Anchor Mom: Hearts and Memories

Valentine’s Day changes so much over the years as you go from child to dating to married to mother. For kids, it’s a chance to do something festive.  Surround yourself in what is very likely your favorite colors if you’re a girl under the age of 10. Pink and flowers and glitter and hearts everywhere. … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Teaching ‘Thank You’

I’ve been trying to teach my toddler the importance of saying ‘thank you.’ Usually that means we stand awkwardly at the Target cash register as ‘J’ admires his new sticker, while the cashier and I look at him smiling, waiting for him to say the words that prove I’ve done a good job as a mother. … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Working Mom Guilt

Working mom guilt.  Ah!  It’s something I had mostly been able to get past before baby #2 was born.  I had a routine complete with plenty of mommy/son time.  But all of that changed yesterday, my first day back at work since becoming the mom of two. The morning started out flawlessly.  I’ve always felt … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Balancing Act of Sports

What does a 7 year old do after a 2-day swim meet where she placed in two events and PR’d in 4? If it’s my daughter, she asks to go swim laps. It seems like nearly every kid is in sports these days, starting at younger and younger ages. My kids are no exception. Olivia … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Preparing for Preschool

My “baby” just turned 3.  He’ll be the first to tell you he’s no longer a baby.  But since he has a fall birthday, I get to pretend for a few extra months before he’s “supposed” to start school. But the truth is that our daycare provider already does school work with him.  And he … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Vision Check

There has been a noticeable change to one of my darlings this week!  Olivia got glasses.  I suspected she needed them about a  year ago, but at the time the optometrist said it was borderline and she may grow out of it.  This September’s appointment was quite different.  We have already noticed what a benefit … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: Back to School

Forward: There are two versions of this post.  I couldn’t decide which one was a better description of this time of year. VERSION 1: UGH.  (That’s about all I can muster for today) VERSION 2: Yay!  School, soccer, and swimming are all back in session. (why can’t I find a sarcastic font?) Growing up, I … Continue reading »

Anchor Mom: #LikeAKid

When my daughter was born, I was really concerned about the impact of having too much pink. So our crib sheets, high chair, and car seat were all neutral.  It did not stop her from wanting her nails painted (mine never are), choosing pink as her favorite color, and pretending to be a princess.  But … Continue reading »

AnchorMom: #BareYourBelly

Are you familiar with the recent headlines about a mom in Canada who decided to wear a bikini to a beach – and then was ridiculed by some young men for her stretchmarks and less-than-toned tummy? I think almost any mom can imagine what she is experiencing.  I remember being pregnant with Olivia, and a … Continue reading »

AnchorMom: Body Image and Kids

***Warning:  This is one of the most soul-baring things I have ever written.*** Like many women (and men), I have spent decades fighting a negative body image.  I think I was in 7th grade the first time I looked down on the school bus and noticed that my thighs looked wider while plastered against the … Continue reading »

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