Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening

Did My Kid Send You a Thank-You Note?

Did My Kid Send You a Thank-You Note?

on Apr 17, 2017

As graduation season approaches, I feel the need to apologize: If you are one of the generous friends who gave my daughters a graduation gift, you can stop holding your breath for that thank-you note. It’s probably not coming. I’m sorry. I have moved my daughters in and out of dorm rooms enough to know that the tidy boxes of note cards I gave them upon...

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Why The Easter Bunny is My Spirit Animal

Why The Easter Bunny is My Spirit Animal

on Apr 13, 2017

  My most painful parenting moment, bar none, was the night I accidentally told my eight-year-old that there was no Santa Claus. The day after Christmas, she had seen some toy boxes in the garage, which matched the gifts so perfectly assembled under the tree the previous morning. As I tucked her into bed that night, she probed gingerly. “Mommy, I saw the boxes in...

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The Nest the Universe Sent Me

The Nest the Universe Sent Me

on Nov 18, 2016

By Becky Blades … For seven years now, a family of robins has chosen the eave over our front door to build its summer nest. When my two daughters were little, we used to spy on the birds through the transom window, watching the mother’s spring nest-building through the weeks when she laid and guarded her eggs. We waited for the turquoise eggs to crack...

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Enough Already

Enough Already

on Jun 27, 2016

I have two daughters, and by external, American, first-world standards, they are both plenty successful. I always encouraged them to set high goals, to go for the gold, and to excel at a few select things. I also encouraged them to try lots of things, to collect experiences and skills. Now, with one in college and one a year out of college, I look back at our...

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7 Mother/Daughter Dates for Summer

7 Mother/Daughter Dates for Summer

on Jun 17, 2016

When my two almost-flown daughters land at my house for the summer, it is a new era in mother/daughter coexistence. They have their lives, I have mine. (I also have my own favorite yoga pants, which I’m determined to keep track of. I’m watching you, girls.) We romanticize about how it will feel having them home, but summer is far from a Gilmore Girls...

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Making Peace With my DIY Mom

Making Peace With my DIY Mom

on May 8, 2016

This Mother’s Day, my daughter surprised me with this special gift: an article to post on my blog. Thank you, sweetie. by Taylor Kay Phillips It was a broken record, as only a mom can perform. So predictable and repetitive that even though I heard it coming, I was still surprised and annoyed. “Oh we can make that,” my mother would say. In response to every...

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Some things should be scary

Some things should be scary

on Apr 17, 2016

Don’t worry, no one is getting hurt. But moms everywhere understand why I had to resort to cheap laundry scare tactics. When my youngest daughter graduated from high school, I released my first book, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening, a fun little book with an all-too-relatable back story:...

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3 Ways to Get Out of Doing Laundry

3 Ways to Get Out of Doing Laundry

on Apr 7, 2016

I raised children who would do anything to get out of doing laundry. I know they don’t come out of the womb this way, so I take some responsibility. And I have spent the last few years desperately trying to correct my bad parenting. With my daughters now 20 and 22, I am throwing in the towel . . . the wet towel I found on top of my daughter’s favorite jeggings. (I...

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