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When COVID hits home, literally

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On April 12, I eagerly got in line for my first COVID vaccine, rolled up my sleeve, waited my 15 minutes and snapped my...

The push and pull of parenting

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Earlier this month, we were thrown a curveball: someone in Jackson’s class at daycare tested positive for COVID. With Jackson running a low-grade fever...

What a year in lockdown has taught my son

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When the first anniversary of the pandemic lockdowns passed earlier this month, many of us likely took a moment to look back on all...

Helping kids think outside the (toy) box on gender

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As a two-mom family, Ashlee and I went into parenting thinking we’d be totally progressive and shun any gender norms or expectations for Jackson...

How parents can reimagine resolutions in 2021

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With 2020 in the rearview mirror, many of us are looking to the coming year with fresh eyes and a glimmer of hope for...

Tipping the scales back toward equality

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As I watched Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris take the stage in Wilmington, Del., I sipped my wine, jumped a little at the fireworks booming...

How LGBTQ parents can bond with a non-biological child

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When Jackson was born, my life changed in an instant. But, unlike the rosy picture that many paint of becoming a parent, I didn’t...

A survival guide to the Terrible Twos

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Nearly two-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a column for PGN about how Ashlee and I were “riding the emotional roller coaster” of the first...

Why parenting and grief go hand in hand

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I’ve heard it said that the response many of us have had to the pandemic in the last few months is akin to grief—as...

3 parenting lessons from the pandemic

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When I got the notice that Jackson’s daycare was closing this spring, I posted a cutesy photo of him hanging on our dog and...

Learning how to be a teacher overnight

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Let me start this by saying to all teachers, daycare employees, caregivers and anyone else who devotes their time to molding the minds of...

Family Forward: Through better or worse, five years later

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On April 18, 2015, Ashlee and I exchanged our wedding vows before more than 100 family and friends. We talked about a future filled...

Keeping sane in our new reality

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I had originally written this column as a cutesy ode to all of the affordable ways Ashlee and I have found to occupy Jackson—the...

Emotional labor and the need for self-care

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“We’re making our way into Savasana, our final resting pose.” Craaaaash.  “Take up lots of space, allow the eyes to close. Take these few moments of...

What 2019 taught me

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The new year offers time for reflection and, this year in particular, I’ve found myself re-riding the ups and downs of the rollercoaster that...

10 holiday gifts every parent (secretly) wants

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We’re just about in the thick of the holiday shopping season, meaning many of us are running ragged looking for the perfect gifts for...

Why I’m embracing the #MomFail

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Before I became a parent, I had heard the cheeky hashtag #MomFail thrown around on social media, interpreting it as a sort of self-deprecating...

Learning to live each day with gratitude

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Months ago, I came across a Facebook post a friend shared that was written by a parent who had lost a child. In the...

How do you measure a year?

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At 6:36 p.m. Aug. 7, 2018, Jackson Anthony Colletta burst his way into the world. He was screaming, covered in gook and perfect. While...

What I learned from our first family vacation

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Before Ashlee and I took Jackson on his first family vacation earlier this summer, she shared a bit of advice a friend had mentioned:...

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