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

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 an anxiety disorders. While I won't name them or describe their exact relationship with my kids out of respect...

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...
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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...
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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...

It’s Okay That They’re Young:: Why We Decided Not to Redshirt Our Kids

My children, both born at the end of August, are the youngest in their respective classes at school. In fact, I remember joking with my OB that if my daughter, due September 1, was...

A Family Guide to Irish Fest 2018 | August 16 – 19

This post is sponsored by Irish Fest Milwaukee. All opinions are our own. I first started going to Irish Fest with my family, before I was married. Two kids later, I think I’ve got it down....

When it Isn’t Depression :: The Other Postpartum Mood Disorders

I suffered greatly after my second child was born.  Postpartum depression is not talked about nearly enough. Over the past few years, brave celebrity moms have shared their experiences, and we're only starting to see cracks...