Why I Needed a Break From Facebook

I have stayed on Facebook for a lot longer than I should. The truth is, for a long time, I really enjoyed having it. It was the only way I stayed in touch with a lot of people in my life. Friends who had moved away or just gotten busy. It enabled me to share pictures and stories of my kids we were having with family that I rarely ever saw. ...more
Love this and its so true you get caught up and before you know it you lose yourselfmore

Enough With The Mom Shaming

When I started this blog, I picked the name One Mom's Blog for a reason. I am just one mom. I am not the only mom who's kids came with owner's manuals. I am not the authority on anything kid related. I am just a mom. I am just one mom out of many. The best I can do is the best of myself...but I know that I am just one mom. ...more

Why I Refuse to Force My Kids to Hug and Kiss People

I don't know if anyone else remembers being a kid and having your parents tell you, "Okay. Kiss so-and-so goodbye!" and we did, because that is what we were supposed to do and we didn't want to upset our parents or whatever grown-up it was. And we hated it. At least I did. It made me feel so uncomfortable deep down in my soul to have to force physical affection when I knew I didn't want to. But I did it rather than give my parents any kind of issue. I didn't want to offend anyone. I didn't want to upset anyone. It would be over quick, right? Just get it over with. ...more
I absolutely agree with this. I never required my children to hug another person. Teach them to ...more

How to Talk to Your Kids About Nasty People

The other day, I was chatting with my mom and my almost 11 year old son about current events. The light version because my son is a gentle soul who doesn't really need to hear what I really think of some people. I think this is important because as my son gets older, he becomes more aware of the world. He watches TV. He can read headlines. He has access to the Internet. He is extremely intelligent (top two in his class) and very perceptive....more

I'm The Least Likely Meditator

I never thought I would be someone who meditated. I will admit that prior to discovering meditation, I had no real idea what it was and looked a little strangely at people who said they practiced it. It seemed a silly practice to me. A waste of good TV time. Why are you just sitting there? How on earth is that helping you do anything? I don’t get it. If you are tired, just take a nap. That seems hard. That seems pointless. Oh how WRONG I was! ...more

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light - Coping with Postpartum Depression

I have been dealing with some form of depression and anxiety for most of my life. I am 37 years old and I honestly can barely remember a time when this was not part of me. Part of my every day. Part of who I am. Over the years I have tried a lot of methods of self help and professional help to get through the vast fields of dead flowers in my mind to try and find the sunshine and soft new blooms that I know are there. Some things work, some don't, but I had found a way to mostly manage my every day despite some slips backwards here and there....more

PMA, Lyrica, and Morgan Freeman...Oh My!

Its been a while since I have written anything, and there are a few reasons for that....more

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...Lifestyle, Health, and Mind - Fibromyalgia

Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia came with a few stages for me. I was angry about being 35 years old and being told that I had this mystery disease/disorder that would strike me down with disabling pain and exhaustion for days at a time with no real relief. I was sad that there was no treatment for me beyond a trial and error plan of pharmacueticals and lifestyle changes....more

Support Systems - Like The Trunks To Your Trees

  If there is one thing I have learned in the last week, one thing that I alread knew but had reinforced in a big bad way, its that you need a support system when you get a big health diagnosis. Be it Fibromyalgia or anything else that means you are going to need to take on some big health changes in your life. I am lucky. I already had a pretty substantial system of people in my life that keep me sane. I have a solid foundation of family. We are small but we are mighty....more

Magic Fingers, Crushing Depression, and the Realities of Newly Diagnosed Fibromyalgia

So let’s talk about medications. Fibromyalgia is a lot of things, but one of the main things that it presents is pain. LOTS AND LOTS OF BODY WIDE PAIN. Its pain that seems to have no explanation and sits in our joints, our muscles, spines and heads. My back often feels covered in bruises that no one can see. Eric will offer to rub my back for me and as much as I would love him to, it offers no relief. The moment he touches me I want to scream in agony. I try to lay down, but I can’t find a comfortable way to lay in bed....more