Jamie Kenney

Jamie Kenney is basically an amalgam of Marianne Dashwood from Sense & Sensibility, Karen Walker from Will & Grace, and Tom Hagen from The Godfather: a witty, sassy free-spirit who, alas, is just not a wartime consigliere. She has two children, and she talks about them a lot on Facebook, but in a totally charming, not annoying way.
Recent Articles

I Want To Play With My Kids, But Here's Why I Hold Myself Back

It's winter in Connecticut and that means freezing temperatures, frequent snow, and not much playing outside. As a work-from-home mom, I see a lot of my kids, but this time of the year I see a lot of my kids. In fact, as I speak my son is on the couc…
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21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
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9 Reasons Why Weaning Is *Way* Harder Than Breastfeeding

When it was time to wean my children, I was in no way prepared. For so many reasons, weaning is one of the biggest challenges I've experienced as a parent. In fact, personally, I found weaning harder than breastfeeding. That's not to say that breastf…
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10 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Relationship

You know how, even though you were only there for about four years, high school feels like it took up a huge amount of your life? There's a lot going on during those years, and everything that happened then looms large in your memory. The first six m…
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10 Reasons Why The Second Day Of Breastfeeding Is Legit The Hardest

So you've chosen to breastfeed, huh? Good for you! There's no wrong way to feed an infant, and I've tried them all, but, personally, breastfeeding is my favorite. In the grand scheme of things I caught on pretty quickly and didn't have any substantia…
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12 Media Depictions Of Raising A Newborn That Are Totally Wrong

I love TV and movies. Always have and, I assume, always will. As a parent, TV is one of the few hobbies from my pre-parent life I can still regularly indulge in (after bedtime, because kids and HBO dramas are not a good combination). Movies, well, I …
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A Hot Mess Mom's Guide To Surviving Winter

As I sit here at my home office in Connecticut, it's cold. Damn cold. Winter is a rough season in New England and it's even worse when you're a parent and have to manage cooped up, restless children. It's even worse when you're a hot mess as it is, u…
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Sorry, But Valentine's Day Sex Is *Highly* Overrated

I am, admittedly, a Valentine's Day Grinch. But if you're a V-Day fan, don't worry. I'm like the Grinch at the beginning of the book, when he's just sitting all salty on the top of his mountain, wearing tight shoes and unapologetically hating everyth…
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10 Reasons A Feminist Grandma Is The Person Everyone Needs

I love my mom. In fact, I have never met anyone who doesn't love her. She's big-hearted and warm and smart and compassionate. She is also a die-hard feminist. This last point, in particular, fills me with pride (and relief), because I believe that my…
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11 Reasons Why Cool, Child-Free Aunts Are The Best Friends A Mom Can Have

The majority of my closest friends are child-free. Some are on the fence, some know they want them down the line, and others are committed to child-free living for the rest of their days. Now I know there are some moms/parents out there who, after th…
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23 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Moments of Breastfeeding

I spend a lot of my time explaining, defending, and promoting (to those who are so inclined) breastfeeding. It's healthy! It's beautiful! It's a wonderful way to feed your child on the cheap! But it's also a body function, and while bodies are wonder…
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35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
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18 Moms Reveal The Most Disgusting Things About C-Section Recovery

A part of me feels a little bad for asking moms an intrusive question like, "What were the most disgusting things about C-section recovery?" I mean, I know C-sections scare a lot of moms-to-be, or women who think that perhaps, one day, they'd like to…
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10 Things The First 6 Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Sense Of Humor

You read a lot about what the early days of motherhood is like. It's challenging. It's satisfying. It's soul-crushing. It's sublime. It's work. It's worth it. It's all true, and I think it's important to discuss all the different ways we can experien…
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Stop Telling Me I'll "Hate" Having A Teenage Daughter

It's amazing how fast kids grow up. They're like rapidly evolving aliens that go from clueless, adorable blobs to cunning, agile creatures in the blink of an eye. But every now and then I hear about this phenomenon that unsettles me, and it usually c…
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10 Things All Moms Who Used A Midwife Know To Be True

I wouldn't have necessarily predicted that I would have a midwife deliver my children. Even after I had my first (with an OB-GYN), I wasn't hellbent on seeking out "alternative care." But when I found myself pregnant, in another state, and searching …
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10 Reasons Why Being Pregnant In February Is Actually The Best

Last February I wrote a short treatise on why being pregnant in February is the worst. As that article made the rounds and people pitched in their two cents, I began to see arguments as to why maybe it's not all that bad. While I stand by my original…
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My Daughter Is Beautiful & I'm Scared Sh*tless

I know how this sounds. If I saw it myself, I'd assume it was a humblebrag. "OMG! My daughter is so beautiful. She's like, too pretty maybe? Like, just so beautiful. Everyone is always telling me how pretty she is and I'm like 'Ugh!' OMG stop. I hate…
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7 Things You Should *Never* Feel Guilty For When You're A SAHM

In Fear of Flying, Erica Jong said, “Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man.” While we can argue whether women themselves are entirely, or even predominantly, responsible for constantly feeling guilty, I see so much truth in …
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The 5 Zodiac Signs Make The Best Mom BFFs

Every mom needs a solid mom friend. It's not that we should only hang out with other moms, but it's good to have someone who's on the same page as you parentally. Someone who knows what it's like to run on four hours of sleep because the baby has a e…
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