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Ban the phrase ‘I’m a bad mother’

I did something really stupid the other day. Something colossally thoughtlessly stupid that could have resulted in a disaster. I was walking down the street pushing my son in a stroller and wrangling my over-excited, poorly trained dog on a […]

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Ban the phrase ‘I’m a bad mother’

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I did something really stupid the other day. Something colossally thoughtlessly stupid that could have resulted in a disaster. I was walking down the street pushing my son in a stroller and wrangling my over-excited, poorly trained dog on a […]

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Entertaining a young toddler during a Hurricane

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Creating a digital time capsule for my son

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Best toddler toys aren’t toys at all

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Flame retardants and my child

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Toddler and dog, getting along

Snuggle time with dog and baby. (Photo by Seth Darlington) My son, as I have noted before, is obsessed with dogs and the word “dog.” He seems to have a super

33 things I’m looking forward to now that I’m 33

I just celebrated my 33rd birthday. Thirty-flipping-three. For several days leading up to my birthday, I was feeling generally sorry for myself. I was feeling old, tired, and uninspired.

Finding myself again after baby

It took me a while after my son was born to find myself again. The me before I was a mom. The Sara who had hobbies and interests and

Celebrating the little victories amongst the meltdowns

(Stress-free times on Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Photo by Seth Darlington) I was standing in line at the register at H&M this week, and I heard a child screeching from across the

Finding a motherhood mantra

Perhaps you’ve picked up a theme from my recent blogs. I’m hard on myself. I worry and mull and research and ponder. Mostly, I’m fine with that. It’s how

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