Mommy, For Real http://www.stephaniesprenger.com A candid glimpse at the imperfect reality of surviving the daily grind with kids. Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:41:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 45105522 How to Have a Great Time at Disneyland With Kids (Without the Stress!) http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/09/06/how-to-have-a-great-time-at-disneyland-with-kids-without-stress/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/09/06/how-to-have-a-great-time-at-disneyland-with-kids-without-stress/#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:37:59 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5480 Want to have a great time at Disneyland with your kids? With a little knowledge and some planning, you can have a stress-free Disney vacation.

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Summer Vacation: Pictured/Not Pictured http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/08/20/summer-vacation-picturednot-pictured/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/08/20/summer-vacation-picturednot-pictured/#comments Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:00:32 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5429 If you know me or have read any of my previous summer posts, you know that I LOVE summer. For real. But that doesn’t mean that my summer isn’t filled with moments that are memorable for um, not-so-magical reasons. Because, kids. So, shout-out to the old school “Pictured/Not Pictured” social media bit with a special […]

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What My 95-Year-Old Grandma Taught Me About Compassionate Parenting http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/08/16/95-year-old-grandma-taught-compassionate-parenting/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/08/16/95-year-old-grandma-taught-compassionate-parenting/#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:00:36 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5437 I sat on the floor of my grandma’s independent living apartment, playing cards with my mom and one of my daughters. It was Day 9 of our trip back home to the Midwest to visit my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother, and my other daughter had already melted down due to a collapsed domino […]

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Ten Reasons I F!!!ing Love Summer http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/07/11/ten-reasons-fing-love-summer/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/07/11/ten-reasons-fing-love-summer/#comments Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:45:20 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5363 People: There are only FIVE MORE WEEKS of summer vacation where I live. For some, this may be a proclamation of impending freedom and relief, but not me. I am not even close to being tired of summer. I am a happier person in the summer. Like, significantly happier. And because I feel so happy, […]

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I Don’t Think Your Crappy Day is Funny http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/06/28/dont-think-crappy-day-funny/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/06/28/dont-think-crappy-day-funny/#comments Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:30:04 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5351 Hey, friend. So you had a terrible day with your kids, huh? You know you should be laughing about it and coming up with witty hashtags to describe the multitude of irritations comprising your day, but you can’t. You’re pissed. You’re disappointed. And per the motherhood usual, you feel guilty about those feelings, thus completing […]

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It’s True: I Actually Want to Spend Every Day This Summer With My Kids (At Least Right Now . . .) http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/31/true-actually-want-spend-every-day-summer-kids-least-now/ Wed, 31 May 2017 23:00:03 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5312 Summer vacation is here, and I’m not ashamed to say that I am ridiculously excited about it. I know for some parents it feels like a prison sentence, but for me it feels like freedom. The last month of the school year, I nervously observed the wheels loosening on our “we-have-our-shit-together” wagon until the last […]

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I Thought I Would “Just Know” When I Was Done Having Kids http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/14/thought-just-know-done-kids/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/14/thought-just-know-done-kids/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 03:13:06 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5299 One of my most popular posts is called “I Can’t Decide If I Want To Have Another Baby,” written over two years ago. I think the reason it gets so much traffic is because people stumble upon it when they are typing that exact sentence into a search engine. People find it because they too […]

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Behind The Scenes of Mother’s Day http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/09/behind-scenes-mothers-day/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/09/behind-scenes-mothers-day/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 23:00:40 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5284 Just over a week ago, I was honored to co-produce the 5th season of Listen To Your Mother Boulder. I was a cast member in LTYM Denver 2013, and LTYM Boulder 2015, but this was my second year producing the show with my fantastic co-pilot Ellen Nordberg. Producing a show is exhilarating, rewarding, magical, and […]

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When Your Tween Wants a Phone . . . http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/03/tween-wants-phone/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/05/03/tween-wants-phone/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 22:36:37 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5273 I love having a fifth grader. My daughter is fun and smart and savvy and actually helpful (I know, it will happen for you, too, toddler mama!) to me quite often. But there are some crazy challenges about raising a ten-(almost eleven) year-old girl. First of all, “Growing and Changing” is fully underway. This is […]

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Grateful, Not Blessed http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/04/13/grateful-not-blessed/ http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/2017/04/13/grateful-not-blessed/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:07:04 +0000 http://www.stephaniesprenger.com/?p=5249 I have a confession: I seriously dislike the word “blessed.” Which is unfortunate, because it shows up in my Facebook newsfeed like eighty times a day. “Having a blessed birthday.” “So blessed to have a job that I love.” “Super blessed to be enjoying this family reunion on a yacht in the south of France.” […]

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