Adobe Stock

I remember the first time I dropped my daughter off at the mall with her friends. It wasn’t that long ago. They all had phones with them. They were old enough. They knew to use the buddy system. It was time.

Yet, the pit in my stomach made me realize…

Photo: Shannon Fagan/Getty Images

I’m a big fan of self-care. Five out of five stars. No one can pour from an empty cup, right?

But lately, all over Instagram accounts and the Facebook mom groups I belong to, I’m seeing something that troubles me — a subtle message that can be misleading and even…

I said to my sister on the phone the other day, “Sometimes I feel like I’m suffocating by my life”.

Now, before any of you start to worry that I am falling off the deep end, I’m not. …

If I’m being honest — I’m not a silver linings kind of girl. And this year was kind of the worst.

But, when I reflect on this year, I can think of a lot of things that I hope stay the same.

I hope people will still stay home when…

As panic around the Coronavirus began to rise back in March, I texted my brother one day to check in, because he seems to be the one in my inner circle that was the most calm about all of it. …

Just typing those words leaves me feeling empty and scared.

I know I will be judged for them by the childless, the sanctimommies, and the empty nesters that say with a hand over their heart, “But it goes so fast!”

As I sit on my couch trying to think my…

I’m happy that the yoga worked for you.

I’m happy that the essential oils did something.

I’m happy that you just practiced more self care.

I’m happy for you that meditation does the trick.

I’m happy for you that getting off the standard American diet worked for you and “IS…

The one that I imagined and the one I actually am.

Sometimes I make perfect meals full of veggies and my kids eat them.

Sometimes I’m scrambling and we end up eating a mix of randoms from the fridge like string cheese and ketchup for dinner.

Sometimes I have cookies…

Because kids will make you lose it in ways you never imagined.

One night, we were putting the kids to bed, and had all the windows open. I was giving my kids a semi-loud lecture on listening when I heard the doorbell ring.

My first thought was, “Oh crap. …

I’m stronger because of it.

I prepped myself for a few weeks. I knew what I had to do as I made the appointment with my doctor. I had been in therapy for almost a year. It was helping, but it wasn’t. I knew I needed that pill.

I felt numb as I went through the motions to get it.

It felt…

Meredith Ethington

Meredith Ethington, Author - Mom Life: Perfection Pending, Blogger at and Editor in Chief of

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store