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Jenny Witte
Jenny Witte is the creator of and Mamatoga Magazine, living in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband and three kids. Writing since college, she finds parenting to be the most hilarious experience to write about yet. She strives to make Mamatoga a nonjudgmental place for all parents.

Entries by Jenny Witte

I'm a Battle Picker

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:21 PM

People often ask me what it's like having four kids. After I finish my third cup of very strong coffee, I put the cup down gravely, usually stare off into space from fatigue for a few moments, and then answer thusly, "I pick my own battles." I'm just kidding, of...

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On Breasts

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 6:52 PM

I spent a great deal of my teenage years and early twenties thinking about breasts. Specifically, my breasts and their size. It didn't help things that the majority of my peers seemed focus on breast size as well. My last name, Witte (pronounced like "witty"), was paired up with a...

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What I've Learned From My Mom: In the Middle of Three Generations

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:31 PM

My grandmother, my mother's mother, is in a nursing home right now. She suffered a stroke a few years ago, her husband passed away, and she had to move out of her home and into a place where she could be cared for around the clock. She's halfway across the...

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I'm a Failure, and You Are Too

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:03 PM

I didn't become a mom the way I thought I would. To be honest, even though I read way too many books on the subject and I do have a grasp of just how babies are actually born, I found myself nearing the end of my first pregnancy pestered by...

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Dear Tabloids: Kim Kardashian's Body Didn't Go Anywhere

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:00 PM

When Kimye announced their pregnancy, I have to admit I followed along with a sort of half-interested detachment. Once in a while, I clicked on a link about Kim's pregnancy style (in case you missed it, it included a lot of leather). During her entire pregnancy, though, I'm pretty sure...

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Volunteering When You Need to Just Say No

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Before I started working, I was lucky enough to devote all of my time to taking care of the kids. It didn't matter what time preschool drop-off and pick up time was, because I had my schedule free for them. For class birthdays and picnics I would plan out fun...

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Where's My Glow? When Pregnancy Sucks

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Before the holidays, my husband and I are found out we will be adding a fourth baby to our family. I am due this summer, and I am thrilled, elated, excited, overjoyed -- ecstatic, even. What I also am is exhausted. Completely and utterly, bone-achingly, base level exhausted.

The kind...

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In Defense of My iPhone

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 4:31 PM

If you asked me what my most important material possession was at the moment, I would have to truthfully answer, "My iPhone." It reminds me of appointments (which I try very hard to be on time for), it helps me to keep up with the business I run single-handedly from...

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The Longest and Shortest Minutes of My Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Minutes aren't all equal in my life as a mom. Some minutes are over faster than you can yell at the top of your lungs say "THE BUS IS HERE!" and some drag on, expanding tortuously, defying all logic and wearing at that last frayed nerve that is like an...

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10 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude This Thanksgiving

(6) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 11:35 AM

One of the first things I have taught all three of my children is how to say "please" and "thank you," and even Jack, at 22 months, will say what sort of sounds like "tankoo" when you give him what he wants. Does that mean that he is grateful? Probably...

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That Moment When You Can No Longer Eat in Restaurants With Your Kids

(7) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:09 PM

We have all been there. At first you are enjoying those first sweet months where your baby will sit, maybe even SLEEP, quietly through a meal at a restaurant. "This is so great!" you think. "What were people talking about when they said you'll never go out to eat again?"...

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Mamans: soyez vous-même!

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:40 PM

Il y a de ça bien longtemps, la toute première fois que j'ai laissé mon petit Finn, qui avait 2 ans à l'époque, à la garderie, il m'a immédiatement tourné le dos, fasciné par les trains et les voitures avec lesquels il allait pouvoir jouer. Je suis restée un certain...

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Go Ahead, Be That Mom

(87) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Years ago, the first time I dropped Finn off at 2-year-old preschool at the Y, he happily walked right in and turned his back on me, focusing on the trains and cars to play with. I stayed for a little while, keeping to myself because I didn't know any of...

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Just Say No to Slutoween

(195) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 5:13 PM


The other day as we were driving to soccer practice I turned the radio on for the kids. I usually listen to NPR or 102.7, but this time I switched around the dial until the kids begged me...

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