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  • Marked With Empathy

    I was a history major in college. The way the world has arrived at the place it is now, the causes and effects, the victors and the victims, the passive people and the active, their environments and thoughts and words, ... Read More

  • Call for Submissions: Your MOPS Story

    Moms are a tribe of women brought together with the goal of loving and nurturing the next generation. At MOPS, our goal is to create a space for this kindred group to share and learn alongside one another. MOPS brings ... Read More

  • Easy Shibori Napkins

      Easy Shibori Napkins Shibori is a Japanese dyeing method that includes folding, twisting or bunching and binding cloth, then dyeing it in indigo. We’ve created a similar effect by using easy, pre-made dye bottles from our local craft store ... Read More

  • From the Heart

    The steady rhythm of your heart is wholly unique to you, yet the even cadence of each beat is similar to every other heart. Otnaracy Silva, a MOPS Coordinator and family doctor in Brazil, witnesses this phenomenon on a daily ... Read More

  • How Having Social Anxiety Has Shaped Me as a Mom

    Social Anxiety. That’s what the therapist called it as I sat across from her on the mahogany leather couch. Her office was devised to look like a living room to make me feel at home, but all I could think was, “I wouldn’t be here if I was normal.” The list of my oddities lay like the stacks of magazines recklessly piled for bored fingers to flip through at the doctor’s office: No friends, no one c...

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  • Why Being Married to a Husband With a Porn Problem Is Incredibly Painful

    There were six of us in the room, our chairs in a circle so that we could see one another fully.  The woman across from me was in so much pain. In fact, she didn’t quite know how much more she ... Read More

  • The Milestones No Mom Talks About

    At your baby shower someone gave you a beautiful, hand-illustrated baby book in which you have diligently recorded each of your child’s major (and lesser) milestones. There are photographs secured with pretty washi tape, little baggies of clipped baby curls ... Read More

  • Body Image in the Marriage Bed

    Buckle up, I have quite a soap box with this one! Since we were little girls we have been marinating in poisonous messages about our bodies. We navigate puberty enduring scrutiny and engage in “normal” but toxic comparisons. By the ... Read More

  • I Pulled a Tooth Today

    I pulled a tooth today. Her tooth. Small, opaque and worn-down at the edges. Just an ordinary little tooth. Nothing unusual in this simple act; I have done it dozens of times. But today something was different, something changed. She ... Read More

  • When a Milestone Birthday Is Hard

    Some friends a few years my junior recently hit milestone birthdays. You know the ones. They end in a zero. And with each friend’s approaching day, I sat through the same group discussion. It went something like this: as the ... Read More

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  • 4 Ways to Make the First Year of Kindergarten a Success

    If your little bird is leaving the nest for the first time this school year, you might both be a tad nervous. Kindergarten is a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit of a transition – especially ... Read More

  • Every First Is Also the Last

    In the life of raising children, it is easy to parse out time in milestones: first tooth, last time nursing, first steps, last day in diapers. We’ve learned to appreciate the “big” milestones, but what about the day to day? ... Read More

  • Together We Are Motherhood: Meeting the Birthmother

    Just be yourself. It was advice from many friends and family as we pulled up to the small brick house in Maryland. I wore a black and white striped dress and leggings, both worn from many washings, deciding to wear something ... Read More

  • A Message to the Mum Sitting Across From You Today

    I saw you today. Everyone was staring at you caring for your child. Sitting so close to his well-positioned wheelchair, you kissed his forehead, wiped his face, kept him calm and held him tight when he became anxious. I see ... Read More

  • A Place To Call Home

    When you are in high school you feel invincible. Unshakable. I was 16 when I found out that I was pregnant. My world felt like it was crumbling around me. Unimaginable judgment made me feel like my child was unwanted, ... Read More

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