Category: women's issues

I went to the Chicago Women's March and all I got was kindness, respect and a renewed faith in democracy

I’ve gotten to do some pretty awesome things in my life. I’ve traveled to lovely places, learned powerful ideas, married the love of my life, and even grew a person or two. Participating today at the Chicago Women’s March is very high up on my list of incredible life events. I shared this event with... Read more »

Signs to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am...

Signs to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am...
stuck in the middle with you. Actually, you’re stuck with me. And, the real lyrics read clowns as opposed to signs, but clowns are scary AF. And, signs, particularly signs political in nature are on my mind. Today’s ten minute drive to my son’s preschool yielded some raw data: we passed 8 Trump/Pence signs, 1... Read more »

May is Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness month

May is an important month in Illinois. The flowers are beginning to bloom and the school year is drawing to a close. Good moods and excitement for the upcoming summer abound. Growing baby bumps seem to be everywhere as people slough off the extra layers they’ve been piling on all winter—and portions of this spring.... Read more »
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The mom advice I wish I would have gotten

The mom advice I wish I would have gotten
The first line of my LTYM piece starts, “I seem to remember someone mentioning that motherhood is really difficult.” When you are expecting, so many mothers will come up to you and offer advice, or take a stroll down memory lane. It always happens the same way; they see your belly, a smile flits across... Read more »

Being brave with Listen To Your Mother

My mother told me to do a lot of things: turn up your music, put on a little lipstick (for the love of god, she’s still fighting this one with me), and kiss whoever you want. She’s a gem, through and through. She also told me that I should always go for it, and showed... Read more »

In defense of imperfect moms

I’m an imperfect mom. I will unabashedly admit it. I’ll also defend it; I’ll defend imperfect moms and stand up for these ladies who are doing the best they can. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: motherhood is a tough gig. It’s a hundred different jobs rolled into one never- ending position.... Read more »
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What I've learned about strong women

I’ve learned a thing or two about strong women in my day. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by many, many strong women, and I can’t help but learn from the positive example they set. Sometimes these women aren’t aware of their strength. Sometimes they never intended to be strong, but are inescapably so. Here’s... Read more »

I applaud Hayden Panettiere's real talk about Postpartum Depression

I’m not a morning television watcher, but Hayden Panettiere’s recent appearance on a morning show made its way to me via a dear Stable Mable viewer. After watching the clip, I want to stand and cheer, and bear hug the hell outta that beautiful woman after she took a stand for mothers experiencing postpartum depression.... Read more »

Living with PPD: gaining perspective

Living with PPD: gaining perspective
He’s covered in blueberries. There are blueberries in his hair, and up his nose. It’s on his clothes (bibs just slow the inevitable mess). There are blueberries on my chair. There are blueberries on the floor, and, at the risk of sounding like Seuss, there are blueberries on more. The kid is a mess. A... Read more »
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To honor a friend's strength

To honor a friend's strength
Today’s “Motivational Monday” post comes a day early because it needs to. I need to honor a friend today, who showed bravery and strength in the face of extreme danger. I need to honor a friend who proved just how strong she can be, both as a fighter and as a survivor. I can say... Read more »