Earlier this month, I started speaking to a counselor again to help me with my mental health. This is the fourth one I've had in my 30+ years on this planet. Coming back to counseling was easier for me...
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...
In our latest episode of our Whose Kid is That?!? podcast, Julie and Val are joined by Aliza Shapiro, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist and founder of Therapy in the City. They chat about what revenge bedtime procrastination is, why we do...
The relationship between a mother and daughter is unlike any other. There is arguably no one else in the world who knows you so wholly and so intimately, sometimes better than you know yourself. Your mother saw you through...
While at my daughter’s gymnastics class, someone made a reference to Nick At Night and my old Gen X heart soared. Is there someone here who remembers Nick At Night besides me? Let’s be besties! We can put our...
Speech articulation and language development are the most common communication topics I am asked about by fellow parents who know I am a Speech-Language Pathologist. However, I also receive a fair number of questions about childhood speech disfluencies, especially...
Spine health is vital to our overall health. Our spines support and protect our brain, spinal cord, and nervous system. It is, after all, what keeps us upright - literally. The thing is, we often ignore or put off simple strategies...
I've come to realize that not everyone was raised surrounded by the laughter that can accompany a good fart. Maybe the topic was off-limits, unspoken, or taboo. If that's the way you like it, by all means, you do...
I’m writing this while in the throes of major overstimulation. This overstimulated mama could use a time-out. But that’s not happening any time soon. My son, who is almost 2.5, is talking a mile a minute these days. He wants...
I wish that I knew that I was an introvert before I had children. Because parenting as an introvert is quickly teaching me that I need alone time in order to recharge my batteries.  I didn’t understand there is zero...
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...
Remember life before kids, when you could read a great book without any interruptions? As a mom of two, every book I read has to be put down roughly eight hundred times per page so I can play never-ending...
Gender roles are odd enough but add kids and suddenly there are a million new roles and expectations, and everyone does it all a different way. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, dual working parents, or even non-working parents, every...
Freezing temperatures, snow storms, and the lack of sunlight make surviving and thriving in the coldest winter in Vermont harsh and borderline unbearable to an indoor girl like me. If you didn’t already pick up on this, I’m not a...

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,...
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Why I HATE Fall… Y’all