Kristen D

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Kristen is Southern by birth but has called Boston home since 2008. 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). Kristen jokes that she has a master's degree in laundry and a PhD in child conflict resolution — which she uses far more than her actual physics and politics degrees. After seven years as a stay-at-home mom, Kristen went back to work full-time in 2021 as a program coordinator for a research lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. In her "spare" time, she runs her own business (Murph&Moose), serves on multiple alumni committees for her alma mater, and runs half marathons. Her passion is seeing moms feel comfortable in their own skin and less alone in the chaos that is motherhood. Loves: gardening, science, languages, coffee by the vat, running, 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

The View from My Couch :: A Hyper Local Boston Guide to Friday Nights

My editor says local guides are super popular right now and we should write about local places we love — places other moms might want to visit! So here you go — my guide...

Going Home Again

When I applied to college, now two decades ago, I had to write a series of essays. One posed two quotes — one from the title of a Thomas Wolfe novel, and the other...

Summer Bucket List :: Boston Local!

At the end of every school year, I find myself slightly overwhelmed by the thought of having my children home for three straight months. A few years ago, a wise friend gave me the...

Your Kid Is Not a “Good Kid” (and Neither Is Mine)

I hate it when people tell me I have "such a good kid."  My kid is not a "good kid," and neither is yours. No, they're not bad kids, either. They simply make good and...

Teaching Children About Consent

Content warning: preventing childhood sexual abuse "It's my body, so I get to choose who touches it and when, and if I'm not OK with it, I say NO! But I wanted her to, so...

I Am Terrified of Caring for My Aging Parents

I am terrified of caring for my aging parents.  It feels like being back in the newborn era and being handed a helpless, screaming baby who is now mine to care for. Except now, it's...

What if There Was an HR Department for Motherhood?

I recently started a new job, and as I've been going through all the human resources codes of conduct and procedures, it got me thinking — what would HR have to say about motherhood?  Hi,...

I’ll Tell You What I Want (What I Really, Really Want)

A very loose parody of "Wannabe" by Spice Girls: I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want... If you want to be my partner, it's super sexy if you know our kids' schedules. Details...

My Word for 2022 :: Savor

In each of my three children's most recent parent-teacher conferences, there was one common theme. All three kids were doing very well in school, producing good work. But each teacher — of my three...
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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...