Category: PEPS Parent Bloggers

Dear Brand New Mom: Keep it Real

I’ve heard Facebook described as a curated version of your life – sometimes building a blindingly perfect version for all to see. Recently, a friend posted a very real and honest parenting picture on Facebook, and it was such a great example of bravery, acceptance, and support; so with her permission I’d like to share it as a reminder to…

When It’s Really Hard

I think I just had a true emotional breakdown. In car with Anderson. Not listening ad nauseam. Can feel my stress level reaching cataclysmic, desperate, absolutely miserable levels. I raise my voice, deep, gravelly, shaking—it doesn’t even sound like my own—desperately pleading with my 4-year-old to be quiet. I feel helpless and truly tortured. I have to leave the car.…

How do you know you’re done?

According to family lore, my parents always just knew they were done after two babies. It was crystal clear from the moment my little sister was born: family complete. End of story. Throughout my own parenting journey, I’ve heard a similar refrain from other parents, usually uttered in a tone of outright certainty: I’m one and done. I’m two and through. Three…

Dear Brand New Mom: Remember This

Dear Brand New Mom, There are some things during this newborn phase that you will likely want to quickly forget – but some things you will want to remember forever. But what about those details you didn’t know you’d want to remember? I am a scrapbooker and photo historian by nature: I love taking pictures to remember things. However, it’s…

ABCDs of Marriage & Money

by Zach Brittle One of the most common areas of conflict for couples is around the issue of finances. It’s a tricky topic because it’s one of the only issues in a marriage that is measurable. The ability to measure gives us the ability to assign worth. Assigning worth is dangerous business in a relationship, especially when it opens the…

Armchair Quarterbaby

by Shelly Mazzanoble I come from a sports-loving family who taught me the names of every NHL team, the location of every MLB stadium, and which NBA teams had mascots. (Very important to an eight-year old girl.) But when it comes to the NFL, ask me to decipher the difference between a touchback and a fullback, and I deflate quicker…