stephanie hollifield

‘Nobody is having sex with their spouse every night. Except FREAKS. Nobody keeps the house clean all the time. Except FREAKS. It’s ok if you forget to clip your kid’s fingernails.’: Mom urges ‘you will never be able to be everything to everybody’

“A breaking point is coming. Your child doesn’t really need a St. Patrick’s Day shirt. It feels like it’s your job to keep everyone happy, healthy and mentally well. But, that is a lie straight from the pits of HADES.”

‘My sons wear shorts in winter, swearing they ‘aren’t even cold, MOM!’ Weird, I know, because they need approximately 13 blankets to fall asleep.’: Mom learns to pick her battles and laugh at the lesser ones

“My boys were born with a rare yet serious condition known as never-cold-rothopy. Symptoms include having no capacity for feeling cold, having a strong aversion to wearing pants, and becoming highly offended and irrationally emotional when someone suggests they should.”

‘Okay mom, I’m sorry I am bad.’ I laid with my son before bed. I looked in his eyes, and noticed tears started down his cheek. This was a look of defeat.’: Mom doesn’t want being ‘bad’ to identify son ever again

“It is a scary notion that no matter how much we want our kids to do well, they may not. We can set them up for success, but sometimes they will still fail. We can work with them and lead them and guide them, but in the end, they are going to do what they want.”

‘My husband makes a hideous woman. His big breasts were funny! But, some people HATED it.’: Mom shocked by adult strangers’ rude comments towards husband’s Halloween costume, ‘It costs absolutely nothing to be kind’

“It didn’t take long before I realized that my husband dressed-up as the bearded lady was not as charming to our fellow trick-or-treaters as I thought it was. Children were pointing and laughing. Grown women were calling him hateful names loud enough for my children to hear. I was shocked.”

‘My closest friends decided to leave me forever. My core group was gone. My heart was broken. New friends? It is terrifying to put yourself out there. Girls can be mean. Women can be vicious.’

“I can prepare and clean my house for 3 hours the 1st few times you come for a visit. But I can only pretend it is usually this clean for so long before you find out the truth. One day you will stop in because you forgot your sweater, and you will see the underwear one of my boys flung on the couch and the dinner dishes piled up from last night.”

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