The Sunday Afternoon Before School Starts

The Sunday Afternoon Before School Starts

I am sitting here in my house counting down the hours before my kids get back from their dad's house. I have a little less than three house before my house is once more full of little girl's laughter, chatter and sibling rivalry. Tonight is the last night of summer vacation. Tomorrow I will get the girl's up, feed them breakfast, help them dress for school and fix their hair … [Read more...]

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Raising Kids in a World that Seems to SUCK

Raising Kids in a World that Seems to SUCK

I am more than a little mad today. I am pissed. I am so sick and tired of how we, as humans, treat each other. It is as if our rights and opinions have more importance than our actual lives. Maybe I watch too much news. Maybe I spend too much time reading complaint after complaint on social media. Or maybe the information overload has finally rotted the holes in my brain that … [Read more...]

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I Don’t Want My Kids to Go Back to School

I Don't Want My Kids to Go Back to School

That's a lie. I do want my kids to go back to school. I want to get through one post or assignment, or phone call, or potty break, or anything else without being interrupted. I want the schedule. The consistency. The education of my children. I want them to make friends, to challenge the teachers with intelligent questions that make them think. I want to take photos on the … [Read more...]

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Is being a single mom hindering my success?

Is being a single mom hindering my success? #SKExperts AD

I am a proud SheKnows.com contributor. See all of my articles now! Is being a single mom hindering my success? I had to turn it down. A media trip that I would have moved mountains to go on. The interview with the A-list star, the trip to my favorite city in the world, the opportunity that would make me the envy of coworkers and the pride of my friends. But I couldn't … [Read more...]

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I Don’t Want to Be a Bitter Mother

I Don't Want to Be a Bitter Mother

There is a gash in my soul. A cut so deep within me that it can not be reached, repaired or receive the oxygen it needs to dissipate. It is just there, perpetual and persistent in it's inability to heal.  It was small in childhood, one peppered with memories of love and pain. A dramatic youth full of loss, confusion and instability. Adoption and a stable family for years seemed … [Read more...]

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6 Ways Raising My Spitfire Youngest Has Made Me Better Person

6 Ways My Raising My Spitfire Youngest Has Made Me Better Person

My beautiful youngest daughter is 6 today. 6. I have to let that sink in while I grab my tissue for my tears that are sure to come.  She is growing up way too fast, as all moms can relate, and challenging me every step of the way. I would not have it any other way. This spitfire little girls is determined, strong-willed and just like me. I have written about her independent … [Read more...]

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7 Words That Are Banned in My House

7 Words That Are Banned in My House

'Shut Up' 'I Can't' 'Stupid' 'Hate' 'Idiot' 'Crap' 'Whatever' As a self proclaimed writer, I am a champion for the English language. I am also a supporter of using words to promote your true feelings and emotions as they happen. However, I do feel that words hurt and can hurt very deeply. Even the words you say to yourself. So I have 7 Words That Are Banned … [Read more...]

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Why I Don’t Cuss in Front of my Kids… Much

Why I Don't Cuss in Front of my Kids... Much

I have a potty mouth. I land somewhere between a sailor and a sailor who has had a few too many flasks of brandy. It's true. You would never know it on here because I think there is a time and a place to pull out the humdingers of filthy language to support your point of view. It is not on a blog, in my opinion. I also think that the English language provides enough words to … [Read more...]

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I Am a Conservative Mother and I Won’t Apologize for It

I Am a Conservative Mother and I Won't Apologize for It

My children do not wear bikinis. My children do not have their ears pierced. My children do not wear mid drift shirts or shorts that are too tight. My children are told that tattoos are not acceptable, no matter their age. My children do not watch movies that are above their age range. My children will not date until 16 or later. My children will not wear high … [Read more...]

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To the Mom Who Breastfeeds in Public

To the Mom Who Breastfeeds in Public

I am a supporter of mothers who take care of their children. Breastfed, bottle fed, formula fed or any other variation of getting nutrition to your child is fine with me. I breast fed and supplemented with formula for my first child because I worked out of the home. I simply could not pump enough at work to supply her with what she needed. I breastfed my next two as a stay at … [Read more...]

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Why Josh Duggar’s Sex Abuse Admission Damages My Trust In People

Why Josh Duggar's Sex Abuse Admission Threatens My Trust Even More

It happened. The one family I deemed OK for my kids to watch on TV is now banned in this house. I won't put money and trust into a family who hid sex abuse allegations against their son. I won't support a family who preaches to anyone who will listen that physical activity is saved for marriage when the sexual abuse of 5 girls by one of their own  children is in the history. I … [Read more...]

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