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Our ‘No Sports’ House and Why I’m OK with That

“What sports is your son playing this summer?” The question caught me off-guard. I just met this woman, and we were at dinner with some mutual friends. “Um…none,” I said. She laughed. “I’m sure there’s something – baseball? Football? Karate?” “None. He doesn’t play sports,” I repeated, and she abruptly turned and started talking to […]

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Dinnertime Is the Best Time

Our household runs on rules. And while I am getting better at relaxing many of my rules, there’s one that I will not budge on: family dinnertime. Eating dinner together is mandatory in my house. Everyone eats together, at the table, with no TV. Occasionally, someone might be at practice or have a meeting which […]

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The End to the Argument “What Kind of Parenting is Harder”

Momming is hard. It’s an underappreciated, underpaid, and understaffed position with benefits in the form of cuddles and kisses, precocious smiles, high-pitched giggles, scraped knees, dirty kitchen tables, and endless laundry. It’s also one of the most hotly contested arguments among women today — Who has it worse? I’ve been (almost) all the types of […]

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Breast Cancer and Boudoir Photos

The first time I posed in my bra and panties I giggled at the absurdity of standing nearly naked in front of a stranger who was taking my photo. The second time, I felt incredibly comfortable and confident wearing lingerie, even though my body was a wreck. The third and most recent time, I felt […]

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Things Moms Do Not Want to Wake Up To

Mornings are hard anyway, but as a new family of six (!), routines are being altered as we adjust to having doubled our household size. But over the last month, there have been several (unwanted) morning “surprises” around the house. And not all of them have been good ones. In no particular order, I present […]

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