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March 14, 2014

Most of my words exist either electronically or in the long-hand scrawl of my journals. Rarely do I see my words in print. On paper.

This week, I got to do just that.

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I may have purchased several copies. I may have secretly wished that someone–the Target check-out clerk?–would ask me why I had so many copies of  Parents Magazine in my cart. I may have displayed the stack of magazines to my family  and may have done an extremely silly rap/song/dance in the kitchen as Hubby, Abby and Henry watched on. Henry may have drummed an awesome riff to accompany my rap.

This piece is near and dear to my heart because it delves into the nitty and gritty of being an imperfect parent living a real life–which, I believe, is fairly universal. We all encounter the fallibility of this human existence, every day.

You can read it here. Or, in the April issue of Parents Magazine.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. christagal permalink
    March 14, 2014 11:13 am

    Brava! I just loaded up on magazines yesterday and missed this one. so proud of you!

  2. Meg Ferron permalink
    March 14, 2014 11:32 am

    your light and insight shines even brighter!

  3. Gail permalink
    March 14, 2014 11:48 am

    keep your phone line clear for oprah’s call!!!!! xxx

  4. March 14, 2014 11:50 am

    Congrats, Denise! Wonderful accomplishment.

  5. mommytransformations permalink
    March 14, 2014 9:20 pm

    Wonderful piece. So much of it resonated with me, especially the part about how what you were externally presenting and internally feeling were so divergent. About how you lived in this world where everyone else was living a perfect life and you were all messed up.

    We are all messy. It’s brave and freeing when we finally allow ourselves to admit it.

  6. March 14, 2014 11:54 pm

    I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am for you. You are a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. What a thrill to think of how many parents will benefit from reading your words. xoxo

  7. March 15, 2014 10:14 am

    Love! Well done and thank you for sharing. Very proud of you.

  8. adkamanda permalink
    March 16, 2014 7:47 pm

    You are so wonderful. xo

  9. Cynthia Christy permalink
    March 18, 2014 8:52 am

    So exciting! What an accomplishment! Truly a universal issue — thanks for opening up such an important topic. So many of us have been right there with you. You put it into words beautifully!

  10. Fae permalink
    March 23, 2014 10:16 pm

    I had to google your name after reading your piece in Parents magazine, so glad to have stumbled on your blog. Thank you for your honesty, it’s nice to know I am not alone with my feelings of parenting guilt and having a mustache! I try to remind myself that the days are long but the years are short but some days I can barely think. Hopefully I can slow down and enjoy my kids while they’re young.

    • March 25, 2014 1:21 pm

      I am so glad you came by. Thank you for reading my article and I’m glad it resonated with you!

  11. April 9, 2014 12:40 am

    Loved this article. As an overachiever by nature, I can totally relate to this, in terms of mothering AND in terms of my whole entire life. Kudos for having the courage to write so honestly. It has helped me to feel like I am not alone with my internal struggles!

Give me your grit.

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