Abby is a mom to three boys, (ages 15, 10 and 8), who spends her time perfecting the art of identifying socks that have been worn for more than one day. Abby's journey to parenthood started with her marriage to Beth when Abby became a step-mom. From there, Abby and Beth adopted their other children. Abby works full time in a job that provides her the opportunity to travel to other states. Outside of work, Abby is passionate about foster-care reform, social justice and knitting.

Virtual School Lessons Learned

My family is about a month into full-time virtual school, and honestly, it hasn’t been the train wreck I anticipated. Our school is super organized, the communication is outstanding, and our kids show their resiliency...
Creating Inclusive Homework Assignments

Creating Inclusive Homework Assignments for Students

I hate family history assignments The first homework assignment of the year was an autobiography and family tree. These assignments are emotional and triggering for our family. In all fairness, I am not a fan...

Laughing Together at How Virtual Learning is Going

"How's Virtual School been going so far?" After an entire summer of stressing out about what school would look like this fall, many families have now officially begun the school year on an exclusively virtual...

The Crazy Questions People Ask Our Two Mom Family

“This is my wife, Beth” I said introducing her to a parent at a soccer game “Are you married, like gay married?” the parent asked I would love to say this was the only time I’d...

Five Things I Wish I Understood About Tween Boys

I’ve been the parent of tween boys for six years, almost half as long as I’ve been a parent. The tween years were rough with our oldest son, who is definitely our "easy kid." I...

Honest Parenting: Answering the Tough Questions

Some Day, I will tell my kids about my past. As their parent, I am committed to doing this honestly. Although my kids are convinced that I don’t understand anything about being a kid, they...

COVID-19 Needs A Trauma Informed Approach

It is well-documented that the best way to curb the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. As Governor Evers has said, we are safer at home. The quicker we stop the spread of...

COVID-19 School Closure: I Don’t Want My Kids Home This Long

I am going to start this post by saying, I 100% agree with the decision Governor Evers made to close Wisconsin schools due to COVID-19. It’s crucial to #flattenthecurve and follow the CDC’s recommendations, but 31...

Shifting the Perspective on Mommy Wine Culture

As a mom who doesn’t drink, I feel constantly bombarded by messages about the relationship between moms and drinking, specifically drinking wine. From memes to shirts, to custom wine glasses, you can buy just...

Parenting Kids With Mental Health Needs: A Game of Whack-A-Mole

All of our kids have some degree of mental health needs. They range from pretty straightforward ADHD to complex, hard to diagnosis mental health stuff. Balancing the never-ending medical appointments, advocating for school accommodations,...