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Dazed and Confused. Or Is it Mom Distraction Disorder?

When we are so busy raising our little people and dealing with the ups and downs that they throw at us, sometimes our brains seem to disappear. I know you feel me, here. It begins with pregnancy (yes, scientists have proven that your brain actually shrinks during pregnancy). But this disorder continues on for years. […]

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Go with your Gut, Dear Mama

Go with Your Gut, Dear Mama: Why You Know Your Kids Better than Anyone Else

My son was a mere 2 weeks old when I knew something was wrong.  He was sleeping 21+ hours a day. His skin had started getting darker. Nursing sessions seemed to get longer every time, and it was so hard to keep him awake during the process.  I had nursed my daughter for 13 months […]

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Adult Children: Healthy Communication for a New Season

This is the second in a series about communication between you and your child. Why focus on communication? Brazilian educator Paulo Freire says it best: “Yet only through communication can human life hold meaning.” We talk to our children from birth; we spend countless hours and millions of words communicating with them over a lifetime. […]

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Weary and Tired Mom

An Open Letter to the Weary and Tired SAHM

I see you there. Standing in the middle of the kitchen, talking to yourself. Or, maybe it’s the dirty dishes? You’ve broken up with them again haven’t you? You’ve decided they’re not worth the work today, or the stress. No matter. They weren’t much for conversation, anyway. It’s already been a long day hasn’t it? […]

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Choosing People Over Things

Choosing People Over Things

Slowly but surely, hand-held devices are infiltrating and controlling our lives and conversations.  A ring here, a ping there, and then an audible silence, luring our attention away from a real-time conversation toward a lifeless screen. Ring, Ring, Ring My daughter and I were recently sitting together at the island in our kitchen, fully engrossed […]

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Who Is This Kid?

I have these kids completely figured out, and then a few days later they do something that throws me completely off. I, of course, suspect it’s because I don’t spend enough time with my children. It’s because I don’t talk to them enough. It’s because I work full-time out of the home. Of course. But […]

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How to Not Lose Yourself In Motherhood

How To Not Lose Yourself In Motherhood

When I was ten years old, I was caught in an undertow at Virginia Beach. The wave tumbled and tossed me, dragged me along the gritty ocean floor and then swirled me up again in a wet, relentless swirl. I lost myself for a moment, and when I recovered I felt disoriented and scraped up. [...]
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