Author: Holly Crawshaw

When Asking For Help Is Not Enough

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself in this situation often: eyes closed, fists clenched, blood pressure rising, and the only words you can grumble are . . . God, help me. The chocolate milk has been spilled for the fourth time in one meal. God, help me. The whining plays on a loop like fingernails dragging down a chalkboard. God, help me. The arguing in the backseat has persisted from the moment the car doors opened. God, help me. The walls got new artwork, courtesy of a curious toddler and a pack of now-destroyed markers. God, help...

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What Your New Baby Needs Most From You

Regardless of how many friends, family members, and perfect strangers try to paint an accurate picture of parenthood, there’s nothing anyone can say that adequately prepares you for that heart-stretching moment you hold your newborn for the first time.

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3 Ways to Survive the Back to School Season

You’re never prepared for it – for that moment on your weekly (tri-weekly) trip to Target when the water toys and outdoor furniture sets are corralled into the clearance section and replaced by mountains of marbleized composition notebooks and rows of calculators that cost more than my smart phone. Like Christmas, birthdays, and well. . . like most things milestone-related, the back-to-school season seems to arrive more and more quickly each year. And with it. . . My emotions? Mixed. My schedule? Threatened. My budget? On the Endangered Species List. Ready or not, it always comes. But before we...

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One Simple Way to Decrease Your Chances of Raising a Brat

My husband and I just got back from taking our girls to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a long weekend. There were bike-riding adventures, hot dogs on the beach, and early bedtimes (thank you, swimming, for exhausting my children like no other activity) – a great time was had by all. However. It was not all sunshine and giggles. The whining. All the whining. The pleading. The needs. ALL THE NEEDS EVER IN THE WORLD. What is it about staying in close-quarters that brings out the neediness in people? The most impatience in people? The most downright SQUALORYLY nature...

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When Making a Big Deal Out of Little Things Is a Good Idea

Okay, I admit it. I sometimes often overdo things. If I find a shirt I love that fits well, I’ve been known to buy it in two colors. If it’s on sale? … I mean, how many colors are there? Is there a price break for buying in bulk? A “cheat” meal has been known to turn into a “might-as-well-make-it-a-whole-weekend-of-fried-food” extravaganza. And my Christmas-decorating aesthetic? I think my mom used the term, “Polar Express Manic.” I overdo it. I know this. And while this personality has left me overcommitted, overspent, and just plain over it . . . there...

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