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Dear daughter, You asked me again why I won’t let you use social media. And, once again, I didn’t do an excellent job of explaining my reasoning. Let me start by saying that, honey, I know it stinks to feel like...
When people see my kids and me in public, we usually get some stares and strange looks. I have two kids that are taller than I am and a toddler in my arms. But why does my kids' age gap...
"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 basis. We've prepared as best...

No Perfect Parents

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"Everyone is a perfect parent... until they have kids" -Unknown . One of my first memories is being angry that my aunt wouldn’t let me, an exuberant four-year-old, hold my newborn cousin, so I couldn’t wait to have one of my...
The Safer at Home order was hard. It was a total change in our everyday lives and how we conducted ourselves. There were also some beautiful things about it. The more I reflect on the silver lining of the...

How do I do it?!

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How I Do It Often people will say to me regarding having two little ones, “How do you do it?!” Here is a glimpse into my stay at home mom life with two:  On a “normal” day, the toddler wakes up...
Like it or not, cell phones have become a part of our kids' identity. There is no faster way for my kids to get a sideways bug-eyed "I am super annoyed right now" look from me than not to answer...
When our children look at homelessness with empathy and compassion, they can see beyond the surface in people. Growing up poor on the south side of the city, I spent a lot of time thinking about the world and how...

Fears of Motherhood

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I didn't grow up dreaming of motherhood, and for a while, I constantly questioned my desire to have children. As I approached my thirties, I began to feel some ambivalence, along with a tsunami of societal pressure, but I...
Dear Boys, This is a letter that I never wanted to write to you. I'm not sure that I can even articulate everything that I want to say, but it is a start. Silence is not an option. I wanted...

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Staycations in Milwaukee, WI | Local Hotels + Resorts Grown-Ups will...

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Winter is a great time to take a staycation! Hotel rates are low and a staycation is a great way to get out of...