Kristen Douthit

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Kristen is Southern by birth but has called Boston home for more than a decade. Unlike most Boston natives, she still really loves the snow and cold. She and her husband have two energetic and kind sons (2013, 2014) and a sassy, smart baby girl (2016) who doesn't have a volume knob and is the bruiser of the bunch. Now home full time with the kids, Kristen jokes that she has a master's degree in laundry and a PhD in preschool conflict resolution — which she uses far more than her actual physics and politics degrees. In her "spare" time, she runs her own business (Murph&Moose), which helps her retain some semblance of her own identity in the midst of motherhood. Her passion is seeing moms feel comfortable in their own skin and less alone in the chaos that is motherhood. Loves: writing, science, languages, coffee by the vat, distance running, a good Malbec, time with her girlfriends, and the rare moments of silence when all three children are (finally) in bed Dislikes: daylight saving time, non-washable markers, and noisy neighbors who disrupt her rare moments of silence
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Raising Risk Takers in a Risk-Averse Culture

I worry, these days, that we are creating risk-averse kids. We live in extraordinary times. Times in which minimizing risk is not only encouraged, but expected — and many of us think that if we...

The Grossest Moments of Motherhood

Parenthood, like many other things, is not for the easily intimidated. Nor is it for the weak of stomach. Sure, children are adorable and snuggly — but sometimes they can be downright disgusting. It's...

Our Wedding Vows 10-Year Expansion Pack

"I, Kristen, take thee, , to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to...
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Can You Hear Me?!

"CAN YOU HEAR ME!? IS ANYONE LISTENING?" My 4-year-old daughter has no volume control. She yells, squeals, and shouts at top volume, even if she is only a few feet away. She's the youngest —...
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I Miss Who I Was But I Wouldn’t Change Who I Am

Sometimes, I miss who I was. I'm a 36-year-old mother of three. My life these days consists of shuttling my kids between sports and school and making sure everyone is clean, dressed, and fed.   I do...
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Talking About Hard and Scary Things With Your Kids

A few weeks ago, I took our 8-year-old to the doctor for his annual physical. While we were there, his doctor remarked how happy and well-adjusted he was, given all that was going on...
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“You’re So Busy!”

About a decade after I graduated from college, I sat down with an old mentor of mine for coffee. In reminiscing about the "good old days," and how much I'd changed since then, he...
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Breaking Up With 2020 (And a Few Things I Want to Remember)

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. Bye Felicia. It's been real, but we're so done. Like a bad breakup, I'm ready for a clean break...
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A Love Letter to My Middle Child

We're walking down the street together, just me and you. My middle child. Even though you're now a "big, grown-up 6-year-old," you slip your hand into mine and skip along beside me. "I really...
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Maybe I Should Google That

Welcome to the rabbit hole. Wherein I disclose my Google search history and answer every question you didn't realize you had — in a non-sequitur manner, of course. It started with an innocent yet semi-embarrassing...
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I’m Choosing to Be Excited About Fall 2020, and Here’s Why

I don't know about you, but every conversation I've had lately has been about the big question: What is going to happen with kids and schools in the fall?! No one has good answers,...
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Dearest Husband, Some Days I Kind of Resent You

Dearest, beloved husband of mine, Spending all this time together during COVID has been teaching me a few things about you and me and our relationship. And so I thought, why not share that with...