I joke that my mom gave me too much confidence as a kid. Whether I was drawing a picture or doing a dance or entering a poetry contest, my mom would tell me how amazing, wonderful, and incredible I...
Have you found yourself apologizing for the way your child behaved or dressed? I noticed I was the case with my youngest. “Sorry she’s dressed like this.” “I know, her voice is super squeaky. Sorry.” “I would get her to sit still,...
Do you remember being a teenager? Riding on bright white crests of joy and excitement one moment before being pulled into a dark, swirling vortex of inexplicable sorrow or anger and frustration the next, each feeling more intense than...
Does anyone else remember your first vacation as new parents? The anticipation, planning the activities, and imagining how wonderful and magical it will be experiencing your first vacation as a family of three. Then, reality hits.  Your child refuses to...
Earlier this month, I got a diagnosis for my son that caught me completely off guard. Now, it wasn’t a devastating blow or anything. On the surface, it’s a manageable condition. (I’m being vague on purpose, just to maintain...
When I was writing this letter to your sister just a year ago, in the back of my mind, I was hoping your high school experience would end differently. While you are back in school, not quite everything is...
The days are long, but the years are short. It’s such a cliché. And in a year when time got turned on its head and seemed to move in the strangest ways – standing still in the first few weeks...
After a long day of work, you come home and you're tired, like really tired. The kids would never know that daddy is tired though because when you walk in, the whole house magically transforms. Those little voices shout...
“Moooommmmyyyyy! Mommy!!!” her little voice grew louder and more impatient as she yelled from her crib, protesting naptime. My heartbeat thumped faster, and I knew her naptime protest would limit the only bit of alone time I would get...
A few years ago, my husband and I found ourselves completely at a loss in understanding certain aspects of our oldest child. He was shifting from toddlerhood to preschool age and seemed to be different than us in more...

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I missed many things during the time of COVID-19, and one of the things I missed the most was movies. Now that new movies...