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A Cry For Help

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I must admit, I am one of those people that can’t help but hope that the struggles I have gone through will somehow help me in some unknowable way in the future.  I haven’t had it easy. My parents divorced...
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Dear Mom I Thought I Would Be

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Dear Mom I Thought I Would Be, I had this vision of you. You were perfect. I dreamed about you when I was pregnant. I was excited for you. I was confident in you. I thought nothing could get in...
Hi, my name is Maria, and I’m an over-functioner.  What is an over-functioner? According to Will Meek Ph.D., “Classic characteristics of over-functioning include being overly focused on another person’s problems or life situation, offering frequent advice or help to the...
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I Am Now Parenting a Tween

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Parenting a tween is somewhat like a series of heartbreaks. Your sweet little child changes a thousand little things and starts the transition into a teen. While I knew this day was coming, I had previously spent all of my...
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Will You Remember This

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And I can’t help but wonder, ‘will you remember this?’ Let me start by confessing that I suffer from an extreme case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Will she remember this? This phrase has been echoing around my head...
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Mama, You Inspire Me

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I was never aware of the superpower of mothers. I was never enamored by them. They were moms. They did what they were supposed to do. But once I became one, my whole perception of them changed. I saw...
Just the other day, my daughter looked at me from across the kitchen table and said, matter of factly, “Mommy, you never leave the house for work.” I answered as best as I could. “No, no, I don’t. Not anymore. But...
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Family Complete?

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It's happening. The momentous Big Brother or Big Sister announcements. The first-time mommy friends I met after having my second child are now announcing their second pregnancies. And I feel it. The twinge. The tiny twinge of baby craving...
Hot Topics Over Chilled Beverages are conversations between contributor Jenna and me. In this day and age, the polarity of ideas tends to divide us, Jenna and I may seem like an unlikely pair. On the surface, there doesn’t...
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I See You Mama

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To the working mama who stays up late to pack the lunchboxes and fold the laundry, I see you. To the stay-at-home mama who scrubs dishes through naptime, even though it’s her only break, I see you. To the...

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Shop Fairfield County 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

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We are thrilled to share our seventh annual, locally-curated, and mom-approved holiday gift guide. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we want to help...