Michelle Haddock

Michelle Haddock
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Hello! My name is Michelle.  I am a lifelong wanderer who has happily put down roots in Chattanooga with my husband, three sons, rescue mutt and bunny rabbit. We are a family of free spirits and strong wills so our life is always messy, loud and full of adventure. You can read my sporadic ramblings about unschooling, gentle parenting, special needs and our everyday adventures at weirdbird.weebly.com, or get a glimpse into our lives on Instagram. I am excited to be here!
Top Family-Friendly Pizza Restaurants in Chattanooga

Top Family-Friendly Pizza Restaurants in Chattanooga

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In our house, Wednesday night is Pizza Night. With a family consisting almost exclusively of hungry — and notoriously picky — boys, Pizza Night is practically a sacred event. What is it about that...

Home Sweet Home

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I am not a homebody. My perfect day would never be at home. I get bored and restless easily. I am almost always eager to get out, to do something. I want to be...

Breast is Best? One Mother’s Story

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I was 22-years-old when I found out I was going to be a mother for the first time. I had no idea what sort of parent I would be, but I do remember one...

Unique Things to do in Downtown Chattanooga with Kids

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When I first visited Chattanooga in 2005, it was love at first sight. I was living in metro-Atlanta at the time, and I spent my short visit wandering around downtown, marveling at how quaint...
Savoring My Life, Not My Children

Savoring My Life, Not My Children

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With the new year upon us, and a new baby in our family, it seems that the universe is out to remind me of one particular commandment of parenthood. And by “remind me,” I...

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for Children with Special Needs

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As anyone who knows me can attest to, I live for celebrating the holidays. Every year, we throw holiday parties and attend holiday festivals and bake a lot of holiday cookies. My house is...

Living in the Special Needs Spotlight

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When our son Rory came into the world, I knew right away he was different. By the time he was one-year-old, doctors agreed with me. By two-years-old, most family and close friends were aware...

Saying Good-bye to the Daughter I’ll Never Have

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For as long as I can remember, I knew I would have a daughter. It is funny really, because I did not have a lot of female influences in my life growing up. I did...

Why I Love Living in Highland Park

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At a birthday party not too long ago, I overheard a conversation about historic Chattanooga houses. It was not long before someone brought up Highland Park. “Oh, yes,” I heard someone say, “Highland Park...

Lost in Motherhood?

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A couple of years ago, I had an interesting interaction with a first-time mother-to-be. Before you think I have achieved a miracle in remembering an interaction I had years ago, let me assure you:...