Quick & Easy Almost Vegan Banana Bread

My toddler is obsessed with bananas. It took me 30 years to like bananas. Genetics are a crock. But seriously bananas are his favorite fruit and he’ll pretty much take them anyway he can get them. I, on the other hand, wouldn’t go near them unless they were covered in sugar, baked to a warm…

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Infertility and Postpartum Depression

If you’ve experienced any level of infertility on the road to welcoming your child, you’re part of an unfortunate but supportive club. People who struggle with getting pregnant or staying pregnant — we just GET IT. We know what to say and, most importantly, what not to say. You can dive into your current frustrations with…

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When Your Children’s Age Gap Wasn’t Your Choice

I recently had a rare night off in which I met up with a group of mom friends. We had a wonderful time. I showered, ordered grown up beverages, calmed no tantrums, and got almost nothing spilled on me. It was so magical and so liberating. Until the conversation inevitably turned to the ideal age gap between kids. (If…

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Why Moms Should Defend the Harambe Mom

When I first learned about the Cincinnati Zoo’s incident involving a gorilla who was shot to death after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, my reactions and opinions swung quickly from outrage to support to outrage and then support and some outrage again. I care very deeply about animal rights. I want Sea World shut down.…

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Your Baby Made Me a Mama

I didn’t envision my motherhood journey starting out this way. Although, I suspect, you didn’t envision motherhood this way either. Despite our plans, of the nearly 19,000 children in foster care in our state, your baby came to me and in that instant our motherhood journeys collided. Your baby taught me about all those sleepless…

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Why Your Mother’s Day Gift Is Doomed to Fail

Flowers, handmade cards, and mimosa-laden brunches are all great Mother’s Day gifts, but that’s not what she really wants. Not even close. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can never get mom what she wants the most. Maybe the only way you can really show your appreciation is to at least try…

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Why I’m Done Reading Parenting Books

I admittedly have an obsession with parenting books and studying parenting philosophies to the point of ridiculousness. One morning my toddler wanted my attention and I was annoyed because I was trying to finish reading this article I found about how to be a more attentive parent. The irony wasn’t lost on me. But it’s not just…

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To the Moms of High-Needs Babies, You Got This

When my pediatrician remarked that my four-month-old daughter was indeed a high-needs baby, I felt a huge sigh of relief. Well, first I ran to the Internet and read what exactly this meant and discovered that YES, she sure fit the bill to a tee. I felt better knowing my daughter didn’t act this way because of anything we did wrong as…

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I’m a Helicopter Mom and Proud of It

Recently a coworker sent me a link to the Washington Post article, “Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children.” A few days later, a few of us were discussing taking our kids trick-or-treating and my coworker joked that I’m probably “that mom who carefully inspects every last piece of…

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Top 10 Character Traits to Nurture in Growing Kids

Raising kids to become well adjusted, contributing members of society is a tall order. There are many things I wish for my daughter. One, I hope she wants to get an education. What she does with it is up to her — there are many definitions of “success.” Two, I hope she ends up happy…

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