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Five More Minutes

“Five more minutes.” This is my older son’s habitual plea as my husband and I deposit him in bed each night, entreating us to stay with him as he falls asleep. New to the world of “big boy” novelties—a toddler bed and Lightning McQueen underwear chief among them—this request is...
line at Starbucks

35 #RealityMom Thoughts in the Starbucks Line

On one particular visit, I became keenly aware of all of things that I think about while I’m waiting in line at Starbucks. There were 35 to be exact.

Our Summer Bucket List is About More than Summer

Our summer bucket list is about so much more than just summer. It is about continuing treasured traditions from the past and preparing her for the big world ahead.

Perfectly Imperfect, and a Real Mother of a Princess

Some world events have an impact on us, regardless of whether we have any real connection to them. Approaching the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, documentaries and magazine specials celebrate the life of the “People’s Princess.” As in the days following her death, I’ve been swept up in...
creative father's day

Happy Father’s Day from #RealityMoms

It’s Father’s Day again. Sandy O’Brien from Creative Juice Group got crafty with a special Father’s Day video! Share it with all your favorite #RealityDads! Creative Juice Group was born in 2008 with a merger and rebranding of Flash Art (created in 1980) and Sandy O Studio (in 1986). The...

Nostalgia and Wanderlust, Oh My!

Have you ever had a real case of nostalgia and wanderlust and you put them together and you run around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to find the possessions you have that remind you of that event? Months and months ago, I went on the hunt...

A Sneak Peak at #RealityMoms 2017

How was your year? I often wonder what happened in others’ lives when I see or hear them say “I’m so glad this year is over.” Personally, 2016 was the best and worst year I have ever had but honestly? I don’t have any desire to go back to what...

Get Out and Vote!

I recently spent time in Australia, where it is COMPULSORY to vote in national elections. If you don’t vote, they send you a ticket with a fine. On one level, compulsory voting seems undemocratic. Who has the right to MAKE you show up at the polls??? We Americans don’t like...
Life lessons

20 Life Lessons I Want my Kids to Learn

As a psychologist, I often reflect on the things that make people happy (or rather, “content.” No one is actually “happy” all the time). Through my work I get glimpses into the things that matter—the behaviors and ways of thinking that lead to satisfaction, and those that lead to misery.  And...
how's summer going?

#RealityMoms Answer: How’s Summer Going?

#RealityMoms around the country are either a couple of weeks in or halfway through the summer by now, depending on what school district they live in. So we asked them – how’s your summer going? My daughter has decided that she wants to do a Kool-aid stand, either giving cups...