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Succession of Genders (2)

Succession of Genders

I’m fully aware that some women may never have thought through what the gender of their baby would be. As a little bit of a deep thinker, I remember pondering the gender of my first child. It was such an inconvenient time to be pregnant: 18 years young, fresh out of high school, with a […]

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Imposter

Imposter Syndrome: Motherhood Edition

The phrase “imposter syndrome” describes a person’s feelings of being a fraud despite that person being competent for the role being questioned. You might have experienced imposter syndrome when you were promoted in the workplace or accepted into a new organization. What about in motherhood? My story is one I’ve written about before; I never […]

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Dear Paw Patrol,

Dear Paw Patrol, I Am SO Over You

Dear Paw Patrol, Hi, it’s me, Jessie. You may remember me from that time I asked you a bunch of questions. Which you still haven’t answered, so thanks for that. Let’s start with how you ruined my Christmas. The only thing my then four-year-old son wanted was the Sea Patroller. In case you haven’t noticed, […]

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I'm Raising a Cactus

I’m Raising a Cactus: Ways Gardening is Similar to Motherhood

Gardens are a lesson in life, especially life as a mother. A gardener — not unlike a mother — must have patience, must care for each plant, must listen and examine each plant and care for it as best as possible. Unfortunately, our kids don’t arrive with garden tags telling us whether they prefer shade […]

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Dad reads to baby

Parent Gender Roles Aren’t What They Used To Be…and I’m Glad!

Parenting roles aren’t gender specific anymore. Nowadays, it seems that the majority of parents believe that “teamwork makes the dream work.” Responsibilities that once were handled by one parent or the other, now have a blended, all-hands-on-deck approach.  In our home, we are a community of doers. If a chore needs doing, we just do […]

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Non-religious in the South

Non-religious in the South

…and everything’s alright. Oh yeah. I come from a long line of Southern Baptists, but I was of the ‘Sunday Christian’ variety. My dad joined the Army the year before my birth, so we moved around quite a bit (living overseas twice) and primarily attended church when we visited family “back home” in Virginia (Southern […]

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