11 Parenting Photos That Don’t Tell the Whole Story


We shouldn’t judge other mothers or fathers or parents. Because really, we never know anyone else’s story. And when we see pictures or even moments in the store of another parenting situation, we’re really seeing snapshots. There so much to the story that we’ll never know. And to prove it, I’m offering up 11 photos from […]

How Obstetricians Can Be Jerks

In the hospital

When I first moved to Raleigh, I needed to find a good doctor. Not a specialist or anything but just someone that would take the time to listen to me. I can’t remember how I found him but I made my first appointment with Dr. Karam and was a little apprehensive on my first visit. […]

3 Easy Ways to Stay Unstoppable as a Mom

Motherhood is hard

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I didn’t actually join the ranks of motherhood with that mantra in […]

Second Grade

Second grade

Kindergarten is tearful goodbyes and seemingly long bus rides. It’s show & tell and counting songs and tadpoles in the classroom. It’s rule learning and friend making. It’s growing potatoes and snap peas and releasing the frogs. It’s graduation and tight mommy hugs and just a little bit of growing up. First grade is confidence […]

How to Stay Unstoppable During the Holidays

Halloween decorations

It was the best of time, it was the worst of times… If you’re a total fan of Charles Dickens, you’ll know that those are the immortal words of opening narration of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Or, if you’re like me and you can’t stand anything written by Charles Dickens (except for “A Christmas Carol”), you […]

She’s an Unstoppable Mom


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


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

Fadra and Mom

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 […]