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When You’re at Your Lowest & Nobody Knows

I remember sitting in that school auditorium, looking around at all the parents and thinking, “If you only knew what it took to get us here.”

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The Real Reason Motherhood Is So Hard

The real reason being a mom today is so hard? The guilt and expectations of motherhood and womanhood are all-encompassing and exhausting.

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The Unapologetic Truth about Sober Parenting—from a Sober Mom

Photo: Caleb George via Unsplash
First of all, it’s hard. Parenting, I mean. Parenting is hard, no matter how you do it. Totally sober or drunk half the time, it’s not an easy job for anyone.
The hardest part of…

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Working Moms, a Pandemic & Our Breaking Point

“We need you to treat us like you would expect to be treated. We are your employees, your constituents, your friends, your neighbors, the people passing you on the street. And we are tired. We are struggling. We are barely making it day to day.”

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What This Quarantined Parent Wants Teachers to Know

“See, I don’t care if you teach my kids one more thing this semester, and this is why: Just by showing up, by checking in, by caring enough to do this freaking impossible job—you’ve already taught them the only things I really wanted them to get out of school.”

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5 Ways You Can Save Money in Hawaii with Kids

“These ideas will help you plan your ultimate Hawaiian vacation—all without going completely broke!”

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The Truth About Parenting a Child with Severe Anxiety

“I am not a helicopter mom by choice.”

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The Brutally Honest Dad’s Guide to the Grand Canyon with Your Kid

The Grand Canyon. Yep, for this Dad, once is enough. 

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Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week: May 10, 2019

Funny tweets, so you can have a funny weekend.

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Why My “Lived-In” Home Vibe Is My New Mom Aesthetic

“I don’t think I want to spend my time stressing over decor when I’m already anxious enough about the responsibilities of motherhood.”

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A Quest to Find My Mama Tribe

It was time to make friends.

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We Need to Talk to Our Sons about Mental Health

I thought about how hard it would be to raise an emotionally intelligent boy in a world that will constantly tell him to “be a man.”

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All the Awesome Things Teens Bring into My Life (Yes, Even Wine)

It has come to my attention that over the past few months of writing this blog, I may have come over as being a whinging old bag. A hormonal, moaning Brit expat. The mother of two teenagers.

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Parents, Just Take the Trip

I want to talk about “me-time” as a parent. Something that is widely mentioned but rarely achieved. We set lofty goals, perhaps taking a hot bath alone, only to be disrupted by pounding on the door and someone yelling “mama!”…

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How I Learned to Welcome (& Savor) the Unexpected Mommy Moments

Photo: Nicole VandeBoom
There comes a point in parenthood when you shed the cloak of infancy. It is a gradual movement. Slow and steady but always moving toward the floor. The children begin to grow and become their own independent…

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5 Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

First it’s play dates, next thing you know, it’s sleepovers. Does the stress ever end?

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No, it doesn’t, not when you’re a parent.
Kids love playing with their friends, as evidenced by their love of…

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What in the World Was I Thinking? One Family’s Decision to Homeschool

Photo: Nicole Roder
We have some big news here in the Roder Family. No, I’m not pregnant, and we’re not moving to Canada. (Sorry, Justin. You’ll have to make do with Jason Priestly’s Family. I hear he’s still relevant, in…

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The Christmas Contract: Celebrating the Holidays on Your Terms

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As we approach Christmas, I’m forced into contemplating the inevitable, one that’s a most terrifying concept for me: socializing at the ubiquitous holiday party. (Introverts collectively suck in their breath. I’ll wait while you collect yourself). Polite society expects that, if…

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Invitation: Please Come to Our Poop-free Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again and our family would like to invite you to share Thanksgiving with us. I’ve tried calling and left a few messages—you guys sure are busy—so I thought I’d send an old-fashioned invite. I understand…

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Why Going Back To Work Makes Me Anxious

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I’ve waited for so long to post about how excited I am about going back to work and focusing on my career again… but reality is not as bright as I thought it will be. Well, it still is.…

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Are Kid’s Birthday Parties Getting Out of Control?

Photo: Love and Knuckles
I am concerned for all of us. I think kid’s birthday parties are getting out of hand and I know you probably agree.
SIMPLER TIMES

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In 1982 I had a birthday party at…

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13 Gadgets Every Parent Needs to Win at Parenting

Instant coffee to go? Touchscreen super remote? Here are 13 things you didn’t know you wanted or needed…until now.

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5 ways to reconnect as a family without breaking the bank

These days, it’s rare for any family to have much down time.  If you are one of the few, hats off to you!!  In our house, there is a constant blur of activities, household chores, work, sports, and school responsibilities…

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14 Holiday Activities to Keep Your Little Elves Busy

Save yourself from a holiday-induced panic attack with this handy dandy list of holiday events that are sure to keep the kiddos busy while you work your Christmas magic.

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Breakfast In Bed: Your Ultimate Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

We know the word “supermom” doesn’t even begin to describe how awesome you are. So why settle for a Mother’s Day meal at a restaurant with mobs of other moms? We know breakfast in bed is best left in TV…

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