She’s an Unstoppable Mom

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As mothers, we’re influenced by who we’ll become from the day we’re born. We’re typically surrounded my moms and grandmas and sometimes aunts and close friends. All of them, in some way, whether good or bad, serve as a role model. They shape not only the people we’ll become but also the type of mothers […]

Why Every Parent Should Volunteer At School

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I’ve had a few defining moments at the mother of a school-aged child. Some of them are more typical, like crying as I pulled away from preschool when I dropped my four year old son off for the first time. It was only a two hour separation but it felt like I was sending him […]

It’s About Gratitude: A Twitter Party Just for Moms

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Every once in a while, something really cool happens to me in this space that I believe couldn’t have happened any other way. In this case, it’s the opportunity to work as a Working Mother Contributing Editor. Yes, THAT Working Mother. What’s even cooler is the reason for the opportunity. It’s all about saluting the good […]

The Legacy My Grandmother Left Me

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Some might call me a packrat. I prefer the term sentimentalist. It’s something I’m working on because I tend to attach sentiment and emotions to every object in my house. As a result, I end up with a lot of stuff that I don’t actually need. I’ve recently started the process of clearing the clutter […]

Why I’m Talking About Pregnancy

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Let me start by saying that I AM NOT PREGNANT. Nor do I plan to be. I’m quite happy with my 7 year old son and our little family of three. In fact, as we were flying home this week, I looked down the row of our airplane seats and thought, This is perfect. Dad gets […]

Blogmas 2013: Parents are People

Thanks for joining me for Day Four of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my 20 favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, I gathered up the […]

Sponsored Video: One of the Good Guys

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When I growing up, I had my life planned out. Married at 23. Kids at 25. And then, when I was 29 and ringing in the millennium, my kids would be off at a babysitter’s house while my dashing husband and I were out on a harbor cruise partying like it was 1999. Because it […]

5 Easy Steps to Become the Cool Mom on Halloween

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Halloween is for kids, right? They love to dress up. We do, too. Only in more expensive designer duds, not in costumes. They love candy. We do, too. Only our waistlines don’t. They love to go door to door asking for candy. We usually hide from people going door to door. But YOU TOO can […]

The Push and Pull of Motherhood

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It’s okay. You can go play with the others. Mommy’s right here. These are the words I would frequently say to my then toddler, Evan. He was a bright, very verbal, somewhat precocious child. He was shy, but not in the traditional sense. He wouldn’t hide behind my legs. He would simply cling to me […]

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Memory

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Even as a very young child, my mother always seemed to get us confused. Well, maybe not us but certainly our names. “Da… Ton… FADRA!!!” She’d go through abbreviated versions of all four of her children until she happened to land on the right one. We joked about it. We thought it was funny, and probably […]

Embracing the Momness of Vacation

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We never had a lot of money growing up so we didn’t have the luxury of taking “real” family vacations. Our version of vacation was usually a day trip to Kings Dominion, or a weekend trip to Williamsburg in a rented motorhome. (Someday, I’ll have to write down some of my motorhome stories because they […]