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I have a distinct memory of sitting in the backyard of the house I grew up in, asking my mom to play Barbie Dolls with me. “Sweetie,” she said, “Mommy will dress the Barbies and brush their hair, how about you make them talk?” I remember thinking, as a five-year-old, that this was so odd. How could my mom not want to engage 24/7 in the imaginative play that my sister, my friends, and I delighted in and couldn’t get enough of? But now? I get it. I absolutely adore overhearing my five, seven, and even two-year old use their imaginations for pretend play. My five-year-old has especially dramatic voices she uses for her dolls and my seven-year-old can set...
7:42 a.m. Day 1 of summer break. My youngest, 11, comes up to me and lays in my lap as I am working. I already know what she is about to say because we have been here so many times before. "I'm boooooored," she moans. "I can't help you. You have plenty to do." She marches off, mad and mumbling to herself. I remember being that age and home during summer break. I spent my afternoons playing outside or with friends. I never told my mom that I was bored because she would just give me chores to do. I learned that lesson pretty quickly. My kids have also learned the same lesson. When my children were younger, I would plan out their summers. Bucket lists of...
Sitting outside, dining in Houston, TX, I was recently reminded of the fragility of time. It began with a young couple being photographed near a fountain in the middle of a busy intersection. Beautiful green dress blowing perfectly in the wind, a picturesque waterfall in the background, and a handsome man adorned in his Sunday's finest. They Will Never Know You see, what this couple will never know is how closely they came to a tragedy that day. If those pictures were taken only minutes later, they may not be alive to see them. My husband and I were sitting on the patio of a restaurant across the street from where the couple was being photographed. Less than ten minutes...
Every day I see posts about encouraging and supporting single moms. And we absolutely should encourage single moms. But somehow and somewhere along the way a false narrative was set out to say that married moms have it all together. Somewhere the misconception began that married moms do not deserve or desire support and encouragement. Well, I’m a married mom and I need these things too. Parenting is hard. Single parenting is hard. Married parenting is hard. Co-parenting is hard. Being a mom is hard! By no means is this post to make light of the plight single moms are experiencing. It is simply to say, please stop mom-shaming married moms when we say we need help. Prior to having...
Disclosure :: This post was sponsored by Ochsner Health and written by Dr. Melissa Love.  How To Keep New Year’s Resolutions January is all about New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, most people struggle with maintaining their commitments for more than a few months. But there’s a way to be successful! It’s possible to keep your New Year's resolutions throughout the year, especially with the proper motivation and planning. Here are some tips and resources to help you along the way. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself to transform your habits and routines at once. Goal setting only works if it is realistic. Changing your habits isn’t easy, and it can take a few months to rewrite ingrained habits. Often, it’s...
I don't think that any woman realizes how or all the ways her life is going to change when she becomes a mother. Your brain becomes this storage space for everyone else's needs and wants. You are the one that makes mental lists and physical lists of the things that need to be done. You grow the capability to somehow know where all the "missing" items are in your house. Items you never use or touch. Your brain goes into overdrive and you'll lay in bed at night listing off the things you will do or finish in the morning. You'll tell yourself that you need a break and you'll sometimes get those breaks. But guess what happens? You still think...
This time of year can be completely magical. Whether it be the beautiful lights on display,  Christmas tunes playing on the radio, or the excitement in your children's eyes. All around us are constant reminders of it being the most wonderful time of the year (queue the music). For some, however, this time of year may not feel so wonderful. How do you make it through the holidays when feeling less than merry and bright? Tradition Goes a Long Way Christmas can be a time when material things come front and center. Children make lists for Santa, relatives often inquire about what to buy for the children, and we are inundated with magazines, ads and promotional offers. Some children receive many...
“Mommy?” Oh no. It hit me the second my 7-year-old’s voice drifted downstairs the other morning at 6:30 am. A sinking sense of dread filled me. I had failed as a parent. Failed to perform my sacred parental duty and keep the magic of childhood alive. I forgot to be the Tooth Fairy. How could I have forgotten?! My son’s second front tooth had fallen out during dinner for goodness sake. My husband and I had even reminded him to put his tooth under the pillow so the tooth fairy would come and get it. And we forgot. I raced up the stairs to find my son trying not to cry as he explained that the tooth fairy had failed to...
When my now 3.5 year old was 9 months old, I brought her to the pediatrician for a well check. During the exam, the doctor found that both of her ears were infected. I was so upset. This was the first time she had really been sick. I wondered how I missed it, how long she had been hurting, and lots of other thoughts that go through a mom’s head when she has a sick child. First and foremost was getting my sweet baby better. The pediatrician gave me a prescription for a 10-day course of antibiotics and instructions to come back in two weeks for a re-check. I immediately filled the prescription and began diligently giving her the...

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