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

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...

His Full-Time Job Doesn’t Make Him a Part-Time Parent

I didn't realize it at the time, but my dad wasn't like the stereotypical 80's-90's dad. When I was really young, my father worked first shift and my mother worked second or third. This...

My Next Postpartum Needs

Honey, I never thought, especially after my last postpartum experience, that I would be open to getting pregnant again. But here we are, trying for another baby. Before we start this journey, however, I want...

How to Pretend You Have It All Together

The other day, a  friend of mine said she was  impressed by how "together"  I was.  Me? Together? Thank goodness this conversation was taking place over text because I laughed at the thought....

I Don’t Speak My Kid’s Love Language

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably at least heard of the "love languages." I'll admit, I didn't know what they were until my mom group had a speaker come in to...

The Day Facebook Gave Me a Village

If you've read my other posts, you know that I struggled in the postpartum period. I mean. I really struggled. And, being an overtime mom, I had a lot of time alone with my kids. That...

Our Favorite Milwaukee Fall Festivals

Fall is so beautiful in Wisconsin, the colors pop making our city come alive! And guess what? Here in the 414, we don’t let the cooler temps keep us from throwing a party or two so...