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Motherhood: The New Competitive Sport

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One of the advantages to working from home is that I am able to spend more quality time with my son, Dawson. One of the disadvantages to working from home is that I often spend too much time with my son. With my husband working outside the home 40+ hours a week, he doesn’t have […]

Maternity Leave: A Working Mom’s Dilemma

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My friend, Kay, and I are both pregnant, and our due dates are within days of each other. We were due on the same day for about a month, but I seem to be growing the Monster Baby, and my doctor has since moved my due date to October 22nd, less than 15 weeks from […]

To Work or Not to Work, That Is the Question. Again.

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Now that I’m half-way through my pregnancy, people are getting more daring about asking personal questions. I understand the curiosity. Everyone wants to know what we’re having (a boy), what name we’ve chosen (not telling) and whether or not Dawson, our oldest child, is excited to have a sibling. But when an acquaintance, or rather, […]

Give Me Back My Groove

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You know that feeling you get when you’re on top of your game, the bliss you experience whey you know you’re managing every part of your life (work, marriage, parenting, housework, etc.) successfully?  Yeah, that feeling.  You remember that, right? As the Righteous Brothers would say, I’ve lost that loving feeling.  Okay, so maybe it’s […]

Work vs. Motherhood

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Just after Valentine’s Day I discovered I was pregnant.  After two years of trying to conceive, this is a welcome blessing. My husband is elated, my son is very excited about his soon-to-be big brother status, and I am filled with emotion. Damn hormones. I’m so happy that I’m expecting, but I seem to have […]

Didn’t we almost have it all?

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A few weeks ago my son had his first "snow day" of the school year. Granted, he’s only in preschool, but he was still excited that he got to stay home and hang out with his mom. As luck would have it, I didn’t have to work that day and little Dawson was thrilled. "You […]

Learning to Let Go of My Holiday Expectations

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The holidays are here, and while I’m excited about spending Christmas with my family, I can’t help but worry about all the stuff that needs to be done. Did you catch that part about all the stuff that needs to be done? I sometimes wonder if I put too much stock into what I think […]

What’s for dinner? Got me.

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It’s five o’clock. You’ve just finished work. Now you must pick up the kids from daycare and get home in time to make dinner. You’re half-way home when you realize you have no idea what’s for dinner. What to do? Other than panic of course? Do you: a) Make a quick stop at the grocery […]

Help Wanted

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For the past few weeks I’ve been struggling with balancing home and work. As a work-at-home-mom (WAHM), one of my biggest battles is getting my work done and still having time to be wife, mother and household manager, and maybe even enjoying some time for myself. With Dawson now in preschool two days per week, […]

Is Sarah Palin Willing to Fight for Women Everywhere?

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With the 2008 Presidential Election creeping up on me, politics has been on my mind lately. More specifically, John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, has been the center of my attention. Who is this woman, this working mother of five, who appears to be grabbing the GOP bull by the horns? The emergence of Sarah […]