Invisible Work

Invisible Work

Laura Williams – Getty Images I’m a child of the 80s (I’ve now revealed my approximate age and managed to conjure up some nostalgia for what is arguably, the greatest decade ever!) However, my point is harkening back to a time when many folks, like me, had a...
Parenting Is a Forever Job

Parenting Is a Forever Job

Image by giselaatje from Pixabay What did you think it was going to be like? Becoming a parent, I mean? When did you realize that there was no turning back – before your baby was put into your arms? Or did the realization that parenting is a forever job sink in...
Juggling Act

Juggling Act

Image by coastventures from Pixabay Maybe you saw this on Instagram recently… It’s about juggling. “Upworthy” posted it and it was a tweet thread written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes about an experience she had. Barnes writes: “One time I was at a Q&A with Nora...
A Mother’s Outrage

A Mother’s Outrage

If you’re a white mother reading the headlines or watching Minneapolis burn and you’re not outraged, ask yourself one question: Why not? On this blog I’ve established that I’m not someone who cries very often: a couple of times a year, perhaps; on the other side of...
Dear Mom & Dad…

Dear Mom & Dad…

Recently, I’ve had some thoughtful conversations with parents of young children under the COVID-19 quarantine and I feel moved to try and capture some of the particular challenges they’re experiencing. My offer is to be a go-between in communicating what they might...
Right Words – Right Time?

Right Words – Right Time?

March 13th was the last time I hugged someone who wasn’t my husband or one of my four children. I’ve had exactly four safe social distancing hangouts with people who don’t live with me. For an “etremeovert” like me (extreme extrovert) these are not happy times, ya’ll....
New Normal

New Normal

How long is this going to take??? Every one of us around the world has been asked to isolate ourselves in our homes for an unspecified amount of time and figure out what our new normal looks like. I’ve been writing about the 4th Trimester and the idea of a new normal...
Pandemic Parenting

Pandemic Parenting

UPDATE: Just a quick note to add that things have changed SO much since I posted this blog! My salsa-dancing 20 year-old was placed in curfew in Puerto Rico and we worried that she wasn’t going to get back to the states! Thankfully, she’s made it to...
Surprise!

Surprise!

I was on a trip with my husband to Boston to attend my god-daughter’s baptism. I was HUGELY pregnant with my first. Hours before the big event, I remember holding her sleeping body against mine when the urge struck: I needed to pee, and I needed to pee NOW! Her...
No Big Deal?

No Big Deal?

When you become a parent for the SECOND time an interesting thing happens. Everyone around you is like, “Yay! You’re going to have another baby! How exciting!” And then… crickets! There’s an assumption that because you’ve done this thing once before, there’s really no...

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