Author Archive | Jolene

Mental Load

Sharing the Mental Load

My husband and I are making a conscious effort to share the mental load. It’s not easy. I am by nature a planner, and my husband is not. It will take months if not years, but we are trying hard because the demands of our work/life schedule are growing.

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This is Your MOM BRAIN on Christmas

We should do more than a homemade ornament for their teacher. Hmm if I was a teacher I would want… wine. All the wine. But perhaps that’s an inappropriate gift from a 4-year-old. What would the other mom’s think? What about cookies? Ugh. They probably get so many cookies.

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Giving Tuesday

Make Giving Tuesday A Family Event

Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving – which falls on November 28th this year.   #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, started in 2012, that has continued to grow thanks to the power of social media.  It kicks off the giving season after the two busiest shopping days of the year – Black […]

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Raising Grateful Kids… I Hope

Some days, I beam with pride when my kids say “Thank You” at all the right times, or tell Grandma what a delicious dinner she made. Other days, I’m convinced I’ve completely failed as a parent and am raising the most spoiled rotten, ungrateful kids on earth! Anyone else? We expect our children to have good […]

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The Highs and Lows of a Mom in Her “Mid-Thirties”

Today is my birthday.  I’m now 33, which is not a big milestone by any means. It actually takes me a beat lately to remember my age. But, nonetheless, it feels like I’m entering that interesting age range titled “mid-thirties.” On one hand, I welcome my new sophisticated age category with pride! On the other […]

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One Memory

A Mom’s Journal: One Memory Per Day

I used to keep a daily journal for about 18 years of my life.  It was adorable in my elementary school years, cathartic in my teenage years, and kept track of momentous occasions in my college and young adult years.  My entries were lengthy, filled with emotion, and someday I hope my kids read my […]

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