I am one thousand percent team #FreeBritney. I have to admit, however, that something about the movement doesn’t sit right with me. If you’re not up on the news, the queen of 2000s pop, Britney Spears, is currently in a...
Did you just get an overwhelming sense of anxiety? Fear? Frustration? Excitement? Did you hear the magical sound of money, not being spent? Or, did you forget about all those hours of potty training your toddler? Whether you have kids...
My daughter went to sleepaway camp for the first time this summer. I had been to sleepaway camp myself as a kid, but the nineties were a long time ago! While some things have stayed the same, other things have...
In the long line of behavior-building choices we make as parents, I have found naptime to be a surprising topic of debate and opinion. I mean, people REALLY have opinions about naptime. Do you stick to an unwavering routine, or...
When I receive the phone call from the snowboard instructor, I know the routine fielding this type of call. My son was having behavioral issues, crying, melting down, and not being able to follow directions, and I needed to...
I have Googled variations of “kid-friendly activities near me” countless times and always end up short-handed. The results are invariably the same: too expensive or too old for my preschool-age kid. I then make my way over to Pinterest...
I wasn't ready for the news that my son is cutting himself. On purpose. I was shocked when his middle school counselor called me one Friday. One of his friends told her that my son was cutting himself. He confirmed...
When Meghan Markle bravely declared on international news that she was, “Not okay,” after the birth of her first child, I found myself nodding along to the clip, recalling those first few weeks and months as a new mom,...
Children boast a wealth of knowledge before they can even clearly articulate their wisdom. Here are ten invaluable life lessons I learned from my toddlers. Sweat the small stuff! When you make a big deal of something it gets resolved...
My husband and I are both artists and we really enjoy being creative with our daughter. Recently, we’ve had fun with some easy fall art projects. In my most recent post, I highlighted ways to approach making art with young...
I recently acted as the musical director for a middle school theater production. While I have a lot of theater experience, there were still plenty of lessons for me to learn. I enjoyed spending time with my son and his...
My pregnancy with my first-born was organized, bullet journaled, and crafted to the extreme. You might say that it was “Pinterest-perfect.” This time around, however, is the complete opposite. While I am preparing for a baby to join our family...
If you’re a stay-at-home mom or if you work from home while caring for your kids, then you know how important it is to get out of the house once in a while, especially during the winter months! Getting...
How can we protect our kids from online predators, if we're somewhat clueless about the social media world in which they live?   Several years ago, before I became a mom, I was a juror in an online child pornography...

In + Around Vermont

Moving to the Vermont Gayborhood of Our Dreams

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My wife and I, with our then 2-year-old, moved to Vermont in 2021 from rural Missouri.  While we had great friends and community in Missouri,...
A featured image for a blog post about hating fall.

Why I HATE Fall… Y’all