Angie Grace

Writer from Chicago, living in Los Angeles! Mom of 4- including twins

My Husband Takes Halloween "Recovery" Days, But Is Too Busy To Help With School Stuff

I am married to a devoted dad, but here's a scenario that is too familiar to many moms: recently, I sent my husband to our daughters' school to pick all three of them up early — a job that usually sits with me, as the one with the more flexible work…
By Angie Grace

I Skipped Back-to-School Night At My Kids' School, & I Didn't Burst Into Flames

I have three daughters in the same school, 9-year-old twins and an 11 year old, in the 4th and 6th grade, respectively. They go to a public charter school that centers around the arts and arts-based projects. I’m very grateful that they get to go to…
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We Are A Family of 6 & This is How Much We Spent On Our Twins' 9th Birthday

Raising a child supposedly costs you a quarter of a million dollars, but it can honestly be more daunting to face the idea of spending $80 on bottle nipples in a single month. Expense Report gives us a look into the spending, scrimping, and wishing…
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I Was Trapped In An Elevator With My Baby, & It Was Traumatic

Last week, I lived out every mom's nightmare when I got stuck in an elevator with my toddler on a 95-degree day in Los Angeles. I've always been afraid of elevators — it's an enclosed space, I worry the doors won't open, insert your specific fear…
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My Husband Refuses to Befriend The Local Dads & It's An Issue

When I need advice or support about parenting, I go to my husband. When he's not there or doesn't understand, the person I tend to go to next is one of my mom friends. When my husband needs someone to talk to, he has no one. It's not that my he…
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Yes, You Can Be Lonely With A Newborn

I spent my teen years babysitting, but when I had my first daughter, I felt completely thrown. My husband took a few days off after the birth of our daughter, Anneka, and that helped a great deal, but once he was back at work, I questioned myself.…
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I'm A Walking Mom Stereotype, & I'm Living For It

Let's face it, a lot of the stereotypes about moms are rooted in fact. On TV, the mom is always rushing with messy hair, dropping her car keys in the toaster, and forgetting something crucial, like her second-last born. (SAME!) Her house is messy,…
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The Royal Wedding Was A Lot Like My Own Black Wedding

The entire world went to church on Saturday, at least those who tuned in to see Prince Harry wed black American former actress Meghan Markle. From the black sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, to the choir singing "Stand by Me," a song by Ben E. King,…
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This Photo Says Everything About What Meghan's Marriage Means To Parents Of Color

I've always been totally into the mystique of the royal family. Growing up in the United States, the idea of having real royals "ruling" over the people intrigued me (hey, at least it was more honest than America's invisible aristocracy). Diana,…
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I'm a Mom of 4 & This is How I Best-Life Mother's Day

I cry every single Mother's Day. Not because I'm unhappy, but because I'm a mom, and for every child you have, you gain an additional tank of tears — I have four children, so all you have to do is give me a hand-made card and it will immediately…
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I'll Say It: Having Kids Gave My Life A Purpose

I started having kids young. Not teen-mom young, but I guess young by today's standards. I didn't have a great career established, other than a few acting roles I'd done in high school and college. I got engaged at 22, married at 23 and had my first…
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We Need Family Bathrooms More Than We Need Changing Tables In Men's Rooms

Shopping with four children is never easy. I have three pre-teen daughters and a toddler boy. The girls are pretty self-sufficient in the bathroom, but of course I never really send them in by themselves. In this day and age, and with my paranoia, I…
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Babies "R" Us Is Closing, & Tears Are Appropriate

It's the end of an era. When Toys "R" Us announced that they would be liquidating and closing all of its U.S. stores, the outcry from my kids was loud. Where would we go to get new toys? Where will we go to be in the physical world? And what about…
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This Genius "Sleep Companion" Doll FINALLY Got My Toddler To Sleep Through His Naps

My son has had his sleep issues. At 10 months, he was sleeping through the night, and rarely waking up in the wee hours. He would have a bottle, then get his teeth brushed, and then I would rock him to sleep in a dark room with classical music…
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Why We Shouldn't Call Girls "Tomboys"

Growing up, I was called a tomboy a lot. I typically wore jeans, an oversized t-shirt and sneakers. I didn't wear jewelry or makeup and I was more interested in basketball than doing my hair. Not because I played basketball, but because I liked…
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I Lived In Target With My Kids For A Day, & It Really Is The Best Place On Earth

We have all dreamed about being alone in a department store overnight, tell me I'm wrong. It was the plot of The Greatest Store On Earth, A Mom For Christmas (sort of), Mannequin (more loosely), and at least one teen novel. The possibilities for…
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My Baby Got Hurt (& I Still Haven't Forgiven Myself)

We are playing on the bed with our 9-month-old son. It's not terribly rambunctious, more of a winding-down. Kisses and cuddles, and Kai laying his head on me as if he's about to go to sleep. Our other kids have gone to bed, and it's just me and my…
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When You Tell A New Mom To "Sleep When the Baby Sleeps," Here's What You're Really Saying

I can't tell you how many times I heard "sleep when the baby sleeps" after giving birth to my son. This koan of wisdom came from everyone: my friends, my mom, my husband. Yes, you should definitely sleep when you get the chance, because taking care…
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I Let My Son Nap In His Car Seat All The Time, Because I Had No Clue How Dangerous It Was

"Never wake a sleeping baby." In the dark ages of the early 2010s, that was our approach when our three elder daughters fell asleep. And they nodded off everywhere: their swing, the highchair, their bouncy seats, and of course, their car seats. It…
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I Went On A Cleaning Strike & I Have Some Advice For You

If your kid is still little, I imagine you're still feeling optimistic about fighting toy creep. Likely, you still think that the burgeoning toy collection isn't anything that can't be fixed by a trip to the Container Store. Let me give you a…
By Angie Grace