Author Archive | Nickie

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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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The Pregnancy Condition that Almost Killed Me Postpartum {Preeclampsia Awareness}

What is Postpartum Preeclampsia? Mixing two seemingly oxymoronic pronouns, the term “postpartum preeclampsia” doesn’t sound possible. How can you have a pre-condition post-pregnancy? While not medical advice- if you have questions, please ask your doctor- here is a quick summary of some Google searches and my personal account of the condition. We’ll start with defining preeclampsia. […]

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The Toddler Years: Time to Freak Out About Pre-School

So, like any crazy person, I consider any and all decisions in motherhood just a series of small crises. What should they eat? Organic? Are dyes bad? Rice cereal has arsenic now? And NO, donuts do not count as dinner (even though…they did). Co-sleep, cry-it-out, formula, breastmilk, baby-wearing, strollers, when to transition to a toddler […]

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That Time Aunt Lindsay Dated a Homeless Guy: A Cautionary Tale for My Daughter

Dear Daughter, I swear I blinked, and you’re already one year old. I watched you looking out the window into our backyard: in your pigtails and pink shoes. I’m afraid that if I blink again, you’ll be driving and dating and I won’t be worried about whether you ate enough vegetables today, but instead about […]

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Sweating with Your Sweetie at Title Boxing Club Indianapolis

I’m 6 weeks postpartum, have 3 under 3, and chasing and carrying all these little micro versions of my husband and I is EXHAUSTING. In addition to wanting to shed some pounds, I also want to build some strength (and amplify my energy) just in order to keep up with these little ones. So when […]

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Unfollow, Unfriend, Block: The People I’m Letting Go This Year

Okay, I know, I’m pretty sure the last three posts I’ve written have been about either things that annoy me, things I refuse to do anymore, or some other whiny things. But as 2016 begins, I just want one last purge of the things I’ll be leaving behind in 2015, including certain types of people. […]

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