I will be proud if my kids grow up to be garbage men. Louder now for the people in the back! Yes! It’s true. Frankly, I’d be proud if my kids grow up and work in any trade. Plumber, electrician, carpenter,...
The last day of school is finally here! It felt like the last of school would never arrive. 2020-2021 has been a very long school year. With all the pandemic precautions and transitions between virtual and in-person school, things have...
Are you curious about writing for Vermont Mom? Do you want to meet an amazing group of people? Being a Contributing Writer for Vermont Mom is a volunteer position with some fabulous perks! It's true. We have the most fun,...
Let's be honest. Parents aren’t superheroes. We’re entirely human. Sometimes, parents can be super, possessing incredible patience, and an ability to juggle whatever is thrown their way. Did someone lock you out of the house “on accident” because you asked them...
“Be gentle with yourself.” “You’re doing the best you can in the circumstances.” “Don’t judge yourself!” These are all things I tell clients as they cope and struggle with the ways Covid-19 has impacted their lives and families. They're not platitudes but...
No parent wants to believe that their child will attempt suicide. No parent wants to consider how they will respond in the event of a suicide attempt by their child, be it “successful” or “unsuccessful”. I’m here now to implore...
I’m a GoPro Parent, and I’m proud of it! I’m sure you’ve heard of Helicopter Parents. You can spot them at the playground hovering over their child(ren), supervising their every move, ready to swoop in at any moment. And you’re...
“Full disclosure. Every time I look at the Vermont Mom Contributing Writer’s checklist for what we have to do before submitting a post, I get overwhelmed. Simply because it’s new and I don’t want to mess it up. I...
This is my story of domestic violence.   I met my abuser in March 2010. He love-bombed me. I thought he was perfect. I ignored red flags including his previous domestic violence charge. That girl was crazy, he said.   By May, I was pregnant. My life became...
Disclaimer: This is absolutely, like 100%, not - at all - in any way, shape, or form, medical advice. In fact, it couldn’t be any further from medical advice. It is the opposite of medical advice. It is anti-medical...
Let’s talk about stress. It’s my favorite topic lately. I’m pretty sure we all experience some level of stress and anxiety. And we all perceive and respond to that stress differently. The key is finding balance in that stress...
Growing up, my family's dining room table was a place for dad to store his work documents or a month’s worth of mail. I am the youngest of five, and before my time the older siblings had assigned seating...
My son, T, turned three last year, and I breathed a sigh of relief as we shifted into a new stage of development with fewer meltdowns and more problem-solving. Toddler meltdowns are common, but I felt unprepared (he is...
I've become completely obsessed with knowing my kids. Let me explain. The other day, I was listening to Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran. And the lyrics hit me hard. Don’t laugh, that’s not a punchline. Ed Sheeran is in...

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Five Full Days of Daycation Ideas for Families in Vermont

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Need some family-friendly Vermont daycation ideas? A couple of times a year, my son’s daycare closes for the week. My husband and I can’t usually...