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I’d Rather Be With You

I was given children’s book about working moms and it ended with a statement that said, in words more poetic and rhyme-y than this: mom would rather be with her child than at work. I don’t exactly know why but […]

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learning to say no

The Power of Saying No

I've been described as a "go getter" and "enviously motivated" ...amongst other things. It's true. I pretty much feel like I can do it all if I put


Blown Away by Her Growth and Looking Forward to Homework.

I am continuously blown away by what my daughter has learned while she is at preschool. I don’t get as much time with her since I work all

Organized Chaos

My House Isn’t Clean, It’s Lived In

Have you ever seen those signs that say: “Don’t mind the mess, we’re busy making memories.” I need a big fat one on my front door. As I sit on


Confessions from a Working Mom

Look, I love-LOVE-LOVE my kids. Couldn't imagine my life without them. I'm a better person because of them. But...I have some confessions...We all have them...and since we've already


The Days I Hate It

Today is one of those days. You know them, and you probably know them well. And if you don’t, well then I guess I’m alone here, and I

Liberating Working Moms

7 Tips for Survival {Working and Severe Morning Sickness Edition}

I want to preface this post by saying I AM NOT CURRENTLY PREGNANT NOR WILL I BE PREGNANT ANY TIME SOON. And now, continue: Two of my co-workers and

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Daycare Security After the Newtown Shooting

Think about your life before the Newtown, Connecticut gun massacre of 20 first-graders and 6 Sandy Hook elementary school workers.  Did you worry much about the security of your

Liberating Working Moms

Working Mom Dreams vs. Reality

As a working mother I find that I really want to make the most of the time I have with my children, both after work/school and on the

Formula: A Working Mom Reality Check

Formula: A Working Mom Reality Check

When I went back to work with Landon, we had nursing down pat. No more latch issues, a great 3 hour schedule and I was confident. I had


The Weight I Carry as a Teacher

When I became a mom, I really understood what it felt like to look out at my students and know that behind each face were parents who knew


The Gender Pay Gap: My Responsibility

Funny things happen when you research. For one, you learn new things. For two, you learn new things that blow your mind wide open. That happened to me


Unpaid Maternity Leave and Human Rights

Last week, Huffington Post published an article concerning the United States policy on maternity leave alongside a video from one of their live chats with working moms, with that

Twenty Bucks says this caller is NOT asking me to play Candy Land.

Embracing the Perks

There are a lot of drawbacks to being a parent who works outside the home. If we're being perfectly honest, yeah... most of the time I look forward to


Is Being a Working Mom Hard?

Last week, my mom and I went on the hunt for pajamas for my toddler. One would think that since it’s still over 90 degrees outside daily in

dear new working mom

Dear New Working Mom…

Dear New Working Mom, I know what you are thinking. “How am I going to do this?” You are ending your maternity leave just as you are


Someone Else Raises My Kid?

I’m a working mom. So obviously, someone else raises my kid. How many of you want to throw something at the screen right now? Or maybe you wanted to


All Consuming

I’m a big consumer. I always have been. I just eat things up, figuratively and literally, and let it all sit, doing nothing to purge it all away. Overwhelmed

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The Case For More Than One…

My friend recently found out she is expecting her fourth child.  While ultimately, just like Shannon's decision to only have one child, it is her decision and doesn't


An Only Child? My Family, My Decision.

Immediately after I posted a picture of the glamorous princess-cut diamond my soon-to-be husband fit on my ring finger on March 17, 2007, the questions started: “When’s the

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