• Motherhood

    Find Your Mom Tribe Based on Your Needs as a Mom

    Becoming a mom is one of the most identity changing times in a woman’s life. The friends you had before you became a mom will most likely change. And it is to no fault of anyone; it’s just life. That is why you need to find your mom tribe! My mom tribe consists of family members, co-workers who turned into friends, neighbors, old friends, and moms of other little ones from daycare. My mom tribe won’t ever be complete, though. I am always going to need more moms to help me in my village and for me to help them. The family members who have helped me along the way…

  • Motherhood

    Returning to Work from Maternity Leave: Can You Change Your Mind?

    I think there are many moms who feel the same as I do; I made so many sacrifices to get the education, degrees, and had a great job where I had potential to climb the ladder. We had everything put together (in accordance to what society said we needed). The natural next step was to grow our family and bring a little bundle of joy into mine and my husband’s lives. So, we did! We were thrilled to be living the dream with great jobs, stability, and now a little one on the way. What I didn’t account for was the immense, uncontrollable love I would feel for this little…

  • Motherhood,  Toddler

    Play With Me, Mommy: What Your Child is Really Saying

    I’m staring at a messy kitchen; dirty dishes that need to be washed, clean dishes that need to be put away, counters that need to wiped down, etc. And while I’m calculating how I’m going to tackle each task, my toddler comes to me and asks me to play with him. Even though my toddler cannot form full sentences yet, I get the jest of when he is saying, “Play with him, Mommy.” At this stage in his development, he communicates his needs with his body language, the use of baby sign language, and the sounds he can make with his little (and loud) voice. What he is really trying…

  • Motherhood

    Best Spooky Halloween Books for Middle School Kids

    Instilling the love of reading in children is fun to do when they are little. They are fascinated with the pictures, colors, and the expression in your voice when you read to them. As they get older however, continuing that love of reading gets increasingly difficult! Suddenly, your middle school kiddo could care less about using their imagination and care more about the latest video games or using their phone for entertainment. Lucky for you, there are many options available to help get your middle school children to continue to read! With Halloween fast approaching, there are some fun, exciting, and intriguing books out there that will be difficult for…

  • Motherhood

    A Grieving Mother

    Recently, a friend of mine lost a loved one; someone who was very near and dear to her heart. Her father. And while her heart broke into countless pieces, I’ve watched her hold steady to her commitment of being a good mother. When I heard the news of her father’s passing, my heart hurt for her and her family. I’ve known her for over a decade. We went to high school together, had sleepovers, played basketball, and got ready for prom together. It’s safe to say that I know her family very well. We graduated in the same class and I’ve been fortunate to still have a friendship with her.…