It’s almost Mother’s Day. You can tell by the jewelry commercials on TV, the flower, candy and card displays in every store, and the print ads in your mailbox. For me, Mother’s Day means getting cards and drawings from my kids – and inevitably having to purge art from years past to make room. And … Continue reading Surviving Mother’s Day With A Toxic Mother-Child Relationship
There’s no feeling like the adoration of my daughters. To see them get excited about things like dressing like me or wearing their hair similar to mine. My oldest shares my love of writing. And my youngest, my love of art. It’s important to me to set a good example for my daughters and to … Continue reading Why I Don’t Want My Daughters To Be Like Me
Parenting is hard. It’s a 24-hour job with late nights and early mornings. There are no lunch breaks or vacation days. You don’t get paid and there are no accolades. When I think about it, I wonder if I’m crazy for signing up for this – twice. But then I remember I do get paid. … Continue reading How My Anxiety Diagnosis Made Me A Better Mom
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 … Continue reading An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self
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 … Continue reading To The Mom Struggling With Anxiety and Depression
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 … Continue reading I’m ditching my separation anxiety and embracing my ‘mom breaks’
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 … Continue reading What It’s Like Being a Mom with an Anxiety Disorder
People when you’re single: When are you going to get married? People when you’re married: When are you going to have kids? People when you have a boy: When are you going to have a girl? People when you have a girl: When are you going to have a boy? People when you have two … Continue reading Why I’m In No Hurry To Have Another Baby
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 … Continue reading Are You Speaking Life Into Your Kids?
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 … Continue reading Got Mom Guilt? Don’t.