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honestly

How Motherhood Is Like The Velveteen Rabbit

A child’s voice is louder than the world’s, the one telling me I need to lose weight, the one saying I should put on makeup or dye my hair or wear brand-name clothes. The one glancing enviously at other women, the one that nearly killed me when I was an anorexic teenager. read more

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The One To-Do List You Cannot Live Without

My husband is on paternity leave, and I don't know how I'd do this without him, how anyone does. This two to three -- suddenly we don't have laps enough, suddenly, my arms are not long enough, suddenly, a baby is weeping, and so are my sons and I am too. read more

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What Changed When I Became a Mom

The first few weeks of being a mom involved packing boxes, quitting my job and moving to a fast-paced, crazily-crowded place. However, the thing I could never fathom was just how much we loved this little girl. And furthermore, 21 years later, I had no idea how much that love would change me. read more

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Learning to be Brave

Being brave took an interesting turn since my children both started school last fall. It's the first time I am home alone in a decade, and I find that I am not the same woman I was ten years ago. When I was a new mother, I was more risk adverse. More concerned with image. read more

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Teaching My Children to Risk and Fail

Here’s the dilemma. I don’t want my children to see playing it safe is the prescription for life. But my fears as a mom often pop up as a deterrent to allowing, even encouraging, them to take risks. read more