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Articles in Mari Walker, Joy Holden and May Guides

Raising Readers One Book at a Time

by Mari Walker on

A recent Baby Center email for my seven year old (yes, I still open them to read about her development!) had the headline, “How to Encourage Reading.” I laughed and read along, knowing the advice doesn’t apply to me just now.... Read full article

Mamas Never Get Vacation, Not Even at the Beach!

by Mari Walker on

Packing up and hitting a beach somewhere along the Gulf seems to be an annual event for most middle- and upper-class families in our area, at least according to my Facebook feed. This year, we decided to join the fray, meeting my in-laws from Virgini... Read full article

Bunny Bunny Goes Missing!

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It’s hard to know what toy your kid will latch onto, what will become the irreplaceable lovey or important, gotta-take-it-everywhere trinket.... Read full article

How Do I Respond to Comments from Kids About My Body?

by Mari Walker on

As I established in Suit Up, Mama, I’m living my life in a fat body. It’s not good or bad, it just is. I certainly wish my body were smaller sometimes, and I do exercise and try to be healthy. But I also accept it for what it is: my body that allows ... Read full article

Overscheduled: Otherwise What’s a SAHM For?!

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When Miss Seven started Kindergarten, her dad and I decided to limit after school activities to two: one sport or otherwise something physical and one more arts focused activity. My, how times have changed. Right now, we have four extracurricular act... Read full article



Suit Up, Mama!

by Mari Walker on

You’ll never consider my body bikini-ready or beach-worthy. I’ve never had six-pack abs or been a small person, even in my younger, pre-kid days. I have a soft, squishy tummy; big, strong thighs; big everything.... Read full article

Swipe Right on Your Dream Home

by Joy Holden on

I am in the throes of house hunting. During this process, I have realized an interesting truth about looking for a home. It mirrors dating exactly. Complete with all the anxiety and roller coaster emotions. I have identified four steps of house datin... Read full article

Parenting Advice from The Sopranos?

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I was a high school senior when The Sopranos debuted 20 years ago. I lived in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma, and didn’t have basic cable let alone access to HBO to see the cultural juggernaut as it was airing for the first time. ... Read full article

Is This Our New Normal?

by Joy Holden on

Barry, oh Barry. You arrived late and then left without making much of an impression. And we are grateful! Your tardiness and lack of effort were quite welcome to those of us still suffering from storm shock. Let me just say, on behalf of all the 201... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

by Mari Walker on

In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

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