Browsing the "growing up" Tag

Are You Nervous?

December 12th, 2023 | by Brittany Sirlin

When it’s dark and the tiny stars stuck to the ceiling glow above our heads, my daughter asks the questions that press at the corners of her five-year-old mind. One night, as her freshly washed hair dampened my shirt, she asked, “What’s the meanest thing someone ever called you?”


We Owned the Night

January 4th, 2023 | by Bridey Thelen-Heidel

Those who know me recognize my smile is too tight, not nearly enough teeth showing. I’m faking it because the


When the Icons of Motherhood Fail You

November 28th, 2022 | by Cynthia DiTiberio

With Ma as my example, I learned that much of mothering was keeping others afloat, anticipating their needs, ensuring that everyone else is taken care of


Mostly Functioning

November 21st, 2022 | by Robin Silbergleid

somehow I have raised a semi-adult person who is EMS-certified and capable of doing a twelve-hour shift on an ambulance but can’t manage to get their used La Croix can into the recycling bin or change their sheets or empty the cat box without being reminded at least sixteen times


Mama Bird

November 10th, 2022 | by Maria Hanley

On the second Friday of the new school year, my seventh grader fastened his seatbelt, leaned over the giant backpack in his lap, and sobbed. “I don’t want to go to school.”


Graffiti Mom: MOMZ1

November 7th, 2022 | by Lisa Hanson

In his teen years before he moved out, I was often up in the night or would jerk awake with the image of him falling, unable to return to sleep again


A Daughter’s Mother

September 21st, 2022 | by Janna King

Our first baby would not be a boy as we had planned. I was having a girl



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