Author: shawnamkitzman

Confessions of a Working Mom: Am I Qualified?

I’m not an awesome mom. Well, sometimes I’m an awesome mom. That’s when I have the right things to say and respond with the appropriate temperament. It’s when I’m at my older daughter’s Principal’s Pride assembly, giving her a thumbs up every time she looks back to verify that I’m still there. It’s when I chaperone

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My Third Pregnancy, Third Trimester Media Diet

Since Trump’s election, I’ve developed a distaste for the news.  Never a real news junkie, until recently I’d devour NPR while driving and check Facebook regularly to be an informed citizen. But the state of the world is bringing me down, and I need to turn it off. Maybe it’s the hormones. Maybe it’s the profound disappointment

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Tales From the Bottom of the Toy Box

I stumbled into a new strategy to reducing holiday spending. It’s related to preparing for another baby. As friends begin to donate car seats and clothes, I’m cleaning out bins, closets, and drawers. Maybe I’m nesting, or maybe I’m just prepping our space for the inevitable flood of baby gear (babies, they roll deep in

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Parenting Hacks: From Jelly Beans to Family Sleepovers

We’ve all got ’em. Those little tricks up our sleeves to get ourselves and kids through the day, to GSD*. Here are a few of my best tactics. Jelly bean currency. I keep a bag of Jelly Belly’s (Kid Flavors!) in my car. When I forget to bring a snack to afternoon pick-up, I dole out

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Will Run for Pie: Our Family’s Manchester Road Race Tradition

Running is a big part of my life, and one factor that makes it so integral is the family of runners that surround me. I grew up spending Thanksgiving morning in the Manchester Road Race. The first year included my mom, dad, sister, uncle, and grandma. Some of us ran, some walked, and some ran-walked the

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The Difference Between the First and Third Pregnancies

Guess what? I’m pregnant with our third baby. Seven years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. A lot has changed since then. As a couple, our entire universe has shifted. We live in a different state, have different jobs, different friends, and we’re six years into this wild ride of parenting. So much has changed, yet

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