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Melanie Forstall is a full-time teacher, mother, wife, and never-enough-time writer at Melanie Forstall - Stories of Life, Love, and Mothering. She holds a doctorate in education which has been proven useless when it comes to actual parenting.

Cancer Helped Me Calm The F*ck Down

Cancer changes you. It’s sometimes a cheesy cliché, but I can attest to you that the statement is every bit true. I’ve changed in...

Unpopular Opinion: Get Dressed. It Helps.

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I’ve been joking with my friends lately that my kids have become feral. In many respects, they have. Sure, we get up and have...

I Wasn’t Prepared For My Friend To Leave Me

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“She doesn’t want to be my friend anymore.” We have certainly been there. As a mother of young children, I have unfortunately heard both of...

I Almost Drove Away Without My Son. On Purpose.

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You know chaps me? What I hate the most about parenting? When my kids don’t listen to me. I’m so sick and tired of...

I Do Have It All. But Guess What? You Probably Do, Too.

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The pressure on women today is great, as the expectations for us to ‘have it all’ continue to mount. We must be all things...

Imposter Syndrome is a Thief. We Deserve More

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Guess what? Imposter syndrome isn't real. It’s a lie. Honestly. Imposter syndrome is simply a way for us to protect ourselves from the vulnerability...

You Didn’t Feel the Joy Of New Motherhood? It’s Okay…I Didn’t Either.

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To the new mamma who didn’t feel the joy of new motherhood: It’s okay, I didn’t either. When I was pregnant for my first child,...

The Top 5 Times I Lost My Sh*t As A Parent

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Sure, I am an experienced mother of two, and feel relatively secure as a parent, but no matter what, I remain a very flawed...

My Mantra For Motherhood – Let All The Unnecessary Shit Go

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You have not lived until your child vomits deep inside the aisles of a retail store. I was shopping with my son recently on a...

To My Kids: I’m Done Doing Everything For You

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“Mom!” “Mommy?!” “Mom?” “Mommy?” “Mooooooooom!” Don’t judge me, but recently I looked at my husband and confessed, “I’m ignoring them.” I can’t help it, it’s the end of the...