Laura Roald

Laura is a contributing writer for BurlingtonVT Moms Blog. A good Canadian girl, she moved to Vermont with her family in 2013, and spends her days chasing two irrepressible little girls around the Green Mountains. She has spent most of her life making and teaching live theatre. Follow her on Twitter @redsmirk
Never Would I Ever

Never Would I Ever

I will never do that when I have kids. It’s a popular cliché, the idea that in the rosy pre-child-invasion phase of life we make long and super-judgmental lists of how we will raise our...
Not Losing Myself in Motherhood

Not Losing Myself In Motherhood

Before I had kids, I was cool. Ha - Made ya look! No, I was never cool. I was a chubby arty geek girl with a flair for the dramatic. I worked very hard for...
Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure: Parenting Edition

Parenting is a series of choices. Your basic job as the person raising this child is to make the initial decisions that will chart the course of their lives. NO PRESSURE. These choices can be...
Introvert Mama Begs to be Alone

Introvert Mama Begs To Be Alone

I don’t want to talk to my children. Being around them is exhausting me. I am not talking about the old school exhaustion when babies and toddlers keep you awake and running around twenty-four hours...
Life with Resting Grumpy Mom Face

Life with Resting Grumpy Mom Face

Grumpy: surly or ill-tempered; discontentedly or sullenly irritable; grouchy. "grumpy." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 15 Oct. 2015. <>. I am not a grumpy mom. I think I am pretty laidback and fun, most of the...

13 Reasons My Little Girls Were Crying This Week

I hate crying. I mean, personally. If you need to sob it out, please go ahead, I will get you a tissue and offer an awkward hug. I understand the importance of tears as an...
What to watch?

TV I’ll Watch in Front of my Kids

It's time for me to come clean about screen time. Not for my kids. They are beautiful weirdos who hate movies and prefer painting to video games. Their screen time is currently negligible, to my...
I like the Quiet

I Like the Quiet.

My youngest child went to kindergarten. The only creatures in my house, aside from some unnamed and unwelcome fruit flies, are me and my cat, Doyle. I sit here at my desk and listen. Quiet. I like...
Happy New year pencils

Let’s Toast the Real New Year!

Happy New Year, Everyone! (insert silver paper noisemaker being blown in your face.) No, I don’t need to check my calendar. This is the authentic New Year. September is the month we truly begin again. While...
Writing Letters To Camp Is My Personal Hell

Writing Letters To Camp Is My Personal Hell.

It’s not that I don’t love my eldest daughter. It’s not that I don’t want to support her burgeoning independence in every way possible. It’s not even that I dislike writing. On the contrary, I...
De Quervain's Tenosynovitis and the new mom

Look Ma, No Hands! De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis and the New Mom

When I was a new mom, the thing I wanted more than anything else was a working set of opposable thumbs. I wanted to pick up my magical bundle of daughter without yelping in...
Childhood Freedoms are a game of risk

Childhood Freedoms are a Game of Risk

I was five years old when I came home to an empty house. My family lived across the street from my elementary school, and as a kindergartner in the late 1970’s I was allowed to...

Local Liquids: Tretap Taste Test

{Disclaimer:: We partnered together with Tretap to bring you this sponsored post. Although we received compensation for this post, the opinions and thoughts expressed are entirely our own!} Confession time: I am a hydration hypocrite. I...
best friend heartbreak

Best Friend Heartbreak

Upstairs tonight, I have two broken-hearted little girls tossing and turning in their beds. They are each missing an important piece of girlhood: a best friend. My oldest girl is sad because her best friend...