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We Need to Talk

A few months ago, I attended a small regional conference here in Madison for the first time, and was not at all surprised to find I was one of very few people of color present, as I often am....
This summer has been the best yet. It's been the kind of summer that I want to revel in forever. The kind that someday I will look back on with great fondness. This morning I glanced at my kids...

Just The One

"Just the one." And there it is… the “look” that always paints a fellow moms face as I respond to her asking how many children I have. An awkward silence trails my response as we try to find a...

When Parenting is Boring

A few weeks ago, my husband sent me a link to a parenting article that openly used the B word in reference to parenting. Boring. He was elated. It turned out there was someone else in the world who shared his...
Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. I have rounded up 12 books that celebrate diversity that you can share with your family. Let me know in the comments of any favorites you have! Not...

When Your Toddler Won’t Talk

A year ago, my son was about to turn 2 and had never said the word "Mama." Or "Dada." Or "ball." Or "up." Mason was silent and stoic, and we were nervous. Our pediatrician frowned at the communication questionnaires I filled out and recommended speech therapy. I frantically Googled things like "2 year...

This Part is Just Hard

I had almost forgotten what it's like to have a newborn. Even with all the joy and love a new baby brings, this part is hard. So hard. It's the kind of hard that brings you to tears of...
I remember the day perfectly. It was a gorgeous, early spring day in Upstate New York.  My then 18-month old son and I were at the playground near our house playing and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. I had brought...
Well, it’s official: the holidays are over. All that’s left, for a lot of us, is an alarming number of new toys (...donation time!) and about eleventy-zillion photos. The other day, I was looking through all the pictures I took—kids in...
Dear Sweet Baby Girls, You ARE a dream come true. (Please never forget that). And I will always love you with every ounce of my being. I will always remember how desperately I yearned to bring you into this world....
Moments. As mothers, our days are filled with moments. Good moments. Exhausting moments. Never-ending moments. Unforgettable moments. Boring moments. Frustrating moments. Heart-warming moments. Challenging moments. Sweet moments. Rushed moments. Life-changing moments. Hard moments. And the thing about all of these "moments," is...
Dear Stay-at-Home Mom, Can I be honest? Sometimes, I get jealous of you. Like, when I picture your mornings, minus the chaos of hustling kids out the door to daycare. I picture breakfasts eaten without staring at the clock, maybe a...

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Be Active Wisconsin | Community Challenge in March 2021

It’s been a year. An entire year since the pandemic kicked off in the US. It has been devastating, infuriating and life altering but...