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Dependent and Independent

“Mommy, come join us.” He’ll say, wanting me to sit next to him. Play these days involves me sitting and observing only. “Mommy, Noooo!!!” He insists if I reach for a toy. Being kept from playful participation AND productivity around the house – I could be cleaning up right now! – can feel like a forced timeout. He wants me close, but not too close. So there I sit (for a […]

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Home Cooking Never Felt Better

Years ago, after completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to the East Coast to begin a masters program. I got a full-time job at the university where I had enrolled in order to cut back on tuition costs, and I signed up for classes part-time. (I had refused to take out more student loans and was figuring out the financials for myself.) When I made the move out east, mom went with […]

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Enjoy It

The “enjoy it” sentiment is thrown out to parents of small children with the casualness and regularity of the phrase “have a good day”, troublesome as it may be. I took it to mean that I should enjoy every single everything about mothering, and I viewed it as an achievable feat. As it turns out, it’s an unrealistic ideal. There. I said it. I was stretched as thin as I […]

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The Parenting Mantra: I Am Tired

“I am tired.” That was on constant repeat in my mind for the first year of my life as a mom: Sitting on the couch for feedings…every 3 hours for at least a half hour… “I am tired.” Showering…you know, every three days or so… “I am tired.” Putting on makeup…my 5-minute rush job of concealer, powder, blush, mascara… “I am tired.” Driving… “Why are there so many bad drivers in this […]

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