Category Archives: Stay At Home/Working Mothers

Under the Weather, Under the Gun

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Two weeks ago my son, Dawson, came down with a terrible cold. He was whiny. He wouldn’t eat. He was barely able to swallow a few tablespoons of Pedialyte. He was miserable, and I was getting there. Because my husband is the primary bread winner of our household, I called in sick to work to […]

To Buy or Not to Buy, Online

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We’re halfway to Christmas, and I haven’t done any shopping. Okay, wait.  Let me be more specific. I have purchased a few gifts for my son and my husband, but I bought them both online. I didn’t have to leave the comfort of my home, or my office (which is where I’ve been spending most […]

A Stigmatism

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When my son was a little over a year old my family and friends began asking when I thought I’d have another baby. I always tried to avoid the question and often gave vague answers. "Someday," I’d say. It bothered me that people were discussing the size of my family when my husband and I […]

Momstumes

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With Halloween just around the corner, I got to thinking about costumes. Dawson is dressing up as a UPS man and he anxiously awaits carrying his bright orange pumpkin bucket so he can ring our neighbors’ doorbells and exclaim, "Trick or treeeaaat!" just like we practiced the last few weeks. I haven’t donned Halloween attire […]

Separation Anxiety

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The most difficult part of motherhood for me was never a crying baby, middle-of-the-night nursing, diaper changes, toddler temper tantrums, or even potty training (though I admit, getting a three-year-old to use the toilet isn’t a task I’m completing successfully). I can manage a child who demands juice and crackers and only wants to watch […]

An Open Letter to Linda Hirshman

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Foreword from Jessica Carlson, Contributing Editor, The Imperfect Parent: Linda Hirshman is the author of the recently published criticism of the inadequacies of today’s feminists, "Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World". She has been criticized for saying that privileged, educated women who choose to stay at home to raise their children are […]

My Many Hats

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Photo: www.morethanapicture.com A friend once asked, "How can you do that? How can you be a stay at home mom, get all of that writing done and not go crazy?" My reply was simple. "I don’t. I just go crazy in a different way." I had been a stay at home mom for the first […]