Author: Holly Crawshaw

I Feel Like a Failure

I just got off the phone with my best friend since 7th grade. Her name is Megan*, and she is one of my favorite people on Earth. First, she makes a mean grilled cheese, and second, she is one of the most loyal people I know. Now, between Megan and I, there are five kids. We’re lucky to get a few texts out to each other a day. They usually look like this: Me: Ezzy peed on the white rug. I need a new one. Megan: I could use a few throw pillows. Me: Home Goods? Megan: Tuesday? Me:...

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How Bad Moms Can Get a Win

Now, we all know we aren’t bad moms. Like, we’re not withholding meals as a form of punishment or locking our kids in closets for a week (not that we haven’t briefly contemplated that). But what I mean is, there are some of us who aren’t a mom’s mom. In the American Literature classic, The Awakening, Adele Ratignolle is described as a “mother-woman.” A mother-woman is the mom who patiently sits in the floor and watches as their child tries to fit the square block through the square hole seventy-three times until they find success. A mother-woman gets out...

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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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