The One Nosy Question That Can Send a First-Time Mother Reeling

When are you going to have another baby? I get this question quite often lately from everyone from co-workers to family members and even the check-out lady at Target. It's just small talk, and I understand that completely. It's one of those ...more

What Do I Tell My Daughter About Sandra Bland?

To my Little Magician: We’ll read this together when you’re old enough to understand. Motherhood has been an incredible adventure, but I have always been haunted by the guilt of bringing you into this world -- a world that has not been very kind ...more

Summertime, and the Kitchen Is Easy (Or It Will Be With These Dinner Tips)

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm too lazy to cook dinner for my family this summer, plus it's too hot. Any ideas? Signed, Kitchen Is Closed  ...more

After Devastation and Loss, My Rainbow Baby Is Here

Dear Ruby, If you would have told me a year ago that I would go a day without crying, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told me a year ago that I would laugh without guilt, I wouldn’t have believed you. If you would have told ...more

4 'How To Be a Lady' Lessons My Daughters Won't Be Learning From Me

Dear Daughters The New York Times recently ran a piece about dads signing up for a special "clinic" at a hair salon to learn how to braid their daughters’ hair. The piece referenced girls on the playground, running amuck with hair that had clearly ...more

Is Blood Thicker Than Water?

"It's true love," my ex-husband said about his new girlfriend. Of course, he had spoken the same words to me. And for decades, I arranged my entire existence and created our family around that pronouncement. I also trusted my brother-in-law when he pledged a similar allegiance to me. When I first met my husband, I was surprised that he and his younger brother Jonah were more like casual acquaintances. Their parents had died years earlier and I had supposed that they would be tight, but that wasn't the case. ...more

The Baby Milestones That Matter Most

The day those two pink lines appeared, I felt the world stop moving. It was a wave of joy, fear, and squealing family phone calls. My brain was buzzing, and a giddy smile lingered across my mouth. I could hardly wait until my husband got home. He eventually walked through the door, exhausted after a 14-hour shift. The news exploded out of me. ...more

19 Difficult Questions About Parenting

There are occurrences in parenting that are puzzling to the mind. Sure, there are probably scientific reasons or results to a study that may help to explain some of these parenting phenomena, but still, moms and dads everywhere are thinking to themselves, what in the hell? Parents of little ones, do these unrelenting questions sound familiar? 1. Why do they hate to sleep? ...more

Things They Can’t Say

Apparently I blinked because all of a sudden, this weekend- it’s AUGUST. Where did Summer go? In case it’s all racing past you too and you’ve missed some great posts, I wanted to share what to read here: #SorryNotSorry has always bugged me ....more

I'm Struggling

I am struggling!!! Do you ever want to shout it at the top of your lungs?? It's alright, we all feel that way. Watch the video to learn about what I'm struggling with. Share what's going on for you too.  www.bethsblueprint.com

Living a Cat-tastic Life

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NUGGET AND HUCKLE!! Huckle living the life in a bed fancier than mine. Nugget ready of my...more

Our Top 15 Family Movie Night Picks

I let my kids have pajama and movie days regularly. Because summer. But with two teens and a third grader, sometimes it’s challenging to find a suitable movie that everyone can enjoy ....more

How to Survive Road Trips With Babies and Young Children

It’s no secret that we do lots of road trips. Long, multi-day road trips. We just got back from one earlier this month ....more

Domestic violence

It is written a lot about domestic violence against women, but this topic is still open, despite the civilization of modern society. Millions of girls and women in the world suffer from violence and its consequences because of their gender and unequal status in society. Violence against women (gender violence) is a serious violation of women human rights. ...more

Friday Things

one. Tax Free Weekend If you live in Georgia then you know today is the first day of Tax Free weekend to kick off the school year! Annabelle and I are meeting our friends Kim and Lia at the outlets this morning ....more

(Child) Labor Pains

When I was a kid and my mom would ask me to do the dishes or something, I'd slump my way to the sink, griping with each step: "The only reason you had kids was so you'd have somebody else to do the dishes!"Now that I'm a mom, I realize how silly that was. Of course...more

by the numbers

16 days until I go back to work 106 days until my next marathon 6.5 miles run today 100 miles run this month 180 dollars spent at the vet this month 10 days for the dealership to get the part and fix the recall on my car 588 miles run this year 1007.5 (half of 2015) miles pledged to run with my running partner 27 books read this year (goal of 40) 6 books read this month 2 cups of coffee I've had ...more

How to Own the Leadership of Your Classroom: Craft a Vision

courtesy It’s no secret that teacher burnout is a problem. A commonly cited statistic is that as many as half of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. As retention of teachers gains attention in policy circles, teacher leadership has emerged as one possible solution ....more