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Kirsten

Kirsten
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Kirsten is a native Wisconsinite who married a Brit, moved to England and happily ended up in Madison in 2010. She and her husband, Adrian, are parents to Sophie, Charlie and Susannah, who fascinate and exhaust their parents pretty much every day. A former newspaper reporter, Kirsten now supports mompreneurs through her website, motherbility.com. She's also a mini-expert on traveling with kids. (Always answer "Should we go to ... " with "yes." Bring toys, snacks and an excess of patience.) She and her family camp every summer, usually in state parks, because they love outdoor living. And s'mores.

Wisconsin Voting 101: Absentee ballots, key deadlines and where to turn for help

UPDATE: On Sept. 21, a federal judge ruled that absentee ballots in Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by the election, a decision...

So You Want To Buy A Lake Cottage

Three summers ago, my husband and I decided, absolutely for sure, that we were not going to buy a lake cottage. And then we bought one the following week. It wasn't, however, an impulse buy. Quite...

Just add diversity: Using your TV to battle racism

Not everything has to be "12 Years A Slave". I mean, yes, by all means watch that movie. After all, it won the Best Picture Oscar as, according to Rotten Tomatoes, an "unflinchingly brutal look...

George Floyd’s plea to all mamas

"I can't breathe!" breaks my heart. But it's the "Mama!" that haunts me. George Floyd, lying face down in the street, his windpipe crushed under the weight of a police officer's knee, gasping for breath, begging...

The Best Lessons, the Best Teachers, Last a Lifetime

Mr. Shingler had been my favorite teacher and coach. But in that moment, I hated him. It was eighth grade and, all year, I had been a starting forward on the basketball team. One week, though, I...

The Best Ideas I Ever Stole

Sometimes we have great ideas. Sometimes other people have great ideas. And sometimes we look at other people's great ideas and think, "Yes! I should do THAT!" Sharing is caring, people. So, with that, I give you some...

My kids like their dad more, and it’s OK

I already know the answer, of course, but nevertheless I ask: "Which parent do you want to ride with?" "Who do you want to tuck you into bed?" "Do you want to sit next to Mom or...

I Fought Nature, and Nature Won

My daughter's birth, it turns out, wouldn't be an aberration. Realizing that earlier would have saved us years of frustration and struggle. Back in 2009, I was nine days past my due date and battling with...

How We Afford Family Vacations (and you can, too)

My husband and I are nomads at heart. But we also want our kids to have a stable childhood. So, to satisfy our need to stay put and our need to keep moving, we bought...

Why Traveling With Kids is Worth the Trouble

Nothing strains my marriage like preparing for a family vacation. "So, what's the plan tomorrow?" my husband asked me in January, two days before the start of a weeklong cruise. "We will do what we always...

From Disney to San Diego: Tips for choosing a family trip, from a mom...

"Where should my family and I go on vacation?" (Blissful sigh.) That's one of my favorite questions. I often see it asked on Facebook, and my heart leaps: "Ooh, ooh!! I know, I know!!", I want to shout....

Secrets of Madison: An insider’s guide to fun things you probably haven’t tried

So ... don't get me wrong. I thoroughly appreciate the richness of mom life in Madison. I mean, come on: There's a zoo! And it's freakin' free! And yet. My kids and I have been to the...