14 Women Share the First Time They Were Shamed as a Mother

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The moment my pregnancy test came back positive, I felt uncharacteristically ready. Joining the ranks of strong women who’d brought new life into the world had been a dream of mine. Sharing in the responsibility of raising the next generation felt significant. So when it came to learning everything I could about motherhood, I was […]

40 Things 40 Is (and One Thing That It Isn’t)

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I’m turning 40 next month. I suppose the idea of bidding final farewell to my thirties ought to furrow my brow a little, but it doesn’t. Maybe it’s because I’ve had 39 years and 11 months to prepare for it. Maybe it’s because I survived my husband’s 40th freak-out earlier this year. Or maybe it’s […]

Mothers Need Mothering, Too

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When I was in high school, pagers were the ultimate status symbol. Clipped to your hip, a beeper told the world you were in demand. And everyone wanted one. Well, everyone except me. Because as cool as the Motorola Bravo ever was, the idea of my mom blowing up my beeper would never be. And […]

The Hardest Part of Parenting a Teen Is All the Not Knowing

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Driving home from freshman orientation, my teenage son says nothing. Sprawled out in the passenger seat, bangs covering his eyes, he fidgets with the automatic window. “So, high school … it seems pretty cool, right?” I insist. “I guess,” he shrugs, as he stares out the open window. “High school’s going to be a lot […]

Our Children Were Never Ours to Keep

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Life as the mom of a teenager isn’t easy. There are days when my son barely speaks; days when his laziness knows no bounds. But then there are days when he really steps up, reaches out, and gives back. While I may never understand the hows and whys of his fickle ways, I’m keenly aware […]

10 Things I Do That My Children Never Will

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Last week a weird thing happened, so I did what I do with all weird things — I took it to Facebook: I made three errands this morning resulting in three purchases on my debit card. For each of these purchases, I did what I’ve done since I was 16 years old — I recorded […]

Christmas Falls Entirely On Me

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If ever there was a season I loved as much as I loathed, it would have to be Christmas. Is any other holiday as naughty as it is nice? Ho-ho-no. While some might argue Christmas is what you make of it, for those doing the making, the holidays are hard. I, alone, am the not-so-merry […]

4 Things I Learned By Quitting My Job

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When you marry young, you learn pretty quickly just how important a secure job can be. It can be the difference between “I told you we could make it on our own!” and living in your parents’ converted garage. At 22, newly graduated, newly married, and broke as hell, I took a job I didn’t […]

Dear Friends, If You Only Knew

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My Dearest Girlfriends, I’ve wanted to write you a letter of encouragement for a while, but as I sort through collected bits of wisdom scribbled on napkins and old receipts, I realize you’re owed honesty more than advice. As the inaugural mom of our group, I’ve been long viewed as a maternal pioneer. I was […]

#LoriGoesShopping Because Shopping Should Be Fun

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Look! I found this @officialluckybrand shirt at @marshalls that is just the cutest thing ever in the very best shade of red. Get in my closet! #luckyyou #marshalls #Lorigoesshopping #madeitmine #shopping #dressingroom #dressingroomselfie A post shared by mommyfriend (@mommyfriend) on Jun 14, 2015 at 5:31pm PDT   If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably […]