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What You Need to Know About Burnout From a Single Parent

When I was in graduate school, I remember constantly hearing the burnout statistics for teachers. I don’t remember what they were then, but they weren’t good. Most people entering the profession weren’t staying longer than three years. I was determined to do better. And then I found myself resigning after two years; teaching for a…

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The Worst Part of Being a Single Mom is the Exhaustion

Being a single mom never gets easier. I’ve got my ways of coping – preschool and playdates help this introverted mama recharge and stay on top of the to do list – but there isn’t much wiggle room for when the schedule gets turned upside down. Last week, there was a snow day. I knew…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/29/16]

We celebrated Caleb’s birthday with a small group of friends and family. Usually, we make a big deal about birthdays, but I was overwhelmed by grief and never got around to doing any kind of decorating. Even though Caleb usually badgers me until we decorate, he graciously forgot and had a wonderful evening. I was…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/23/16]

This is my family. We don’t look like how I imagined (aside from the fair skin, blue eyes, and blonde hair – that was not a surprise since that’s how Keith and I looked as children). Honestly, as much as I wish Keith were here, I can’t imagine us looking like anything else. These kids…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/22/16]

From the moment they met, when Libby was just a few days old, they’ve been inseparable buddies. When I walked in and saw him reading to her, I was overwhelmed. When Keith died and I was still pregnant, I was angry that I’d be bringing a baby into a broken family. What I didn’t realize…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/20/16]

Caleb got a behavior chart this week. He’s loving earning stars and has had a significantly better attitude since we started. Whining is the behavior that drives me most crazy, so anything to cut down on that makes me happy. When he earned this dinosaur tattoo, he instantly said, “Mom! Take a picture of me…

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31 Days of Real Life [10/9/16]

Before I get serious, can we just talk about my love of LuLaRoe? I seriously wear at least one piece a day. I’ve always required my wardrobe to consist of clothes that are soft and comfortable but look nice and put together. LuLaRoe hits the nail on the head. So today I wore my LLR leggings…

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31 Days of Celebrating Real Life [10/5/15]

Caleb wanted to play with Cheerios in these little stacking bowls that have a hole in the top. I told him specifically to play with them on the table so that he didn’t make too much of a mess. Less than a minute later, I walked into the living room to see Cheerios and cashews…

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Widowhood is Lonely (and a Plea For Single Parents)

I read this post today and wanted to jump up and down, shouting to the world that somebody put my feelings into words. The author, a single mom to a preschooler, expresses the paradox of single parenting: everyone knows it takes a village to parent, but not many people are willing to step out of…

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31 Days of Celebrating Real Life [10/4/15]

Caleb had a rough night last night. He wouldn’t stay in bed and ended up falling asleep almost two hours after bed time. Today he refused to nap. I knew he was exhausted, but he was acting as if someone had snuck him caffeine. I let him watch a movie as a rest. I always…

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