#RealMomGiftGuide Back-to-School Mom Hacks

I know that back-to-school time is pure hell for some. I do have a few things up my sleeve ready for when all hell breaks loose and I need a “save me” product to put a smile on your kids’ faces. All of them. Including the dog & hubby. I mean face it…we #RealityMoms DO take care of EVERYONE, don’t we? #RealMomGiftGuide Back-to-School Mom Hacks Super-Me Backpacks Do you have a Super Hero on your hands? Are they headed to school/daycare? Do they need a little motivation? Well, the is…

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Please, Stop Asking “Are You Going Back To Work?”

After what felt like a short maternity leave with my son (or as we American women know it “short-term disability”), I went back to working in my office job. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to telecommute two days a week. Still, I spent lots of time in the car, shuttling my baby to daycare in the morning, then driving over an hour away to work. My son was in care all day until my husband would retrieve him on his way home from work and take him home via…

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Science Says: Early School Starts are Unhealthy

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I fumble around in the pitch dark to turn it off and then lie very still so that I can listen for sounds in the house. A few small noises from down the hall let me know that my daughter is up and going. As my feet hit the floor, I exhale a small sigh of relief that she rousted herself out of bed without help. I walk downstairs, wiping the sleep out of my eyes so that I can clearly admire…

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Finding My Inner Badass When I’m Feeling Bad

Not going to lie, the first months of 2017 weren’t my best. I could list the series of unfortunate events that made me feel like a total failure as a mom, wife, and friend lately, but why torture myself? Let’s just leave it at the fact that I wasn’t exactly living up to my self-given label of being a badass. I pretty much have just been bad. And on some days, I’ve just been an ass. But badassery was nowhere to be found. The good news is that I recognized…

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Are You Proud of Your Kids? Maybe You Shouldn’t Be

When my daughter Allegra was a wee thing, and she experienced an achievement—stacking a high block onto the top of a tower, getting all her shirts tucked away into a closet cubicle, having a teacher write “Good job!” on the top of a submitted paper—my first reaction was to compliment her with “I’m so proud of you.” That’s what I knew from my youth: “I’m proud of you” was a sought-after goal. Hearing someone say I’d made him or her feel proud was the external validation to chase. But then….

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