friendship

‘My mom always washed the dishes. My dad always dried them. No matter if he worked 16 hours that day or not.’: Daughter to 41-year-old marriage urges ‘consistency’ is key to lasting love

“I’m sure there were days they were mad at each other, annoyed, stressed, or tired from a long day at work…but they still washed/dried the dishes together. As a kid, I didn’t think much about it. But as a 33-year-old standing in the kitchen I grew up in, that small gesture looked completely different.”

‘Alesha’s pregnant and Josh is the father?’ My world stopped. ‘THIS ISN’T TRUE!’ I chose to believe him.’: Bonus mom shares journey through tumultuous relationship to peaceful co-parenting

“I ended up getting pregnant with Josh’s baby in late October. I remember Josh looking at me once we read the pregnancy test and he asked, ‘What will Riley think of me?’ I was completely heartbroken. I couldn’t believe he would say those words to me. What about me, what about our baby?”

Two mom friends pose for a photo in front of a colorful mural while spending quality time together

‘I’ve always loved my friends – but in different seasons of parenting, I’ve placed different value on my friendships.’: Mom shares important lesson on friendship, ‘Don’t be scared to take the first step’

“When my kids were little, friends were a lifeline. We got together daily to keep our sanity. As our kids got older, and we entered the ‘sweet spot’ before adolescence, I put my friendships on the back burner. But in the past 18 months, I’ve needed my friends on a new level.”

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