Author: Holly Crawshaw

Surviving Ezzy

I was the perfect mother. I mean, anyone could be—if they just read the books like I did and maintained a schedule like I did. If they had boundaries with their children. If they stood their ground . . . If they would just work the system, they could be perfect like me, too. I had the parenting thing all figured out. That’s what I thought after I had my first child, Lilah. She was, by all accounts, perfection. She slept through the night at six weeks. She took several long naps throughout the day. She would smile at...

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Celebrate the Last Day of School

Freedom. Staying up late and sleeping in. The smell of chlorine in my hair. Sunshine. Oatmeal cream pies. Weeks spent at my Grandmother’s. Summer. Maybe your summer memories are different than mine, but I bet we can all agree that summertime is certainly a memorable season. For our children, it’s a breather from the relentless (and often rigorous!) schedule that school brings. For us, it’s a juggling act of childcare, managing boredom, and trying to squeeze in a few moments in the sun for ourselves. You have a lot going on, so we wanted to provide you with a...

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Celebrate Easter

See that photo below? That’s me on the far left. Snaggle-toothed and dressed in the best that the early 90’s had to offer (on a middle-class budget). Every Easter my brother, sister, and I got brand new and coordinating Easter outfits and baskets. My mom wasn’t the kind of mom who baked cookies and did crafts with us. In today’s terms, she wouldn’t have been a “Pinterest Mom.” I mean, she had three kids in four years (and added a fourth the year after this picture was taken. Suuurprise!) But she made a big deal about Easter. And because...

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Redefine Valentine’s

Is there anyone who actually enjoys Valentine’s Day? For singles, it’s a glaring reminder of what we don’t have. Everyone seems to be in love. Everyone but us. And for those of us who do have significant others, it’s pressure to deliver. Deliver gifts. Candy. Jewelry. Romance. And how do our kids factor into Valentine’s Day? Do we buy them candy? Don’t we spend half our life trying to keep them away from sugar? Do we buy them cards? What if they can’t read? It all just sort of seems wasteful, doesn’t it? So how will we get through...

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