Courtney Branson

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Should Toddlers Have Time-out?

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My two-year daughter is kind, thoughtful, curious, and sometimes in the wrong. She's smack dab in the middle of this stage where she's got big feelings + opinions but is struggling to share them...
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I Am the Breadwinner

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Gender roles were fairly standard in my childhood home. My dad worked full-time, while my mom worked part-time + did the lion’s share of housework. (Although, my dad would never dream of letting her...
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12 Ideas for Making Memories This Spring Break

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Growing up in a “party of six” family meant sneaking away for Spring Break was no easy feat. So before it was even cool my dad invented the staycation. It took some creative vibes...
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The First Day of Daycare Is the Hardest, Right?

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The first day is the hardest. This phrase was said to me again and again as I prepared to transition back to work after months of maternity leave. Not only was I nervous about...

Playdates Aren’t My Jam

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Truth time, playdates make me anxious. This is not a new development. Playdates have been giving me anxiety since about 1992. My childhood conjures up memories of laying on my bed listening to 90s...
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Raising My Daughter in a Time’s Up World

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On January 1st, 2018, I woke up to Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram post - Time’s Up. I’ve followed Reese’s career since watching The Man in the Moon on VHS in the early 90s. So much...
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A Day in the Life of a Working Mom

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Some of my first memories are sitting on the floor of my mom’s office begging for candy. She worked as a secretary in the late-80s. Skip ahead a few years and a few more...
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50 Things You’ll Understand If You’re an Austin Mom

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Confession, I’m an Austin transplant, originally from the idyllic town of Coppell, Texas just north of Dallas. After two decades of plotting my escape, I got my opportunity to become an Austinite in 2013....
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We Didn’t Sleep Train

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We didn’t sleep train. Spoiler alert, our daughter sleeps just fine. With all things parenting, I believe it’s important to do what’s best for your child and family. There’s no one-size fits all and...
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We Don’t Go Out Much

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My childhood was storybooks, music, and daydreaming. Growing up in a big family, it was quite the ado to get us all moving to the same place. Instead, I spend time alone with my...