My husband and I both grew up in families that regularly attended church, but our attendance waned as we got older. By the time we met, neither of us had attended church in years. We decided that if we were going to raise a family, it was important that we start going to church again. Two weeks after we got married, we found a church and have gone almost every Sunday since. More
Somewhere in the flurried memories of all that volunteering, about six months before my daughter was to begin kindergarten, I discovered she could already read. And when I say â€śreadâ€ť I donâ€™t just mean Dick and Jane books. I mean ANY book. I had a 4-year old who brought juvenile fiction home from the library and read it out loud to me. With expression!
And that is when I made the helicopter parent move that I regret to this day. More
Why don’t they warn you in birth class that after the petals are sewn together they resemble ground up hamburger meat that hangs down to your knees? More
Since I’m still pregnant, I’ve been watching her baby while she has classes. We trade off on cooking, start a garden, our husbands like each other, and so far so good, right? RIGHT? No problems in sight! We’ve known each other a long time. We are like sisters. More
I’d see other babies getting “liked” and would start jonesing to stay in the game. I was strategic. I wouldn’t post too often. Overexposure could dilute his perfection and people might not “like” him as consistently each time. More
There was one winter we lived for months with no gas, meaning we didnâ€™t have central heat, because we didnâ€™t have the money to get it reconnected. Meanwhile, my mom was working through the emotions of a failed marriage and had no one to talk to.
She and I have always been close, and so she turned to me to vent her worries and frustrations about money or my dad. I didnâ€™t have the words at the time to tell her that she was giving me a burden my small shoulders werenâ€™t strong enough to bear. More
When I was 17, I was in love with a boy who was my entire world. He was a few years older and enlisted in the military, going off to boot camp and serving in far away places throughout his military career. Meanwhile I finished high school and enrolled in college, trying to continue my life while writing daily letters, awaiting intermittent phone calls and widely spaced visits in person. At the time, I thought that he would eventually get out of the military, return home to me and then we would finally get married and raise a family. I was too young and naive to fully grasp what that plan truly encompassed. More
A cardinal rule of parenting is not to compare your children. Every child is an individual and needs to be accepted and loved for who they are â€“ not judged against one another. As a parent, you should never say, â€śWhy canâ€™t you be more like your sister?â€™ And I never say that. But sometimes, I think it. More
My parents are both dead now. They died a month ago and Iâ€™m still grieving. The problem is they are both very much alive, a 20 minute drive from my house.
Yes, now in my mid-30s, I had to disown my parents. Having a mother with borderline personality disorder had finally taken its toll. More
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His drinking has caused numerous problems for us in our 11 years of marriage. All of which are swept under the rug, and, for me, stored up as resentment towards this, otherwise, pretty awesome guy.
I used to think that I would NEVER get a divorce. And tomorrow I may feel that way again. But today, I am ready for it. Today, I hate my husband and see no change in his behavior in sight. More
Truth be told, I donâ€™t feel I need to love them and I havenâ€™t let myself even fall in â€śdeep likeâ€ť with them either. I love their father, but I donâ€™t understand stepmothers who profess, â€śWell, I love my husband so of course I love his children.â€ť I just donâ€™t have that bond.
Iâ€™m okay with this. More
My conversations with my husband are either about business, or they consist of me expressing my desire for a date, time alone with him, or even time by myself so I can work on some other things. I’m always with the kids and yes, I am one of those moms who feels like I have lost myself in the process. More
Dear Bipolar Husband,
I know you’re probably going to read this some day, so before I start, let me say that I’m not talking about leaving you. This isn’t an I-hate-my-husband letter. Just read it. More
I have not changed my 11-month-old’s diaper in more than six weeks.
I consider this one of my all time greatest achievements in life. What mother of a non-toilet trained baby do you know has gotten away without changing a diaper for a day? Let alone weeks weeks? Iâ€™m not bragging that I havenâ€™t changed a diaper. Itâ€™s just Iâ€™m in total shock that no one in my family has noticed. Iâ€™ve started to count the days until someone in my house finally says, â€śHey, when is the last time YOU changed a diaper mom?â€ť More