Marked With Empathy

I was a history major in college. The way the world has arrived at the place it is now, the causes and effects, the victors and the victims, the passive people and the active, their environments and thoughts and words, all of it fascinates me. I ate it all up, jumping from book to book like a frog on lily pads. I could read all about the triumphs and tragedies of mankind and come away from it with my mind lit up like a flame, the fire set and smoldering by the spark of curiosity and knowledge colliding. It was ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello, Dearest, Is it just me or has reading through the Rites of Passage stories this month felt like a big EXHALE? Sometimes all it takes is just knowing that you are not alone. When you ...
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Call for Submissions: Your MOPS Story

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Moms are a tribe of women brought together with the goal of loving and nurturing the next generation. At MOPS, our goal is to create a space for this kindred group to share and learn ...
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Easy Shibori Napkins

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  Easy Shibori Napkins Shibori is a Japanese dyeing method that includes folding, twisting or bunching and binding cloth, then dyeing it in indigo. We’ve created a similar effect by using easy, pre-made dye bottles from our ...
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Marked With Empathy

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I was a history major in college. The way the world has arrived at the place it is now, the causes and effects, the victors and the victims, the passive people and the active, their ...
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From the Heart

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The steady rhythm of your heart is wholly unique to you, yet the even cadence of each beat is similar to every other heart. Otnaracy Silva, a MOPS Coordinator and family doctor in Brazil, witnesses ...
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How Having Social Anxiety Has Shaped Me as a Mom

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Social Anxiety. That’s what the therapist called it as I sat across from her on the mahogany leather couch. Her office was devised to look like a living room to make me feel at home, ...
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Why Being Married to a Husband With a Porn Problem Is Incredibly Painful

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There were six of us in the room, our chairs in a circle so that we could see one another fully.  The woman across from me was in so much pain. In fact, she didn't quite
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The Milestones No Mom Talks About

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At your baby shower someone gave you a beautiful, hand-illustrated baby book in which you have diligently recorded each of your child’s major (and lesser) milestones. There are photographs secured with pretty washi tape, little ...
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When a Milestone Birthday Is Hard

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Some friends a few years my junior recently hit milestone birthdays. You know the ones. They end in a zero. And with each friend’s approaching day, I sat through the same group discussion. It went something ...
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Easy Shibori Napkins

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  Easy Shibori Napkins Shibori is a Japanese dyeing method that includes folding, twisting or bunching and binding cloth, then dyeing it in indigo. We’ve created a similar effect by using easy, pre-made dye bottles from our ...
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DIY Watercolor Cards

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There’s something about applying watercolor paint to paper that soothes the soul.  Materials Watercolor paint Watercolor brushes – size 8 round or size 14 flat Acrylic paint brush – with short round bristles Watercolor paper ...
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Get to Know Your Neighbors This Summer: 6 Ways to Connect

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The spring we moved to Seattle five years ago I didn’t see a single soul outside of our house for more than a minute or two. People moved quickly from their cars to their door, ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello, Dearest, Is it just me or has reading through the Rites of Passage stories this month felt like a big EXHALE? Sometimes all it takes is just knowing that you are not alone. When you ...
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Call for Submissions: Your MOPS Story

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Moms are a tribe of women brought together with the goal of loving and nurturing the next generation. At MOPS, our goal is to create a space for this kindred group to share and learn ...
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4 Ways to Make the First Year of Kindergarten a Success

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If your little bird is leaving the nest for the first time this school year, you might both be a tad nervous. Kindergarten is a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit ...
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Body Image in the Marriage Bed

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Buckle up, I have quite a soap box with this one! Since we were little girls we have been marinating in poisonous messages about our bodies. We navigate puberty enduring scrutiny and engage in “normal” ...
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4 Tactics for Facing Mom’s Back-to-School Anxiety

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As a girl I loved back to school. The pencil boxes and new school clothes always held the possibility of something unanticipated. Of potential. However as a mom, I’m not a big fan of this time ...
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Simple Ways of Encouraging Cognitive Development in Young Children

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As parents of young children, we are always seeking the most effective ways to interact with them, either through a bonding experience or with a new activity that might keep them happy and entertained. But ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really. She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave Collective ...
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