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When Your Friend Disciplines Your Kid (…Without Disciplining Her Own).

Do you ever find yourself in this situation?  You’re with other adults- your friends, maybe- and a bunch of kids. And everyone is like…really loud and excited and having a pretty good time. And then your pre-schooler starts to get really wound up…like, really, really wound up. And you know it’s about to get ugly […]

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Work Saved My Mental Health

“You’re a machine- everyone was like, ‘she just had a baby- why is she at work?!’ “ That was me. I went back to work two weeks after having my third baby. I know, I know. It was crazy. And “poor me”, right?! Like…who does that. Who goes back TWO WEEKS after having a baby?! […]

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The Spirits of Indy Past

My husband and I have decided we just can’t afford our house anymore. I don’t meant that to be like, “Poor us, we have no money,” but you need to know that because that’s how this journey starts. The journey that took us to just one of what are probably many haunted Indianapolis stories. While […]

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Motherhood Made Me Better At…

I think there’s this general perception that, like Pam said, “motherhood makes you so soft.” And in some ways it’s true. I’m not a big movie-cryer, but any commercial involving a baby? Tears. Pictures of refugee children feel like a sucker punch. Misogynistic memes make me irate, and even as a teacher, I noticed just […]

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The Discipline Trick That Works

My kid behaves. And if you’re mad about it: you hate me ’cause you ain’t me. lolololololol Just kidding. My kid doesn’t behave, and if you hate me it’s because of the self-promoting idea that I might have found a discipline trick that works. Let’s all just have a laugh at the idea that I […]

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Where Do We Go From Here? Teaching Our Kids About Hate, Race, and Their Futures

Alton Sterling has died. Alton Sterling was shot by a police man, while on the ground. Alton Sterling was Black. I am a multiracial mom raising three kids just outside of Indianapolis. I easily pass for white, or at least racially ambiguous, and have my whole life. My racial identity always straddles two worlds: caught […]

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When Mom Goes Back to School

There’s a fine line between “Back to School” and “Going Back to School.” One phrase calls to mind new backpacks, a fresh box of crayons, and sales on notebooks. The other, an adult’s return to school after a break. I, myself, am in the latter category. I finished undergrad at 21, childless and saddled with […]

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The 5 Hardest Parts of Having 3 Under 3

5. The loneliness. It’s hard to connect with other adults, even other moms.  It seems like everyone’s got their opinion, and no matter who you talk to, something about what you’ve done or are doing is wrong. So while one comment here and there might not seem like a big deal, comment-after-comment-after-suggestion-after-advice feels a little […]

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