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From an idea riding in the car in 2015, to the first blog post in 2016, to now - Around the Way Mom has grown to the hub for all things Mom, Woman, Partner, Friend, and Career because let's face it, we're more than Moms! As a storyteller, the blog offers me a chance to tell stories about my experiences and other Moms that are funny, thought-provoking, relatable, and honest.

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Learn Your Child’s Love Language

I bet you’ve heard of The 5 Love Languages? You may have even taken the quiz to find out which one you identify most with. Have you ever thought about what your child’s love language is? How does your daughter give and receive love? Is it through receiving gifts like her favorite snack? Or does your ... READ the POST

I can’t think of one parent who doesn’t want a stronger relationship with their children, and one way to do that is to find out how they want to be loved. So, get ready to invest your effort, while keeping an open heart, and be prepared to put into practice what you learn.

Dear 2021, I’m no longer focused on being booked and busy

Thanks for reading my ‘love letter’ of sorts to the new year. I’ve been feeling a push to challenge the idea that being ‘booked and busy’ somehow equates to being successful, productive, and (dare I say it) happy. It doesn’t. What it has ended up leaving me feeling is overwhelmed, unmotivated, ... READ the POST

My 40 years on earth have taught me there is a price for everything; sometimes it’s paid upfront, while other times that sh*t’s on layaway. And the cost to being ‘blessed and busy’ or ‘booked and busy’ is dumb high. For real, I added it up.

Facing the fall…

Today marks 224 days since we've been home in quarantine. Life shifted in a way no one expected and it wasn't until the weather started to get warmer that I felt a bit more 'human' again. It's something about seeing the sun and feeling the warmth on my skin. It's also something about firing up the ... READ the POST

Fall 2020 will surely be different than any other fall we've seen before and that is a good thing. Face the fall with a different perspective, ready to align your routines to your life now, and placing your wellness at the top of the list. Face the fall expecting to land on your feet.

Virtual Learning at Home: Tips for Parents

It's been 3 weeks and there's a bunch more to go! What am I talking about? I'm talking about virtual learning at home...aka the new normal. How has it been for you? For me, it's been interesting! After watching some parents whose kids started school sooner than my son navigate supporting their kids ... READ the POST

While I have enjoyed 'work from home' days in the past- this is different. It's waaaaaay different. I've adopted 3 steps that have been a #gamechanger for me. They are not foolproof though, and I've already had to make some adjustments. (There are also FREE templates for you to download and use).

Raising a Black son in 2020- Focusing on joy

It’s felt like more than a notion to make myself sit down and write about what it feels like to raise a Black son in 2020. When Tre was born in 2012 my focus was on having a smooth and stress-free delivery, and learning how to adjust to being a mother. As the first few years went on, we fell into ... READ the POST

I know I’m not alone in being concerned about the safety and well-being of my child. As I write this, I think about my friends who have daughters and sons and how we all want the absolute best for our children.

#Momconfession- I got frustrated and lost my cool

Ever gotten irritated about something small and took out your frustrations on someone who didn’t deserve it? Well if you haven’t, I have…and I just did, and I felt like crap about it. Here we were having a whole mother-son moment making brownies when I saw a half-eaten chicken wing in the trash, and ... READ the POST

I apologized for my reaction and, instead of telling Tre how overwhelmed I’ve been working, mom-ing, cleaning, wife-ing, activity-ing, and working some more, I told him my reaction was extra and I could have, and should have responded differently.

“10-to-2”: The Homeschooling Edition

The term “10-to-2” holds a special place in my heart and I’m going to tell you why. When I was in college, all of the on-campus parties were held from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. That’s when I learned, for the most part, parties in Baltimore end at 2:00 am. I can still see it now- my friends and I ... READ the POST

I’ll be quite honest, the first 2 weeks of homeschooling was a pieced together...experiment. Now, it's a whole different story. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. there is no fun screen time unless it's to complete online assignments.

COVID-19: Helping Kids Cope

Here we are 3 months into the new year and there’s been a LOT to cope with. The reality is we are living in a different world right now. While it is uncertain AF, what is for sure is our kids need support and they are looking to us to set the tone for how life will be in the coming weeks. If you ... READ the POST

If you are looking for suggestions with how to help your kids cope during the Coronavirus pandemic, I’ve got 4 tips for you.

Tips for Teaching Kids Gratefulness

Mom: “Tre, what does is mean to be grateful?” Tre: “It means to be happy for the stuff that you shouldn’t want should just be happy.”  This was the beginning of a conversation I had with my 6-year old son one day on the way home from school last year. As I continued ... READ the POST

Remember our kids’ brains are still developing and each experience they have adds to their ability to learn about empathy and put what they learn from us it into practice.

“Toughen up buttercup!”

I don't know how the saying, "Toughen up buttercup" is normally used, but a Mom said it to me tonight and I don't really think she meant it in a sweet way. As a matter of fact, I think she was being quite sarcastic and low-key shady. So here's what happened. Our kids attend the same swimming ... READ the POST

Moms let's do better and focus on what's really important- raising healthy, secure, confident children who are ready to go out and make positive contributions to the world. Leave the number of children your fellow Mom has alone. The end.

Ice Cream & Anxiety

Great- the title hooked you into reading what this post is all about! I'll cut right to the story- a recent summer camp trip threw Tre into tears, perceived fear and worry...aka- anxiety. To be a 7 y/o kid with the summer off to only think about how many times you're going to go swimming or how ... READ the POST

I know some people are going to take issue with me naming Tre's feelings as anxiety. That's what it was folks...let's call it by name so we can deal with it, move through it and help him as he experiences it.

Yes, we only have 1 child…that’s it & that’s all!

Once you become a certain age folks start pressuring you to settle down and have kids. Once you settle down and have a child then there is added pressure to have more.  Here's how the conversation goes: "How many kids do you have?" "One." "Really?" "Yup." "Well you've got to have at least ... READ the POST

I get a little side eye and questions when people find out I only have 1 child. Don't try to make me feel bad...I'm happy with my life! Boom!

I Survived Summer Camp 2020!

Sing along with me, “Drums please! [insert drums] Summer, summer, summertime, time to sit back and unwind…” Now that I’ve reminded you of a familiar tune to help put you in the mood, here’s the reality- Summer 2020 is different af...especially for parents. Now that we’ve made it through another ... READ the POST

Hello Virtual Summer Camp! Now that we’ve made it through another school year courtesy of Zoom, Blackboard, Webex and Google Meet, we are now front and center for our next role- Camp Counselor! Online options ranging from cooking classes, to music lessons and STEM instruction started popping up in the spring giving parents different cost options ranging from free, to affordable, to ‘does a nanny come with that?!’