Kristen D

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
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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...
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Let’s Talk About Periods…

Let's talk periods for just a minute... If you don't have one or don't want to read, feel free to scroll on by. I know it's a bit of a taboo subject, but maybe you,...

Homeschooling Is Bringing Out the Worst Parts of Me

Homeschooling my kids during COVID-19 has been a bit like living with the worst version of myself constantly and inescapably. When my husband and I first started dating, I told him two things: One, I...
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5 Strategies for When You Hit a Parenting Wall

A few months ago, out of the blue, my son hit a rough patch. He became impossible in the morning before school. Rather than talking, he would only meow, squeak, or scream in response...
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It Is Better to Be Defined by Our Kindness than Our Fear

We are better than this, my friends. Fellow moms, we are used to loving selflessly, giving when we don’t think we have anything left, and caring even when we don’t want to. Now is the time for us to lead. Not (just) by how well prepared we are or how well we protect our own families (although both are important), but by how we love our neighbors.
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Setting Goals with Kids During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Be flexible. As we are learning from the current ever-changing news cycle, things change rapidly. Make a schedule — and set goals, because kids need to know what to expect — but be willing to hold it loosely, and adapt to what your kids are communicating. If they're having a blast building Legos, don't move things along to get to "requirements." Don't be so hell-bent on a particular goal that you miss the bigger lesson your kids are learning about kindness and care for others.