When No One Is Watching

I walked into my friend’s house yesterday to look at paint colors and she immediately mumbled, “Don’t mind the mess. I don’t even know how this happened in the last 15 minutes before nap.” As I looked around, there was an art kit that had been dumped all over the floor and other toys strewn […]

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For the Days When Motherhood Makes You Sad

Motherhood is hard. This isn’t something new to hear.  We read it. We speak it. We offer it to a friend when they’re having a rough day.  Yet still. On the days when it’s hard for us, we struggle. And many times we do so silently. Because even though we know it’s hard, we can’t help […]

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The Easy Way to Keep it Easy

There was a day this summer when I had my three little boys at the pool by myself. The two oldest were swimming and playing, my toddler was kicking around in his floatie having a blast, and for the first time since having children, I was actually just watching them and relaxing, instead of freaking out […]

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It’s Just a Phase

There have been two times in my life that I was sure I was going to die. The first was when I was sliding 60 mph down a ski slope on my butt straight toward a tree during a high school youth trip (and I actually saw scenes of my life flash before my eyes–good times!) and […]

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10 Things That (Always) Happen When Your Child is Screaming in their Car Seat

Ahhhh. Car seats. You gotta love them. I know I do. I mean, what’s not to love? They keep our children safe. They keep them from getting to us while we are driving. They are the embodiment of everything cleanly. And most importantly. They relax the children in them. I can’t tell you how many relaxing […]

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10 Tips for Making Your Marriage Stronger Through Parenting

In some ways, when I think of marriage, and I think of parenting and how the two words are supposed to go together. It’s actually kind of comical to me.  Because often times in reality, the two words seem opposite of one another. On totally different ends of the spectrum. Antonyms to one another, if […]

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10 Awkward Encounters to Expect When Your Child Breastfeeds Until They Read

You know how there are shows called Extreme Couponing? Or Extreme Cheapskates? Well, if I was on a show. Mine would be called Extreme Breastfeeders. Because, I’ve been a mom for 6.5 years and have been breastfeeding 5 of those years. Meaning, I’m the kind of mom that lets her kids breastfeed WELL past the […]

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How to Change Your Outlook on Meltdowns for Good

As a marriage and family therapist, I am passionate about helping people have healthy and happy relationships. Especially with their children. But let’s face it. Parenthood is one of the easiest places to lose your patience when dealing with the many varying emotions of kids. So here’s one of my favorite parenting tips for handling […]

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How I (REALLY) Feel About My Mommy Friends

When I had my first son, I was prepared for the immense love I would feel. And man did I feel it. But honestly, I don’t think I expected the immense growing pains of inadequacy I would experience as a mom. Prior to motherhood, I relished in the fact that I was somewhat in control […]

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The Disappointing Son

I’ve liked the guy from day one of meeting him. Something about him makes me smile. He’s really tall. And funny. And cheerful. He says things like, “It’s an epidemic out here. And it’s spreading.” (In reference to the phenomenon of all of the Tball players playing in the dirt instead of focusing on fielding.) […]

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