When people hear that I have twins, one of the first questions I'm usually asked is, "Do you have family around to help you?" The answer to that question is like one of the relationship status options on Facebook: It's complicated. Although my mother and stepfather live nearby, I haven't spoken to them since Elby turned two. My mom bought her only grandchild a tricycle … [Read more...] about My Family Relationship Status: It’s Complicated
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My very inquisitive six-year-old asked me why people dress up on Halloween. I was stumped. I am usually a reasonably informed mom with a quick story about all the cool things in history that have formed our current day celebrations. But not this time – I didn’t have any answers! Where Does Halloween Come From? My son’s question My son’s question got me thinking about the … [Read more...] about Where Does Halloween Come From?
I recently dropped a comment on a selfie that a young woman I love posted on Instagram. I relayed the famous Carrie Fisher quote “youth and beauty are not accomplishments”. I didn’t think twice about it because it’s a line I use around my own children frequently when I want to remind them that they are so much more valuable than appearances, or how society defines beauty. I … [Read more...] about Mistakes, Apologies and Lessons Learned
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, many women are feeling the dread of what can be a very complicated holiday. This year, let’s be mindful or ourselves and our friends who might need a little extra TLC on Mother’s Day. 1) Women struggling with fertility If you’re still waiting to hear the word “mama”, this day is going to sting and do whatever you can to just get … [Read more...] about Surviving Mother’s Day
Where I live, we’ve just gone into another lockdown. Different regions are seeing different things – schools closed, restaurants shut down, physical distancing in place. This is hard. It has been going on a long time and parents are exhausted and frustrated. We have a lot to be upset and stressed about, but with the risk of sounding toxically positive, I want to reflect on a … [Read more...] about Silver Linings for Families During a Pandemic