Dear Life: I’m writing you this letter in the hopes that you will please stop kicking my ass. Every time things seem to be going smoothly, here you come with your bullshit. And quite frankly, I’m tired of it. I know I haven’t been the perfect person. But who is? There are all kinds of … Continue reading Dear Life: Ease The F**k Up Already
Parenting is hard. And in this landscape of uncertainty, fewer things are harder than becoming a blended family. Mom. Dad. Stepmom. Stepdad. Biological kids. Step kids. Joining two familial units that existed independently for any amount of time is no easy task. Two people with even slightly varying parenting styles and philosophies suddenly have to … Continue reading What Has Changed Since My Blended Family Broke Up
Every Friday as I leave for work, I know that while I’ll see my oldest daughter when I get home from work, I won't see my youngest again until Monday. The is the routine her father and I have unofficially adopted since our recent separation. She spends the week at home – since she has school. … Continue reading How It Feels To Become The “Un-Fun” Parent After Divorce
I never anticipated this current season in my life. I’m raising two kids, going to school, and trying to build my career. And at the ripe age of 30 years old, I’m suddenly navigating life as a single mom. I’m realizing that when the trash needs to be taken out, I have to do it. … Continue reading Redefining Life As A Suddenly Single Mom
Crying is instinctual. It’s one of the first things we do when we enter the world. Nobody teaches us how. It’s second nature, like breathing. It’s our only way of communicating our needs before we learn to talk. So why, if it’s so natural, does it become taboo later in life? Do you ever feel … Continue reading To Cry Or Not To Cry In Front Of Your Kids?
I can't believe it's already August - the Sunday of summer. Pretty soon summer vacation will be over. It's time to get back to a routine. Time to buy backpacks and supplies and uniforms. The end of summer is always bittersweet. My soon-to-be 4th grader loves school and is always excited to go back. But … Continue reading Help! I’m Sending My Youngest Off To Kindergarten.
My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn't terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn't have … Continue reading Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids
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