spotlight, her nest…

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Before You Turn 4: An Open Letter to My Triplets

In 4 days my triplets will turn 4 years old. This milestone, to say the least, is bittersweet for me. While I am excited at what new adventures three 4-year-olds may bring, I am also mourning the loss of my…

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10 moms Get Positive About Their Bodies Post-Baby

Photo: Amanda Larrison
“You can kiss your body good-bye!” was the comment I heard the most when I was pregnant.
By the time I was pregnant with my second, I was pretty immune to those super fun and uplifting comments.…

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Bel and Bunna’s Books is Lafayette’s New Literary Wonderland for Children

At this whimsical new bookstore in the East Bay, kids can discover their inner bookworm through listening, learning, playing and, of course, reading.

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In Defense of the Mom Group

Photo: Group picture – Rhiannon Giles. MOM photo – Creative Commons 0
The internet is full of criticisms for mom groups; the helpful advice couched in disapproval, the condescension and impractical suggestions. I know the moms who look for a…

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That’s Hot!: Don’t Miss the Summer of Hamilton

Your child only listen to the soundtrack so many times. (Maybe?) Interface with Ham the real man here!

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Grow, but stay this way forever.

My Mom whom always takes splendid, transcendentalist moments out of her day to absorb the beauty of her surroundings and to basque in the glory that is nature, always thought it important to instruct my sister and I to do the same…

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Mourning the Loss of Me

My husband was looking at me as if I’d sprouted a second head, and all I could think was, “Surely I can’t be the only woman who feels this way.”  I was approximately seven months pregnant and had just tried…

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