Kendra

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Aside from being a writer, Kendra is a Birth Trauma Doula at KarysMa Birth, where she helps moms find their joy after birth trauma. A former middle school English and theatre teacher, she has an insatiable love for learning and a flair for the dramatic. Among the best moments of her life, she counts marrying her husband Steve during a dream rainbow wedding, planning a princess picnic on the beach with her eight year old daughter Karys, giving birth to her one year old daughter Saryn in the middle of a blizzard, and sitting on stage with Glennon Doyle. A Navy brat for the first 13 years of her life, Kendra settled in Virginia for eighteen years before she was finally ready to move again, relocating to Portland in 2014. You can find her work on Portland Moms Blog, The La Leche League Blog, and The Not Your Average Mom Project, as well as the hard drive of her computer.
Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning, Portland Style

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The last couple of weeks have given Portlanders hope that spring will in fact return, and the days of unpredictable gray skies, ice storms, and bone-chilling cold are almost over. The crocuses reach their...
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Why I’m a Proud PTA Parent

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There are few titles more maligned in mom circles than the “PTA mom.” Like “soccer mom,” the name is often said with a sneer. In the song, the “Harper Valley PTA” proves to be...
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Motherhood Milestones No One Mentions

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From the moment most of us find out our children are coming, we start tracking milestones. From how our fetus’s size compares to a piece of fruit to what to expect from our newly...
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What TV Gets Wrong About Motherhood

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The long rains and short days have set in, and I’ve settled in for winter hibernation. Well, I guess it’s not exactly hibernation, but I’m definitely spending more time inside than I do doing...
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Particularly Portland: 10 Places for Rainy Day Play

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In the heat of summer there's plenty of particularly Portland playgrounds to hit up, and it can be easy to forget we live in the Pacific Northwest. But fall means rain, reminding us that...
September Guide

September Guide to Family-Friendly Fun in Portland

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Summer’s almost over, and school is back in full swing this week and next all over Portland. But there’s still lots of family-friendly fun to be had in the metro area in September. Check...
Play Fair

Toys for Kids AND Moms: Play Fair PDX Review

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If you’ve ever watched a group of kids gathered around a pile of birthday gifts, you know exactly how my kids’ faces looked when Play Fair PDX's Play Box arrived on our front porch....
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This Year I’ll Do Summer Better!

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I say it every year. Whether I’m staying at home with my kids for the summer or trying to find childcare so I can work, every year I feel like summer sneaks up on...
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PMB Kids Takeover: Every Mother is the Best Mom for Her Child

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I am Karys, and I am taking over my mom’s post this month for Mother's Day. Each and every child loves their mom more than any other mother on earth, which proves that, technically,...
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What C-Section Moms Need

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April is Cesarean Awareness Month, which gives me the opportunity to reflect back on my Cesarean birth and what I needed after. I don’t claim to speak for every mom who has given birth by...