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3 Ways My Preschooler Benefits from Mommy's Liberal Arts Degrees
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3 Ways My Preschooler Benefits from Mommy’s Liberal Arts Degrees

My bachelor’s degree earned 11 years ago is on display at my parents’ home, nearly always dust-free. The Bachelor of Arts in English was a real result of their faith. Advisors during my first semester in college counseled me to declare a major I was comfortable in and not one to attempt a “leg-up” in…

August 15, 2017
Chips in Bodies
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Chips in Bodies

I woke up thinking about whether I would implant microchips into my children after reading an article the night before regarding a group of employees in Wisconsin who have agreed to do so. Not because the kids have been naughty or missing or restless, but solely because they will be teenagers in…

July 29, 2017
"Mom Brain": A Mom's Perspective
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“Mom Brain”: A Mom’s Perspective

“Mommy brain,” “momnesia,” “preg head,” “baby brain,” or “mom brain drain” is as indigenous an indicator of modern motherhood as “caffeine fix” and “mom-shaming.” However, I cannot help but wonder if “mom brain” derives as a product of societal engagement and from the expectations dumped onto mothers, or persists in something deeper, perhaps innate,…

July 25, 2017
Something Like a Style
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Something Like a Style

“Parenting style” is one of those aggrandized balloon terms that kinda confuses me. Ideas about my disorientation regard the implied identification that there is one singular pattern of behavior a parent displays in the parenting of their children, regardless of the behavior of the child. Similar to the generality…

July 14, 2017
How to Be a Good Mom
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How to Be a Good Mom

Oftentimes, our popular culture adopts or invents a term or phrase that sticks so perfectly, and defines so succinctly, that there becomes no other way to describe that thing from that moment forward. New words that we can no longer shake off include “selfie,” “binge-watch,” “photobomb,” “ping,” “airball,” and “yowza,”…

July 7, 2017
Houses and School Buses
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Houses and School Buses

For years, I have piloted the same two recurring dream symbols. Months before my son, Jrue, was born in 2013, my subconscious began a biweekly barrage of dreams connected to houses and school buses. Yep. Houses. And yellow school buses. With my dramatic imagination and crisp…

June 30, 2017
Parenting Advice Vomit
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Parenting Advice Vomit

This week at work, one of the other employees admitted to me that he was going to be a father next January. Almost immediately, I emitted a high-pitched squeal of delight…and began to spew unsolicited parenting advice and need-to-knows. The disclosures were general and fast-paced:…

June 23, 2017
Mommy's Travel Confessional
Food / Theater Kids↹Festival

Mommy’s Travel Confessional

From our home in Georgia to my parent’s home in Virginia lies 572 miles of pretty lakes and weird construction and leagues of expressway, not to mention the largest fireworks emporium in history looming just off I-85. Between here and my husband’s family in Illinois…

June 20, 2017
Gidget's Gadgets Glow
Kids↹Leisure Technology / Imagination

Gidget’s Gadgets Glow

The light atop the cell phone illuminates, indicating recording has begun. Jai blinks at the sudden brightness, perplexity routing her gaze for seconds, then a big, 9-toothed grin spreads and lifts her cheeks. She makes sounds stressing consonants and hops up and down on her…

June 2, 2017
For the Love of Target
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For the Love of Target

Coffee. Wine. The kids’ bedtimes. A clean house. Target. These are a few of moms’ favorite things. Granted, not all mothers follow this specific formula of rightful thrill. Some have ingredients in their stew of the above, percentages that bring them enough of a…

May 23, 2017