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...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks are all glorious figures in Black American history. However, there are so many other Black leaders, musicians, artists, activists, scientists, writers, inventors, and civil rights pioneers- past...
According to the articles I’ve read, the Mother Wound is a loss or lack of mothering that has an impact that can be passed down through generations. Putting a name to this concept is compelling. It is a catalyst...
2020 was quite a year, amirite? While many of us are eager to get this year of violence, unrest, and a new extra-dangerous version of an everyday coronavirus behind us, we aren't quite there yet. 2021 has started with more...
Hi, Vermont Mom readers! Welcome to the Vermont Mom Reader Survey 2020! We have a small favor to ask. We would like to learn more about you and what you need as a parent so that we can bring you the...
I can remember being a child and thinking that choosing adoption was the most altruistic thing that anyone could do. That is, anyone but me.  You see, I didn’t set out to begin motherhood by choosing adoption. In fact, I...

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Manchester- An Exciting Vermont Day Trip for the Entire Family

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Manchester, Vermont makes a great trip from any part of Vermont. My favorite destination is Hildene. Located in Manchester, Hildene was the summer home of Robert...