It’s World Breastfeeding Week and once again my social media feed is filled with photos of beautiful mothers nursing beautiful babies. If this makes your skin crawl with a range of hard-to-handle emotions, you’re not alone. I feel it...
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: it feels weird to be writing about seemingly normal things amidst a global pandemic and racial justice crisis. However, I am still getting messages from pregnant friends asking for what...
Currently, my days are a mix of “Okay, I’ve got this,” and, “Oh crap, I so do not got this.” Anyone else? One of my first contributions to the blog was an article on working from home with a toddler....
Like lots of teachers around the state, I am currently teaching from home while watching my 3-year-old every day. My husband, who is a postal worker, is still working outside of the home and while we are fortunate to...
How can we protect our kids from online predators, if we're somewhat clueless about the social media world in which they live?   Several years ago, before I became a mom, I was a juror in an online child pornography...
With the current shutdown of schools, including preschools, in Vermont for the remainder of the year, I’ve seen many parents say, “I know what to do with my 2nd grader, but I need ideas about what to do with my preschooler.”  As...
There are many things you can’t foresee when creating a birth plan, but there are two words I never thought I would have to include: global pandemic.  I gave birth during a global pandemic three weeks ago in Burlington, right...
My pregnancy with my first-born was organized, bullet journaled, and crafted to the extreme. You might say that it was “Pinterest-perfect.” This time around, however, is the complete opposite. While I am preparing for a baby to join our family...
One of the hardest times for me as a parent was the year that my son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It wasn’t due to the fact of his autism diagnosis, but due to the fact that...
I will never forget the words the doctor spoke while I was in labor and delivery with my daughter, before I’d even seen her myself: “She has tons of hair, and it’s so blonde!” After her first bath, it was...
When my boys were small, a mom I didn’t know told me something I will never forget. I was in a knitting shop when she came in with her two teenage boys. They wandered around with her as she perused...
I try to be as open as possible with my daughters about both the physical and emotional symptoms of menstruation. Growing up, I knew nothing about menstruation or the various devices available to manage your menstrual cycle. I never saw...
I don’t know why I thought adjusting to the teen years would be an easy task. I assumed that my girls would just be more independent and happier, while still enjoying being around their mother. It seems as though...
When Meghan Markle bravely declared on international news that she was, “Not okay,” after the birth of her first child, I found myself nodding along to the clip, recalling those first few weeks and months as a new mom,...

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