"Thank you for letting me share this phase of my life with you. I hope it was helpful to discover that other parents have the same bad days. The same worries. The same embarrassing moments and joyful discoveries. This ongoing conversation between friends and strangers is what makes Momaha so awesome."

"I knew the day Emilia added 'diary' to her birthday list that we were crossing an invisible line into new parenting territory. Privacy is no longer a concept we’re teaching her, but a value she holds," wrote Catherine Kraemer. "There are thoughts she wants to keep to herself. There is a world she inhabits that we may not always be a part of."

"Since the past few weeks have brought us snow, which has in turn given us snow days, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to cozily coexist with our three kids indoors. Here are some tips I came up with for ways to hygge hard — because snow-day parenting ain’t easy."

"There are “meh” people who muddle through, anxious to get on with it and start the New Year. There are people who get measurably excited for the holiday season, embracing traditions, exchanging gifts and genuinely enjoying all the trappings of this time of year. And then there are Christmas people. I’m married to a Christmas person."

Catherine Kraemer made it through the 2016 holiday season without an elf. Her kids were fine. Then she took a detour through a post-holiday sale section at the mall where she found a lone and neglected elf among bent wreaths, broken ornaments and seasonal throw pillows.

There’s a sequence in the Judd Apatow movie, “This is 40,” in which the main characters — a married couple on the edge of 40, and occasionally on the edge of insanity — get away for the weekend, sans kids, and have the time of their lives. They feel renewed, refreshed, recommitted to their marriage and parenthood. And then they get home, and within seconds they’ve stepped right back into the tense and rote dynamic they were trying to escape.

It’s funny, but also frustratingly familiar.

"I am grateful for the comfort you provide. The world is crazy. Life is changing. The kids are growing up so quickly, but you are a constant. You will always be with me."

Lately, the issue of fairness has taken up space as a major theme in Catherine Kraemer's house. "The constant squabbling over fairness feels totally exhausting and paralyzing. I find myself orchestrating our daily lives to avoid conflict. Case in point: the pink plate."

"My legs are not my favorite thing. They aren't toned or tan; they're scarred by an ACL repair and ancient mosquito bites, and polka-dotted with bruises that broadcast my general clumsiness," wrote on Omaha mom. "When I was pregnant with Emilia, spider veins accumulated around my ankles, building webs that have only gotten more permanent and complex with each new baby." Still, she's wearing them anyway, and having a ton of fun with her kids while doing so.

You know the scene: You’re out at the grocery store or a restaurant, and your kids are going insane. You are visibly losing your mind. Then a kind, wizened veteran parent approaches you in the midst of the chaos and says something to the effect of, “Enjoy this. It goes so fast.” "If you are like me, you are all at once grateful, touched, annoyed and ambivalent," wrote one Omaha mom. "Because on one hand, how am I supposed to enjoy it when so often I’m just trying to survive it? And on the other hand, this stranger is absolutely right."

Tip No. 4: Investigate suspicious smells. "Pull over at a desolate highway exit because your 5-year-old is ranting about a mysterious odor. Check for cows outside the car. Check the baby inside the car," wrote Catherine Kraemer. "(Then) watch in horror as your 3-year-old shows you the poop inside her cowgirl boot. Clean her foot with wet wipes. Gag. Ask, 'How did this happen?' at least 50 times."

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