Momaha Blog: Modern parenting is very focused on numbers and it didn’t add up for me

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on May 6, 2021 When I was 9 years old, I was the queen of multiplication at Field Elementary School. I rocked those times tables like you wouldn’t believe. Our third-grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, would give us worksheets with multiplication problems and we’d have to do… Continue reading Momaha Blog: Modern parenting is very focused on numbers and it didn’t add up for me

Momaha Blog: Becoming a parent changed my definition of being productive

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on April 1, 2021 I meant to sit down and write this blog sooner, but I didn’t. Instead, I did some of the other things that I also meant to do sooner but didn’t. Parenting messes with your productivity and expectations like that. The things you… Continue reading Momaha Blog: Becoming a parent changed my definition of being productive

Momaha Blog: On National Laundry Day, this mom admits one of her greatest secrets

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on April 15, 2021 I hold a lot of unpopular opinions. I like restaurant food better than homemade. I’ll always choose beer over wine, and when they make a movie adaption of a book, I almost always prefer the movie. But today — National Laundry Day — feels… Continue reading Momaha Blog: On National Laundry Day, this mom admits one of her greatest secrets

Momaha Blog: Parenthood is scary, but it’s worth it

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished by on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on March 4, 2021 Parenting is awe-inspiring, gratifying and life changing. It is also terrifying. When I was first handed my tiny, helpless bundle of joy in the hospital, keeping her safe, happy and healthy seemed frightening and impossible. It seems even more frightening and… Continue reading Momaha Blog: Parenthood is scary, but it’s worth it

Momaha Blog: “Mean Girls” taught me that I don’t want to be a cool mom

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished by the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on February 4, 2021 Iam not a cool person. I have never been a cool person, and I certainly do not plan on becoming one now. This works out just fine because I never wanted to be a cool mom anyway. There are lot of ways… Continue reading Momaha Blog: “Mean Girls” taught me that I don’t want to be a cool mom

Momaha Blog: 3 things we don’t tell new parents, but probably should

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished by the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on January 21, 2021 People don’t seem to know what to say to expecting parents. Though parenting has been around since, well, forever, and a lot of people do it, it still seems like we don’t have the right vocabulary to talk about it. When I… Continue reading Momaha Blog: 3 things we don’t tell new parents, but probably should

Momaha Blog: I don’t want my daughter to be ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished by the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on Jan. 7, 2021 From the very beginning, we seem to set the bar a bit higher for girls. The old adages make our standards clear: “boys will be boys,” while girls should be “sugar and spice and everything nice.” While boys are free to make… Continue reading Momaha Blog: I don’t want my daughter to be ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’

Momaha Blog: This holiday season, please don’t ask people when they are going to have kids

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on December 17, 2020 Like most children who want to be writers when they grow up, I loved Harriet the Spy. As a curious child who spent hours filling her notebooks with stories, Harriet M. Welsch immediately appealed to me. I related to her desire to… Continue reading Momaha Blog: This holiday season, please don’t ask people when they are going to have kids

Momaha Blog: Putting things in perspective makes me a more grateful parent

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World Herald’s Momaha.com on Dec. 3, 2020 I’ll be honest with you: parenting is harder than I thought it would be. Granted, I’ve only been a parent during a pandemic, so I’ve been unable to rely on the support I would have had in other parenting situations. But… Continue reading Momaha Blog: Putting things in perspective makes me a more grateful parent

Momaha Blog: Friendships while parenting should be based on quality, not quantity

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on Nov. 19 2020 I grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, before the concept of “screen time” was really a thing. Or, rather, before anyone paid that much attention to it anyway. And thank God for that because growing up, I learned some… Continue reading Momaha Blog: Friendships while parenting should be based on quality, not quantity