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I love text messaging. I really do. From asking a quick question to saying that you’re running late, texting can be a huge timesaver. A few clicks on my phone and I’ve got the answer. With a toddler, sometimes all I have is one minute. A quick question/answer exchange can be much more efficient through text message. However, (and this is a big however,) when I get a text message with one of the following messages, I’m hurt, annoyed, or just angry. So…read on and tell me, do I have ridiculous expectations to hope people would actually use the phone…

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Originally published in April 2012 Being a SAHM is hard work. Most people are willing to acknowledge this fact, despite all the partisan bickering that has put SAHMs in the spotlight in the last week. But there are also lots of things that I love about being at home, and sometimes I need to remind myself of these things when we’re having a tough day or I think about the career (and the paycheck) I left behind. So, below is a list of the things I love most about being a SAHM (not a judgment of anyone who has chosen…

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Not long after our daughter was born, my husband coined a new term: “mega-mom.” It’s a disparaging name that he uses to describe my overzealous and sometimes inadvertently damaging efforts to be the perfect mom. Mega-mom (noun) ˈme-gə-ˈmäm Definition: A mother who consistently overextends herself in caring for her children, to the detriment of herself, her spouse, and sometimes even her children. Examples: Mega-mom vehemently opposes the use of the cry-it-out sleep training method and instead wakes to tend to and nurse her baby as many as eight to ten times per night, only to find that the baby has become…

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No one ever tells you before you have a baby just how very little sleep you’re going to get. In the first few weeks after “A” was born, she woke every couple of hours to nurse, like all babies, but new love and excitement kept us going through the exhaustion. Instead of becoming a better sleeper as she got older though, she actually got worse. At some points over the course of the last year, she was waking as many as eight times in a 12-hour stretch. And when you’re sleeping in half-hour intervals—a torture technique used on terrorists, my…

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Originally published in February 2012 The moms on current sitcoms are frumpy, chubby and total shrews to their husbands- or they are gorgeous, thin, and sleeping with someone other than their husbands.  Either way, the common theme is that they’re not happy. In the 1990’s, sitcoms focused on the totally distracted dad who went to work and dreaded coming home, where he was treated like a Neanderthal and thus, acted like one. Ray Romano, Homer Simpson and Tim Taylor were all examples of this stereotyped husband and father. But in the last ten years, as the “mommy wars” have gotten…