Kate is a former high school math teacher and the stay-at-home mom of Bug (August 2013), Ladybug (August 2015), and Honeybee (November 2018). She lives in the North Shore with her husband and college sweetheart, Luke. She began writing after a postpartum diagnosis of OCD. Kate writes about parenting, stigma-fighting, and life with a mental illness at Mommy Has OCD
financial protection

Five Financial Protection Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Fellow Mamas, I'm not trying to scare you, but too many of us are vastly unprepared for the financial mess that can come with a massive life change. What do I mean by life...
baby growth spurts

Baby Growth Spurts:: 5 Stages You Need to Know

Baby growth spurts, high-frequency days, just plain H-E-Double Hockey Sticks; whatever you call them--they are an inevitable part of mothering an infant. If you happen to be breastfeeding, they can seem especially trying. Like...

Milwaukee Area Pools, Splash Pads, and Beaches

In the Milwaukee Area, we have a ton of options for Water Play, from fantastic beaches that stretch along the coast of Lake Michigan to splash pads in neighborhoods all over the city and...

The Struggle with Anxiety:: Why I Explained It to My Kids

My children have a few important people in their lives who happen to struggle with anxiety disorders. While I won't name them or describe their exact relationship with my kids out of respect for...

Why My Kid Rides the Bus

Ah, the school bus. If you're anything like me, you've heard people ranting about buses. It goes something like this: "Got stuck behind a bus this morning. It stopped at every other house. Kids today...
birthday party

Five Reasons I’m Giving My Children a Pinterest-Inspired Birthday Party

  Pinterest. Some people love it, other people think that it was designed to make us all feel bad about ourselves. I mean, just search #pinterestfail and you'll see oodles of pictures of people who...

I Need to Hire a Village

I grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois. There, my parents and their friends basically had what I lovingly refer to as an "Irish Economy." Basically, it's the village concept. Everyone pitches...
I'm Dreaming of a Minimalist Christmas

I’m Dreaming of a Minimalist Christmas

There are a number of reasons that I've decided not to go big for Christmas this year. The most pressing of these, of course, is the fact that I am due with baby #3...

Eight Things NFPers Wish You Understood About Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a way of  using the natural fertility indicators of a woman's body to either prevent or achieve pregnancy. Sometimes, when I tell people that my husband and I use...

A Helicopter Mom Learns to Sit back

In my first three years of parenting, I was a helicopter mom.  I needed to have eyes on my kids every second. It didn't matter how many other parents (including my husband) were around. I...