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Mom, what is rape? My first encounter with sexual harassment was when I entered the seventh grade. Seventh grade, y’all. My best friend’s dad asked to feel my legs, as his wife sat right there watching. I had no reservations...

Gender Bender

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In a time of connection and awareness to the vast diversity of the world, we are given a tremendous opportunity to support and include people of any gender - including our own children. Let me start from the beginning. The...
Long before meeting my husband, I inherited one of my best friends: Snicker. She would meet me at the door every afternoon with whole body wiggles and howls of pure joy. She was my training buddy when she dragged me...
"Ugh, I hate my birthday. Why would I want to celebrate turning another year older?" It seems this refrain becomes more and more common as we age. The older I get, the fewer of my friends seem to embrace their...
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What My Kids Need the Most

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What my kids need the most is a mom who gives herself grace when the days are hard and she's yelled one too many times. What my kids need the most is a mom who seeks their forgiveness when she...
Husband, you drink too much. You aren't a mean drunk, and you don't slur your speech, or act out of control. I would never ever fear for myself or our kids. But you drink too much. The giant empty liquor bottle that was...
After more than a year of job searching, I walked into my job one day and quit. It seemed like a dream. The day I quit wasn’t dramatic; but nonetheless, had an impactful feeling I had always envisioned.  I felt free....
This year, Grandparents Day is Sept. 13! While this special day will look rather different this year, most likely minus the lunches and celebrations at schools, there are still many ways to make the day special and show the...
It had been a long couple of months, or a long year really. I started back to work, which required incredibly long hours, time away from my family and adjusting to a new normal for all of us. I...
It was a confirmation I had waited to hear for more than four years. "Your child has ADD (attention deficit disorder)." Technically, my child was diagnosed with ADHD combined type, meaning she was both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive - but the relief...
As a mother of three, I have had my favorites when it comes to baby gear. With an avalanche of choices, here are three things I would buy again. Baby Carriers I barely (and badly) dipped my toes in the waters...
"Enjoy it now. They all grow up to be monsters," snarled a random woman at me as I changed my newborn in a public restroom. This hurt my heart more than I would like to admit. An already challenging...
One thing I am definitely not great at is follow-through. What about that road paved with good intentions? Well anyway, it's like my eyes are bigger than my stomach with places to go and things to do, which turns...
I was the kid that came over for a sleepover and didn’t leave the next day. The one showing up at your door, unannounced and eating all of your pantry snacks and then tagging along to dinner, too. Growing...

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