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Stephanie Sprenger
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Stephanie Sprenger juggles the roles of mother, writer, blogger and music therapist with flustered enthusiasm and a distinct lack of grace. She blogs about the imperfect reality of raising two young daughters at Mommy, for Real and female friendship at The HerStories Project. Stephanie can usually be found in front of her computer, behind a guitar or underneath a pile of laundry. She also enjoys practicing yoga whenever she can, mainly to keep her yoga pant collection relevant. Her life goals include writing a few books and perfecting the art of crafting a witty and informative bio. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Raising Brave Daughters

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 6:51 PM

It seemed like a small miracle that my third grade daughter's dance routine was the second act in the two-hour lineup of her school talent show. I let out a sigh of relief when I saw her name so close to the beginning, knowing that we were off the hook...

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The Marriage Happiness Experiment

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:26 AM

Here is a non-news flash for you: Marriage is hard. Some newbies may be a bit bewildered when they realize that committed relationships are not the magic elixir for all that ails you, but long-term couples have likely already come to this sobering realization. Some may shrug with resignation, others fight the...

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New Moms Need Support, Not Advice

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:52 PM

Advice. I'll admit it, it's not my favorite thing to receive as a mom. It generally comes across as smug, self-important, or even malicious, tainted with a twinge of You're going to suffer, and I'm going to love every minute of it! New and expectant mothers are generally presented with...

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I'm Glad Someone Told Me

(51) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 3:58 PM

I recently read a blog post by Jenny Studenroth Gerson titled "They Should've Warned Me." I am all for women sharing their truths. This author shared her truth, a beautiful story of how harmoniously she adjusted to motherhood, how naturally it came to her, how she easily shed her...

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When You Are Hard-Wired for Guilt

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:30 AM

It was New Year's Day, and I stumbled down the stairs at 9:45 a.m., a highly irregular time for me -- a 36-year-old mother of two young girls -- to wake up for the day. However, the previous night had been a little bit more festive than usual, and I...

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The Disappointing Moments of Parenthood

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:41 PM

My husband and I sat on our bed listening to the sounds of whining and screeching emanating from the hallway outside our closed door. I shook my head with disgust. It was a sunny Saturday morning in early fall, the perfect day to spend outdoors doing something fun as a...

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 5:31 PM

One of my most-dreaded holiday traditions has begun. The week of Thanksgiving, my third grader presented her three-year-old sister with a hand-wrapped gift, the contents of which were completely unknown to me. As I watched my three-year-old excitedly unwrap a wrinkled, half-filled coloring book her big sister got two Christmases...

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Why I Won't Be Buying an American Girl Doll This Year

(144) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Last year, when we asked our then-second grader what she wanted for Christmas, her unexpected reply sent a chill up my spine: "I want an American Girl Doll!" I gulped and tried to get ahold of myself.

When I was in elementary school, I loved (and still do) reading....

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Dear Stay-At-Home-Moms: Go Ahead and Complain

(15) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:54 PM

I recently read a very interesting article titled, "Dear Stay at Home Moms: Shut the Eff Up." Let me preface this by saying that I agree with so many of the author's points; her article was extremely well-written and I really like and respect this particular...

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3-Year-Olds Are Amazing. Also, They Sort of Suck.

(35) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:44 PM

I crouched in front of my daughter before leaving for work. "Ekimo kiss," she announced, rubbing her nose back and forth vigorously against mine. "Buffly kiss," she requested, offering her cheek for me to bat my eyelashes against. "We always love each other," she reminded me. I wanted to eat...

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7 Tips for Surviving a Sleepover Party

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Slumber Parties. Pillow Fights. Giggling Girls. Karaoke. KidZ Bop. Friends, I have emerged from the other side of the "First Sleepover Party" experience, and I'd like to share my wisdom with you. You may think, "How hard can it be to have a sleepover birthday party for a bunch of...

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Teaching Our Daughters About Friendship Breakups

(4) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 3:24 PM

It was a Sunday afternoon, and my family had gone out for pizza with some friends. While I was chatting with another mom, my second grade daughter ran up to me, announcing that another friend of ours was at the restaurant with her daughter.

Except that she wasn't my...

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10 Gründe, warum es viel besser war, in den 80ern aufzuwachsen als heute

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Als Nostalgie-Junkie gibt es nichts, was mich mehr zu einem zufriedenen Lächeln verführt als die 1980er. Es gibt so viel Material für nostalgische Reminiszenzen: die wunderbare Musik, die tollen Klamotten, die Filme, die TV-Sendungen. Ja, die 80er waren eine wahre Goldmine. Und ohne Zweifel das beste Jahrzehnt, in dem man...

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10 Reasons Why Being a Kid in the '80s Was the Best

(60) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:36 AM

As a nostalgia junkie, there's just nothing like the 1980s to make me nod my head, smile softly with fondness and do the slow-clap. There is just so much material for reminiscing; the amazing music, memorable fashion, the TV shows, the movies. Yes, the '80s were a goldmine of wonder,...

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The Homemade Parade

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:41 PM

It was a Saturday afternoon in early May, and I was on my way home from a heavenly 90-minute massage. The state of relaxation I enter aprés-massage is so foreign and disorienting that I often struggle with the five-minute drive home. Nonetheless, I drove home as fast as I possibly...

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You Can't Always Poop Where You Want

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 4:34 PM

No one does yearning and desperation like Mick Jagger. After all, he can't get no satisfaction. And neither can a stay-at-home mom who just wants naptime to happen so she can watch the next episode of Orange is the New Black for bleep's sake. We get you, Mick. We so...

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10 Gründe, warum ich beim Thema Erwachsensein völlig versage

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Es gibt einige Dinge, die mich erstaunt haben am Erwachsen werden. Am wenigsten hätte ich gedacht dass ich so unglaublich schlecht darin bin. Ich glaube, dass andere Erwachsene, vor allem andere Eltern, bei diesem Thema nicht so überkritisch sind und sich ständig fühlen, als würden sie sich selbst betrügen. Natürlich...

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10 Ways I Am Failing Adulthood

(12) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:19 PM

There are a number of things that have surprised me about adulthood, but the most unexpected has been the lingering suspicion that I totally suck at it. Surely other adults, particularly fellow parents, don't experience that niggling feeling that they are mere impostors? Sure, we manage to keep our household...

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The Mother's Day Blues

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 10:34 AM

How many of us celebrate Mother's Day by going to a restaurant with our children? Is it just me, or does that concept seem sort of idiotic? I mean, how cherished do you feel when you celebrate your "special" day by attempting to prevent your toddler from squirting ketchup into...

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10 Things That Took A While to Come Back After The Baby Was Born

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:19 PM

I have always considered myself to be a warrior for mommy rights. My personal mantra is, "Mommy is a person, too." So you would naturally assume that after my second baby was born, already being a pro at this motherhood thing, I would dive right back into my old routines...

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