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Is Dad Ever The Default Parent?

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We’ve heard it a million times before: Moms are true superheroes. According to Luke Bryan, “all mamas ought to qualify for sainthood,” so it’s fairly common knowledge that moms make the world go ‘round....

Parenting A Strong-Willed Daughter: Choosing My Battles

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"Strong-willed children become adults who will change the world as long we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to "tame" the spirit out of them. -Unknown The moment I learned that...

Embracing the Chaos of a Busy Life

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I will be the first to admit that I have never been able to sit still. As a young kid, I would wake up on Saturday mornings and immediately ask my parents, “So what...

Dropping the Beloved Nap

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Having my kids close together was both a blessing and a curse. I remember thinking while I was pregnant that the only thing I really wanted when my babies were born was that they...

The Day I Was a Terrible Parent

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I was a terrible parent today. I yelled way too much. I lost my patience. I felt like I was at my wit’s end all day long.   I was a terrible parent today. I woke...

Bye Bye Binky: Saying Adios to the Pacifier

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Binky.Pacifier.Nu-Nu.Wubba. No matter what your family calls them, those little soothers can be a total lifesaver for a grumpy baby. Thankfully, both of my babies took a pacifier fairly early on and easy, which...

The Club No One Wants to Belong To

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This is not a club you want to belong to. This is not a club you want a membership for. But this club brings women together in their loss, healing, grief, and sorrow. It’s...

Bending the Gender Norms

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When we found out we were having a boy, there were so many different things that ran through my mind. Would he play football like his daddy? Would he be a mama’s boy? Could...

We Were Supposed to Start School Today

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Today was supposed to be our first day of school.   If you had asked me back in March when schools closed if we'd still be dealing with this virus, I would have laughed. I thought...

You’re Not Doing It Wrong, Mama–It’s Just THAT Hard!

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As a mom of two toddlers at the moment, my life is a total circus most of the time.  Someone always needs something every second of the day, and some days, I honestly have...

Aging Gracefully: Thoughts On Turning 40

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Currently, I am less than four months away from my "big" birthday...yes, turning the big 4-0. I have always loved my birthday and never really felt the traditional black cloud that often hangs over those...

Meet Our Indianapolis Moms: Janelle McDonald

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Hey there, mamas!  I’m Janelle McDonald, and I wear a wide variety of hats in this crazy life that I’m living these days. I am a 6th-grade teacher by day (I love middle schoolers!), a...

Surviving Motherhood: Life With Two Toddlers (An Update)

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Some of you may remember my previous post as I prepared for life with babies born 10 months apart. At the time of my initial post, I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter and...

My Struggle With Social Media

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I will be the first to admit that I have a serious love-hate relationship with all things social media. When I moved across the country from Seattle 15 years ago without any family members...
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