Author Archive | Julie Breithaupt

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My (Slightly Offensive) Motto

I’ll cut to the chase. It’s “don’t be a jerk.” So many tense, awkward or otherwise annoying situations could be avoided if people simply chose not to be jerks. Case in point: I’m patiently waiting in line at the Starbucks drive-through like every other currently under-caffeinated Mom when a driver darts in front of me. […]

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wonder

Sometimes I Wonder

It was one of those brilliantly sunny evenings when we were all outside, the kids were playing together and my husband and I were able to simply sit at the patio table and watch them. That doesn’t happen very often so I was certainly trying to soak it in for the 7 minutes it lasted […]

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Self-Acceptance: Practice What You Preach

Self-Acceptance: Practice What You Preach

If you’re like me, as moms, it feels like we are constantly working to teach and reinforce acceptance and love to our children. Maybe it is just because we’ve come off an unbelievably volatile election season, but I feel I am hyper aware of bullying, name-calling and an overall feeling of turmoil. And while I am […]

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Second Child Syndrome

Second Child Syndrome

When I was pregnant with Second Kid, I would have mild panic attacks when trying to fathom how I could possibly love that child as much as First Kid. It did not seem possible to me. I felt like First Kid would feel cheated because she had literally been the center of our universe for a […]

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Ch-ch-changes: Putting Family First

Ch-ch-changes: Putting Family First

I am typically terrible at change.  I am a homebody at heart and tend to form very close bonds with family, friends and co-workers.  But this year, I made a conscious decision to channel my inner Oprah in search of some spectacular “Ah ha” moments.  I decided to come from a place of “Yes.”  And […]

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Swim Lessons: When Is It Too Soon?

Swim Lessons: When Is It Too Soon?

Three years old. There. Blog over. Just kidding. Kind of. Being the dutiful mom that I am, I decided to enroll my 3-year-old daughter in swim lessons this summer. It’s important to know how to swim, right? And that’s what you do during the summer, right? Wrong. I remember swim lessons growing up. I grew […]

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