Author Archive | Alisa Sleep


A Letter to My Baby As She Starts Kindergarten

Dear Sweet Baby Girl,  Okay, so maybe you aren’t quite a baby any more. Every time I blink – you get bigger. And every time I pause for a moment, you are using bigger words (like loquacious… what?!) and learning empathy and doing math and solving problems. So, while I know you aren’t technically a […]

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The Benefit of Disappointment & 7 Ways to Respond to It

dis·ap·point·ment disəˈpointmənt/ noun 1. the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. “to her disappointment, she was given a yellow spoon instead of a pink one” synonyms: sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow   a person, event, or thing that causes disappointment. plural noun: disappointments “the job proved a disappointment” […]

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What I Want My Kids to Know About Life

“There are going to be times when people aren’t always nice to you.” The words flowed out of my mouth matter of factly and without much pre-thought. My four year olds face crumpled up and she looked at me with watery eyes. “What do you mean, Mom? WHO won’t be nice?” Oh, to be four […]

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Love Like a Mother

Lately I’ve been viewing the world through jaded eyes. I’ve been feeling at a loss about all the events going on in our country. I’ve been completely and utterly bewildered by the fact that racism could still possibly exist in the 21st century. I’m shocked that anyone would ever want to shoot a police officer. […]

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My Plea for Less Sanctimony & More Love

I woke up today to more sad news. I could literally feel my heart breaking in two while I read the news of an alligator attacking a 2 year old child. I hugged my kiddos tightly and thanked God for their innocence and for another day on earth with the three little ones who make […]

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20 Holiday Traditions for Kids

Do you remember that magical feeling that you got as a child? That feeling that overtook you at the mere mention of Christmas? The anticipation of all the fun leading up to the big day and the countdown?! Every morning my sisters and I would rush out of bed and open a piece of chocolate […]

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The Day We Were Followed

It was a beautiful, crisp fall morning here in Madison… quite possibly the last beautiful day until March! I had a list with about a million things to do so I sent my kids to the park with our nanny. I work from home, so I have a nanny who comes by a couple days a […]

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When Your Hands Are Full

I stand and hold my baby girl while we wait to see our pediatrician, my baby boy calmly sits and curiously watches as my toddler plays with the toys. In this rare moment I actually feel like I have it all together and things are surprisingly under control. Then a sweet, older woman from across the waiting room […]

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