The riveting performance of Amanda Gorman at the Presidential Inauguration somehow breathed new life into a literary form that is oftentimes overshadowed by fiction, history, mysteries, and memoirs. I love words that move me, I love words that paint a...
I am a mom to a biracial son and I struggle to write about my relationship with racism and white supremacy. I am trying to educate myself and protect my son and I am afraid for his well-being in...
Thrift stores are such fun places to explore! Especially when it's raining and I have nothing else to do, shopping at thrift stores is a great way to get my family out of the house. I love finding bargains! My...
Amidst all the movement in support of Black lives, I had to sit with a deeper question of my vision for what we are fighting for. As this year’s Black History Month ended, I reflected on my commitment to...
Horseback riding has been on my bucket list for a long time. Every year, I keep saying that I will finally go horseback riding, but I keep making excuses. This year, I decided that my whole family deserved a treat...
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...

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The only way to enjoy winter in Vermont is to make sure you have cold-weather gear. You don’t need a lot, but there are...