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What the Night Brings

By Claire Akebrand

Ever since becoming a mother, I’ve come to love the night almost like a friend, or sister, or doppelganger. I look forward to it all day. As charming as my children are and as supportive as my husband continues to be, maintaining a sense of individuality is an ongoing battle when you’re a mother and …

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I have the very best, cutest, most brilliant children in the entire universe

By Shelah Miner

My five-year-old, Maren, has been obsessed with favorites lately. “Mommy, you are my very best mom in the whole world,” she’ll say to me. I know she’s angling for a reply. Preferably something along the lines of, “And you, my most precious, are my favorite child on the planet.” The problem is, I have four other children, all of whom would be peeved to know I said Maren was my favorite, and Maren would delight in reporting the news right back to them.

So instead I respond with something like, “And you are my favorite five-year-old in this family,” which feels pretty lame coming from the very best mom in the whole world. But at least it will prevent civil war from breaking out in our household, which is something we always seem to be on the verge of these days, with the temperatures over a hundred degrees, and all of the kids cranky from watching too many hours of Netflix. In fact, I think they’ve watched a billion hours of Neflix this summer. They’ve probably watched more Netflix than any other kids in America.

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On Having It All

By Angela Hallstrom

*A quick reminder before I begin: Segullah’s book club will be discussing Emma Donoghue’s novel Room on May 19th. You have plenty of time to read (right?). Please join us!*

My first baby was born on August 27th—the first day of school in the Jordan School District. Since I was a high school English teacher at the time, it was a tricky day for me to have my first baby. Not only would the year begin without my students meeting me, but establishing the all-important tone in my classroom, as well as teaching the first six weeks of foundational material, would be the responsibility of a substitute. I had enough experience as a teacher to suspect that such a setup was not ideal.

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