Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

I had a lot of cute ideas as a mom-to-be. I would draw, child on my lap, while they scrawled happily with a crayon. Truly, I would be a wonderful artist and mother. The reality, which probably should have been obvious, was that babies don’t make great studio mates. I soon fell behind on my work. It was clear we needed child care, but it was either unaffordable (a nanny) or involved a lengthy wait list (any day care in Seattle). On top of every other stressful part of parenting, navigating child care was almost more than we could handle.

When life gets chaotic, here’s what I keep in mind to forge ahead

Some days, it can be hard to step back and see the big picture

What life would look like if coffee were a person

Imagine if your morning cup of joe came in human form