A family sitting together.

In November

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In November, by Cynthia Rylant, is a favorite seasonal book I read to my children as we enter the new month. It highlights the natural late autumn happenings and quietly touches on Thanksgiving. The first line in Rylant’s book is...
Living in Fairfield County usually comes with the expectation that you send your kids to some of the best schools around because, after all, "Isn't that what you're paying taxes for?" When we tell people we homeschool, we're greeted by...
House league sports are great. They are competitive without being over the top. You can sit back and enjoy the game without fistfights breaking out (this literally happened during the baseball season) or harsh words being thrown your way...
Few smells remind me of my childhood more than freshly made bread. For the first few years of my life, my mom stayed at home with us. She cooked everything we ate, made our clothes some of the time, and...
A mom cooking on the stove while holding her toddler.

The Mundane

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My alarm clock goes off this morning at 5:30 a.m., just like it does every morning. I snooze it twice until I hear my husband start to wake up for his daily morning workout. As I shower, I make...
The beginning of the pandemic in most people's minds was mid-March 2020. It is hard to think that was over three years ago! We all remember it well, and for many, especially the long haulers, it never ended. Not...
I have a very heteronormative household. There is one dad, one mom, and two girls who identify as girls with all the typical girl interests, like science, sports, and theater, on their own accord. Yet, Drag Queen Story Hour and...
A woman sleeping while her husband stays up on his phone.

Sleep Like My Husband

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We’ve all shared the sleeping husband memes, but I’m here to confess. In my household, those husband memes are true...about me. The saying shouldn’t be, “I sleep like a baby.” Let’s change it to “I sleep like my husband.” In my...
A little girl laying on a hospital bed next to Elmo.

Advocacy as a Solo Parent

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As an LCSW, I have spent a lot of time advocating on behalf of my clients and their families. When I worked in foster care, I felt compelled to honor the wishes of the kiddos I supported. It’s a...
I have turned into a life coach when I least expected it. I have met many life coaches in my day. When they first came onto my radar, I was graduating college, and the entire concept seemed made up....

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Going Out to Eat with Kids: Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Fairfield County

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Maybe not nearly as relaxing as the days before having kids, but going out to eat is still a great family activity. Fairfield County...