“It takes a village to raise a child.” While the origin of this proverb is up for discussion, the concept itself is a familiar one for most parents. The idea of an entire community taking part in nurturing and caring...
I love running. I may not be fast, but I enjoy running for long distances and pushing myself physically and especially mentally. As a mom, I relish in the quiet that I have on a long run. Spending a couple...
My husband, T, and I have been together for over five years. We have a four year-old son, a house, a joint checking account, and he is my emergency contact and I am his. We have built a life...
February, the month that embraces Valentine’s Day, seems like a good time to reflect on how we show love and what we recognize as love, including the proofs of love we value. As a culture, Americans seem prone to...
Spoiler Alert- Sam and I are not getting a divorce. However, that doesn't mean we don't talk about divorce. Let me explain. Both of us come from families with divorce. We are also a couple that got married at the ripe old...
When I got divorced, learning how to talk about it with my son did not come easily.  When I first told my 10-year-old son about becoming a contributing writer for BVTMB, he immediately told me “Mom! You should write about...
You've heard it over and over, from your friends, from Cosmo, from your mother: Don't sweat the small stuff. But is this really the best advice? Sure, in many instances, I agree that getting hung up on trivial issues is...
My son is now six years old and my daughter is four years old. I have only left them overnight for one weekend last summer and they stayed at home with their father, so it wasn't much of a...
Our Not-So-Perfect Marriage A lot of people have told me that my husband, Mark, and I have “the perfect marriage.” We don’t. Our marriage, like most, has been tested by temptations, lies, rumors, arguments, and tragedies. However, I’m proud to say...
Dear Friends Who are Pregnant with Their First Child (or Who Just Had Their First), It's Okay. You and I might not have had a chance to sit and talk about the life altering change you have just gone through, or...
Sex. For me, it's always been such a four letter word. Sex is seemingly simple, but it can bring up VASTLY complicated issues. It's always been slightly more complicated for me since I have vulvodynia. Vulvodynia always sounded more like...
When I first started dating my husband I didn't even really know what the term blood sugar meant. I certainly didn't know what was considered a "normal" blood sugar range (which is around 80-120). And I had no idea...
I’ll start with a confession: when my daughter was a baby, I faked it. Every night, often multiple times, I faked it and my husband never suspected a thing. No, I wasn’t faking that. Every night? Multiple times a...
 After 4 and 1/2 years of sporadic online dating, punctuated by several lovely relationships, I shared my experiences with online dating as a single mom. Before the piece was published, however, I closed my 3 virtual dating accounts. Why you may...

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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...