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I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Miss Mornings at Home

I'm so honored to welcome Cheryl today, this week's writer in the #NotaBadMom series. Working moms, I'm thinking this one might hit home. (If you'd like to contribute a guest post to #NotaBadMom, please find details here.) It's a corollary to my working mom existence, one that most people don't recognize until they've had to do some thorough … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I’m Not Listening

Please welcome Kara, this week's guest writer for the "I'm Not a Bad Mom Series". I also often find myself ignoring the screaming for my own sanity, but most of all not listening to the judgmental voices within and without. I think it makes me a better mom too. If you'd like to submit a post for this series, please find details here. I'm … [Read more...]

Your Child’s School Vaccines Can Help a Child in Need

A few weeks ago, I took Ellie to her well child check up and back to school immunizations. As we sat waiting for the nurse to return to give Ellie her three required vaccines (ugh) she really started to get nervous. I could see her wheels start turning and her sweet little mug began to switch between angry face and anxious face. I didn't blame her … [Read more...]

Media, Moms & Medication #MentalHealth

Last Thursday I received a phone call from a producer at Anderson Live daytime TV show. "Hi Cristi. Would you be interested in being a guest on our show next Tuesday about the Parenting.com story Xanax Make Me a Better Mom." The story had gone viral and was making news. After panicking for a bit, I called my husband and then messaged a group of … [Read more...]

Funk This Mood.

Please welcome my friend Singlemama CC to the blog today for Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). I met CC back in May and she made a big impression on me. She is truly a pull-no-punches, tell-it-like-it-is mama, who fiercely loves her daughter (called the PIT on her blog Not Your Average Single Mama). She's written this raw post about the … [Read more...]

Do “Lovies” Help Kids Stress or Anxiety?

My whole life I had a "lovie," a security blanket I named Blankee. Seriously. My. WHOLE. Life. I had 2 of the original Blankee from birth (they were crib blankets) and then in later years when those literally disintegrated, I adopted a new blanket that I know is still hanging around the house somewhere. (I took it on my honeymoon, when I was … [Read more...]

Spirituality Uncensored

They say you should never talk politics or religion in mixed company, right? Both are such loaded topics and particularly religion is not something I've ever discussed on this blog. But I'd like to touch on it this week. I believe that religion and spirituality are incredibly personal. To me, every religion or belief system has its own merit. I … [Read more...]

Potty Training Purgatory

I've been in potty training purgatory for a very long time. If you're unfamiliar with this state of being, be glad. Ronin is 4 years and 2 months old and potty training has always been a major anxiety inducer for both of us. At first he was afraid to even sit on a little potty. He's always been a super anxious kid, even more so prior to … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because of Mental Illness

Please welcome A'Driane for this week's "Not a Bad Mom" post. Don't know about my weekly Thursday series, check it out HERE. This beautifully written post about living through postpartum depression and now bipolar disorder really speaks to me. Please show A'Driane some love today.  GUEST POST: By: A’Driane @addyeB www.Butterfly-Confessions.com A … [Read more...]

Beauty in the Breakdown

Robin Farr (www.FarewellStranger.com @farewellstrangr) is one of those people who you meet and instantly find a connection. She has guest posted twice on this blog. Once in April just after taking a leave of absense from work, where she admits to having postpartum depression. Then in June, a follow up about her ongoing journey of recovery. In … [Read more...]

Is She a Bad Mom Because Motherhood Doesn’t Feel Natural?

Ok friends, today's "I'm Not a Bad Mom Because..." is quite a bit different from the typical. This is Tracy and she is a beautiful person inside and out. And she's having a mama crisis right now. I know something about which she speaks, so I wanted to share her words with you here. I'm sure a lot of moms and dads out there have felt this way … [Read more...]

I Am Strong Enough

. Please welcome Jenna @Frelle to the blog. We met this year online via #PPDChat and then had the very good fortune to meet in real life this August. She is one of the most open, genuine and caring people I have ever met. And even through a very rough separation and custody fight, she bravely shares her story so that others might not feel as … [Read more...]


I'm feeling grateful for the weekend we just had. For my family. My husband. My kids. For precious smiles. Irresistible laughter. Non stop chatter. Sweet baby kisses. Ice cream. Demanding questions. Sleep. Words with Friends. A break from blogging. Intermittent social media. Thomas and Bob. Football. Snuggles. Blazing Onion … [Read more...]