The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2020

This past year certainly brought challenges no one could have predicted and it’s certainly a year that will be talked about for a long time to come. As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say how much we truly value, appreciate and respect each and every one of you.

We also wanted to share the 10 most popular blog posts of 2020, determined by page views. They are stories of faith, humor, loss, marriage, motherhood and so much more. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we did.

Top 10 Posts of 2020

1. Dear High School Senior, Your Mom is Grieving Too

“There are probably a lot of emotions running through you right now. At some point in the not-too-distant-past, you felt a jolt of electricity when the announcement first hit – school was cancelled for two weeks. Although there were other important milestones that fell to the friendly fire, they were usually accompanied with terms like “postponed” and “rescheduled.” As the days mounted but before the Netflix shows became stale, those words morphed into one reverberating clanging – ‘cancelled.'” Read more…

2. Wife of a Respiratory Therapist :: COVID-19 Edition

What in God’s name is a Respiratory Therapist (RT)? Simply stated, they are medical professionals who specialize in providing healthcare for your lungs. They are not techs – do not make the mistake of calling them techs (you can thank me later). They are therapists with bachelor’s, masters, and/or associates degrees and can specialize in a load of different things while holding advanced certifications in life saving techniques.Read more…

3. The Glass Sibling

“The lady stood there chatting with her for quite some time, going on and on about how precious she thought Adelaide was. Who wouldn’t stop to say hello? I didn’t blame her, Addi was precious. I’d do the same if I were in her shoes. However, what happened next was a mistake that has been repeated often and draws the mama bear out of me!” Read more…

4. Dear Ruth Bader Ginsburg – From an American and a Mother

“You and I disagreed on some issues, there’s no doubt about that. But never in my years of reading back opinions that fell on the other side of my religious views did I mistake the importance of your place on the Supreme Court of the United States. Never did I worry that beneath your frilly dissent collar beat a heart of a warrior vigilantly watching for gender discrimination, ready to pounce with the full force of the United States Constitution. Read more…

5. The Phrase I Won’t Teach My White Sons: In Memory of Ahmaud Arbery

What I don’t worry about is letting them go out to walk the dog or for any form of exercise only to be gunned down out of suspicion. The thought can’t seem to fully form in my brain. And that is my privilege as a white woman. No one should live with that kind of fear. No one. But Ahmaud did, and so did his mother. What a nightmare Wanda Cooper-Jones and the rest of his family mustbe living in right now; a nightmare so many mothers fear.” Read more…

6. Confessions of a Mom in a COVID-19 World

“I am a full-time working mom, which means my children are either at school or daycare for the majority of the day. COVID-19 has really disrupted that daily routine. To say that I was unprepared for this type of togetherness is the understatement of the year.” Read more

7. COVID-19 Life :: All Too Familiar

“Right now, we social distancing from our son. I want to hug him goodnight. I want to give him a high-five when he finishes his school assignments. After I stepped back when he tried to hug me yesterday, he said: “I’m lonely.” It’s incredibly tough not to be able to wrap your kid in your arms, especially at a time like this.” Read more…

8. Pandemic is Hard for SAHMs Too

“As a SAHM, one of my jobs is to entertain and teach my children. I keep them busy and educated through enrichment classes, story times, and play dates. I am what most would consider a go-getter kinda mama and I will not deny that. When we aren’t at school or speech or ballet or karate, you’ll find us at the zoo or the park or the museum … you get the idea. My kids and I are happiest when we are busy and surrounded by our friends and family. So when I got a message the other day saying something along the lines of, “isn’t this what you do all the time?” Almost as if to say that I am prepared for this pandemic and am not affected by it because I ‘do this all the time.’Read more…

9. How Do You Tell Your Family Goodbye Forever, Just In Case It Is Forever?

“With all that is going to happen in the next two months, I am left with quite a few emotions and fears. I never considered myself a person that was afraid of dying, but as I type this sentence, I can honestly say I AM TERRIFIED. Terrified of leaving my children and family behind, terrified of the dangers of this surgery and terrified of the unknown.Read more…

10. When Did We Stop Letting Kids Be Kids?

“I jumped into the parenting game a little later in life, so I had no idea it was no longer cool for children to be children.  When did the rules change?  Recently, my son shared with me that an adult told him he was childish. Childish? He is EIGHT, what else could he be if not a CHILDISH CHILD.  I was perplexed, to say the least.  Being honest, I was also a little upset.  Why is he being shunned for being a child?  I admit that he is definitely a silly kid that enjoys being the center of attention.  But why is this an awful thing?” Read more…

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He Knows My Name

When you find out you’re having TWINS….ALONE! Thanks, Covid

From Hero to Hindrance

Mom Confession :: Sorry I Didn’t Connect the Dots Sooner

What a Mom With High-Functioning Anxiety Needs

When My Laundry Piles Up, So Does My Anxiety!

The Truth about COVID

Is “Never Quit” Always the Right Choice?

My First Known Experience of Racism

From all of us at Red Stick Mom, THANK YOU for reading and we wish you a Happy New Year! 


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