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: Don’t let social media fool you: Parenting is not picture perfect

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished on the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on March 18, 2021 People don’t post the unflattering pictures on social media. They don’t say the bad, hard stuff in their posts. They share the good stuff, but more importantly, they share the stuff that makes them look good. Social media has created a society… Continue reading Momaha Blog: Don’t let social media fool you: Parenting is not picture perfect

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: We are what we read and so are our kids, so choose wisely

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPublished in the Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on February 11, 2021 Like a lot of people, I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping this past year. Some of it is for things I need. Some of it is for things I want. And some of it I buy strictly because I’ve rarely… Continue reading Momaha Blog: We are what we read and so are our kids, so choose wisely

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: Parenting is hard right now; it’s OK if you’re struggling

By Ashley Strehle HartmanPosted on Omaha World-Herald’s Momaha.com on October 23, 2020 I’ve started and stopped writing this blog at least five times. I’ve typed and deleted hundreds of words. I’ve tried to write amusing things, … Check out the rest of the blog on the Momaha website: https://omaha.com/lifestyles/parenting/parenting-is-hard-right-now-it-s-ok-if-you-re-struggling/article_da59ba6c-9c6d-58c5-b174-4e17edd16746.html