Author Archive | Kristin

15 Reasons to Love "Fall" in San Antonio

15 Reasons to Love “Fall” in San Antonio

September 23 was the first day of fall. Immediately, Starbucks started selling pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween decorations went up, and friends across the country posted Facebook pictures of their kids bundled in sweaters and boots as they traipsed through multicolored forests in search of the perfect pumpkin. Meanwhile, in San Antonio, we bought bigger sizes […]

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In Defense of RBF

In Defense of RBF

Pop quiz! Do any of these apply to you? Has a stranger ever told you to smile? Do your kids ever ask you why you’re mad when you are sitting peacefully? Has anyone ever said, “Wow, you’re actually not as mean as I thought you were before we met”? Does your spouse ever ask you what’s […]

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The 10 People You Meet at the Pool

The 10 People You Meet at the Pool

I can’t imagine summer without the pool. I grew up as a swim team kid, became a lifeguard and a swim lessons instructor, and then gave birth to two water-loving girls. For me, summer smells like chlorine, fake nacho cheese, and the occasional cigarette snuck outside the pool gates by a group of naughty teenagers. […]

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What to Expect When Your Child Gets Tubes

What to Expect When Your Child Gets Tubes

  A few months ago, my youngest daughter’s pediatrician recommended that she see an ENT to determine whether her speech issues were being caused by her hearing. Several tests indicated she had pressure in her ears affecting her hearing, and the ENT recommended that she get tubes. I reacted in a calm and rational way that […]

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Kristin

How Motherhood Changed Me

My body has let me down a lot. As a child, rheumatoid arthritis and a lack of coordination left me unable to succeed at the sports I desperately wanted to play. As a teenager, my small chest, chubby thighs, and big nose left me self-conscious, uncomfortable, and unhappy with myself. In college, an eating disorder […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Body Image

When my oldest daughter was a few months old, she was lying in her infant bouncy chair while I got dressed one day. As I searched for clothes, my eyes inadvertently drew to an image I’d tried to avoid: the reflection of my naked body. Almost instinctively, I turned to the side, looked at my hips […]

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Going Bare Down There

Going Bare Down There: A First-Timer’s Guide to a Brazilian

One winter day in 2003, my friend Chrissy and I sat outside Starbucks on our college campus. “Kristin,” she said, “did you know that some women get Brazilian waxes? They pay someone to wax the hair in their butt-cracks.” “No,” I said, “that can’t possibly be true.” “I swear!” she exclaimed. “Some women who pay […]

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