Katie Alicea

Katie lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Tony, and their two boys Isaac (4) and Noah (2). Tony works as a Business Analyst for an energy company and Katie works as a writer for a non-profit. Their oldest son, Isaac, loves to build things out of anything he can find, read books, and meet new people. Noah loves cars and anything that is big, metal, and makes loud sounds.

The Holiday Tradition That Teaches Kids To Be Kind & Generous

I was talking to a friend a few days ago about how difficult it can be to teach our children to be kind, generous, and thankful. Children aren’t born knowing how to share or empathize with others, so the only way for them to learn is for caregivers,…
By Katie Alicea

It Took 3.5 Years To Get A Proper Diagnosis For My Son's Behavioral Needs

My son was 18 months old when I took him to the pediatrician with concerns of his abnormal behavior. I felt like he was much more difficult than any of the other kids his age, but his intellect was far beyond theirs as well. The doctor told me that…
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Yes, I'm The Mom Crying In The Baby Aisle At Target

As I stood in the baby section of Target, staring at the baby bottles and nipples, tears overflowed from eyes already burning with exhaustion. This was my third trip in as many days, and my newborn son, who I had recently decided to stop…
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Checking Into The E.R. Was The Only Way I Could Get The Help I Needed For My Severe Postpartum Depression

Shortly after the birth of my second child, I found myself sitting in an overcrowded emergency room at the largest hospital in Charlotte, N.C., waiting to be admitted to the psychiatric ward. Earlier that morning, I paged my midwife to tell her…
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I'm Raising My Sons So They'll Never Be "Confused" About Where The Sexual Assault Line Is

CW: This essay discusses sexual and physical assault. When I was in the 8th grade, my “boyfriend” at the time, who was a football player, stole a pair of my worn underwear and passed them around the whole football team only to have one of them hand…
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Can We Talk About Church-Mom Culture?

After I became a mother five years ago, it became really hard to feel like I fit in at church. Church-mom culture (CMC) is a very active subculture that pervades churches world-wide. Being a part of CMC basically takes the mom-guilt most of us…
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You Don't Need To Worry About My Son & His Wonder Woman Backpack — Here's How His First Day Of School Went

When I shared our story a few weeks ago about purchasing a Wonder Woman backpack for my 5-year-old son, Isaac, I never expected that Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, would read our story and share it. But she did and it was amazing. "I hope Issac…
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I Love That My Son Chose A "Girly" Backpack But I'm Nervous For His First Day Of School

Most parents believe in supporting their children's interests and in breaking down gender stereotypes, but one mother sees how hard it can be to go against the grain. My 5-year-old, Isaac, is very excited to be starting kindergarten in a few weeks.…
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I Asked My 4-Year-Old Son Why He Hates Daycare. His Answer Was Heartbreaking.

Last night my 4-year-old, Isaac, told me he hated his skin color. Two weeks ago, my boys started full-time daycare after being home with a nanny. I knew there would likely be a tough time of adjustment, but Isaac seemed to be acting out in…
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