Helicopter parents are a readily identifiable species: Omnipresent, hovering, constantly scanning the area for dangers (both real and imagined) that might warrant swooping in to rescue their beloved child(ren). Many people know at least a few who fit that description, and some of us will recognize ourselves therein. Although I do not know if there… Read More I’m not ashamed to be a helicopter parent
I have two sets of children. The first set, a girl and a boy, were carefully planned, exactly 2 years apart. The second set, not so much. We wanted a third child, but gave up after years of heartbreak. Months later, it somehow happened, and then it split in half. This brought identical twins to… Read More Birth Order is Real
Eight springs ago, I was pregnant with my first son. I was working at a job that I really loved, I’d known my husband for four years, and I was pretty sure I had life figured out. Sure, having a child would change some things, but life would mostly stay the same with the addition of… Read More And just like that, life returned to normal(ish).
Two months pregnant and I’m letting down my kid. I don’t really feel that way (maybe a tiny bit), but I’m afraid others might. Mommy forums and the mainstream culture are full of a narrative of being in love with your baby before it’s even morphed from embryo to fetus. I read a lot of… Read More I’m Already Not a Selfless Saint
I’m getting a divorce. After many years of being in an abusive relationship, I made the decision to leave. Don’t be sorry; I’m fine. I’ve come to terms with the emotional aspect long ago. At this point, I’m just going through the steps to make it final in the eyes of the law. One… Read More That Time My “Judge Less” Mantra Was Put to the Test
It’s 5:30pm and I just braved at least 30 minutes of the world’s most frustrating traffic before stopping to pick up my daughter at school. I still have a significant drive home with a planned stop at the grocery store. I’ve been up since 4:45am and am pretty sure that loading her into the car… Read More Parking Lot Confessional
Parenting is truly, and sometimes unfortunately, a “learn as you go” adventure. You can read all of the parenting books out there and still not be fully prepared. I may not be an expert – okay, I’m definitely not an expert – but I have been a mom for four years now and have learned… Read More 5 Tips for Surviving Parenthood
Go ahead and start typing “post adoption” into Google. If yours is set up like mine, to give you short-cuts to the most popular search terms, your first option will be Post Adoption Depression. Here. Here. Here. Here. No shit. This is a real thing. I’ve spent years in the foster and adoption community. I’ve completed… Read More Post-Adoption Depression