Mother’s Day Sucks

Mother’s Day sucks. There, I said it! I fully admit it. It shouldn’t. I’m the proud and lucky mom of two great kids, a girl, 10, and a boy, 4. They are my life, my joy, and I couldn’t imagine my world without them. But see, I belong to this club, the one that no one ever wants to be a part of. I’m a card-carrying member of the “my mother is dead and it sucks club.” There are many of us, and aside from that first few days of…

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As My Grandmother Died, I Learned That All Mothers Matter

I watched my grandmother die today. She was nearly 93, at the end of a long and storied life, and she had no pain. My mother and I were with her, alone together in the room as she left us. In offering condolences, the hospice workers commented on how sweet she was, how kind and loving. That wasn’t the Mimi I knew. The Mimi I knew was a force to be reckoned with, a powerful self-centered woman who valued possessions and external validation above nearly all else. She frequently recounted…

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I Know This is Horrible…But…

There was a Facebook post written by a woman recently that was shared among my tribe. The woman who wrote the post gave two reasons why she thought people should not bring their “disabled children” to a park packed with kids. I won’t post the actual post here out of respect for her privacy. The post prefaced her opinion with “I know this sounds horrible, but… “ Because, you know, that makes it okay to say things that make people feel bad. This woman is entitled to her opinion, and…

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Orlando: Toddler Travel Tips

This post was sponsored by Visit Orlando. All opinions are my own. I never really thought about it – but it really is such a brilliant idea! Traveling with toddlers to Orlando in May!! Why such a great idea, you ask? Because think about it. Spring break, the holidays mean insanity in Orlando, Florida with all the families piling into the city to take in a vacation. But in May – it’s not too hot yet. Plus the big kids are still in school. Meaning any parent who has kids…

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My Kids Take Melatonin: Don’t Judge Me

My children take melatonin. Every. Single. Night. We refer to their nightly doses as their “meds.” As in, “Are you ready to brush your teeth, or do you still need your meds?” Please know, I’ve consulted their pediatrician. What she disapproves of is calling a supplement “medication”. Otherwise, her only input is making sure we were giving each child an appropriate dosage based on age and weight. Ironically, perhaps, my husband and I were far too conservative in our dosage. When my son was little, we tried every method of sleep…

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