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Daddy’s Girls

To my daughters, I’m basically chopped liver. They ignore me and give me little to no attention all day long (unless I’m in the bathroom or on the phone. Then I am The Only Person Left on Earth). But their Dad? The moment his car pulls into the driveway at five o’clock, they literally drop […]

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Advocating for My Son Isn’t Difficult. Letting Go Is.

From the time he turned four, going literally anywhere was a terrifying experience. He would bolt from the car and climb a light pole or run to see something interesting on the opposite side of the street. He narrowly escaped being hit by a car hundreds of times. In public places, it was a given […]

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I Just Blinked

Time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. I listened to an interview with Barry Gibb the other day — the handsome Gibb brother from the BeeGees. Yes, I know, some of you have probably never heard of the BeeGees. He sounded old, which made me feel old, and I wondered where the […]

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Meet Mandy

Milwaukee is in my bloodline. I’m a proud product of a hardworking family dedicated to serving the city of Milwaukee and one of seven valedictorians in my class at my Milwaukee public school. I’ve only left for a semester of college, only to realize that my family is my home and my home is Milwaukee. […]

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Am I Cut Out for This?

This week has been rough. The kids have been cranky, the house is in disarray, we all have cabin fever. As mothers, we can often feel overwhelmed. But every once in a while, when I feel especially exhausted and defeated, I can’t help but think to myself: “Am I cut out for this?” When I was […]

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It Doesn’t Get Easier; You Get Stronger

The first year with a new baby is HARD.  Like, REALLY hard. So hard, in fact, older moms in public often offer unsolicited reassurance to strangers they see with infants and toddlers, smiling knowingly and saying “don’t worry, hun, after the first year, it gets easier.” But you know what?  I’m calling their bluff. Of course, my experience is […]

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