We’re All Responsible For Raising Kids To Be Good People

My country is becoming unrecognizable to me. I am more scared than I have ever been about the direction our world is headed. The news reports no longer look like current events, but seem to have somehow been replaced with programming that resembles disturbing documentaries that belong on the History Channel. How could these things be happening in my country? These things happen elsewhere; in countries in the midst of civil war. Not here. These things happen in time periods long past. Not now. I wish I could bury my…

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Gluten-Free Diet Fad? Not in my House

Like many people, I enjoy a good cooking show from time to time. I have even learned some new cooking tips this way that I use in my kitchen every day. Normally these shows are not emotionally charged or controversial in any way. What could be controversial about delicious Italian cuisine or homemade Southern cooking? Not a whole lot. That is, until a few months ago one talk show host made a comment about gluten-free diets. That day, the host had a baker on the show demonstrating how to bake…

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To The Mom Struggling To Hold Her Sh*t Together

To the Mom Struggling to Hold Her Sh*t Together, I have something important to tell you, mama: I don’t see you. Now, don’t stop reading just yet. Please hear me out. It’s true I don’t see you, but I know what you are going through. I know that these days you are almost always exhausted and fueled by caffeine and anxiety. I know that you try your best to be a good mother, partner, daughter, and friend, but all too often feel like you are failing at all of them. I know that more than once a day you scream on the inside, “There’s only one of me!” I know you feel deep mommy love, as well as deep mommy guilt, for not being the person you think you should be. I know there are days…

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Why My Facebook Posts are All Sweetness and Sunshine

I love Facebook. I do. It allows for community building with like-minded people, provides entertainment, shares helpful information and is a way to stay connected with old friends. I enjoy reading articles that discuss life hacks and reminisce about trends from my childhood, watching cooking videos of tasty recipes I’ll never make and keeping up with the latest news in my friends’ lives. Facebook is a lot like how I imagine quicksand to be. If you tread lightly and quickly you are fine, but the minute you linger a little…

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The ABCs of Motherhood: 26 Tips for Moms-To-Be

Becoming a mother is a wonderful, but challenging experience. In order to help expectant moms be better prepared, a helpful glossary is below for reference. The ABCs of Motherhood Anxiety: The experience of creating the most absurd worst-case scenarios in your head and then obsessing about them. Examples include worrying about the possible long-term side effects of the non-organic vegetables you served at dinner, and wondering if television really does rot the brain. These thoughts can occur at any given moment, though usually right as you are about to fall…

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