Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parenting

An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Life is pretty hard right now, isn’t it? You probably feel like you’ll never have it figured out. But trust me, you will eventually see the reasons for everything that you’re going through. You’re stuck in this place where you have great friends but you yearn to be “popular.” I know right now it seems like popularity is some kind…

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Mental Health, Parenting

To The Mom Struggling With Anxiety and Depression

Dear mom dealing with anxiety and depression, Let me start by saying, while your personal experience is unique, you are not alone. I know how hard it is being the mom you want to be with anxiety and depression bearing down on you. I know the lies they put in your head: That you’re a bad mom. That you’re damaging…

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Mental Health, Parenting

I’m ditching my separation anxiety and embracing my ‘mom breaks’

My mother-in-law is a saint. Every time my kids get a vacation from school, they spend a bulk of those days off at her house. She also usually gets her four other grandchildren. That’s right. Six kids. Like seven days. And she enjoys it. Although I start to miss my kids around day three, I let them go because I…

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Mental Health, Parenting

What It’s Like Being a Mom with an Anxiety Disorder

I have what’s called “high-functioning” anxiety. Basically, although I’m usually dealing with paralyzing worry inside, you’d never know unless I told you. Although it impacts my ability to interact socially, my anxiety disorder has never hindered my ability to do things I HAVE to do – like working or going to school. My anxiety and I have always kinda co-existed.…

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Mental Health, Parenting

Are You Speaking Life Into Your Kids?

Being a parent is exhausting. It often takes all that we have to care far everyone else, leaving us with scraps for ourselves. And being low on energy may leave us short on patience and full of frustration. I usually find myself reprimanding my kids for the things they are doing wrong. But I often forget to remind them of…

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Parenting

Got Mom Guilt? Don’t.

  My 4-year-old is super clingy when I get home in the evening. She follows me everywhere, including the bathroom. And when I’m on the couch she’s stuck to me like glue, making me watch The Finger Family or Surprise Eggs or these strange videos with adults acting out the voices of barbies and crap (if you understand any of…

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