Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels. She chronicles the sticky bits of motherhood at Peanut Butter in my Hair.
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Note to relatives: Stop Christmas Expectation Syndrome
December 12, 2013
The holidays with small kids are made especially tough when relatives pile on the guilt trip. Melissa Haak pleads,Just stop!
Call me in five years: Great moms make terrible friends
December 5, 2013
Melissa works hard at being a great mom. Unfortunately that means that maintaining friendships isn't at the top of her list of priorities. Call her in five years when her kids are older.
Chicago mom: My world revolves around my kids and I'm OK with that
November 14, 2013
We are our kids' main influence for only a short number of years. Melissa says there's nothing wrong with making them the center of our world during that time.
Chicago mom: Motherhood is a little give and take
November 7, 2013
Motherhood can break you, but when it does, it's also the only thing that can put you back together again.
Chicago mom asks: Are chaotic lives the new normal?
October 31, 2013
Melissa is on a mission to take back her family, one slow step at a time.
My big, fat 'F': A Chicago mom's lesson in being OK with being different
October 24, 2013
Melissa Haak dealt with feelings of being different as a child, and thought she had put them all behind her. But when her son faced the same issue, she was forced to help him embrace change - which turned into a lesson for both of them.
Chicago mom: Mommy brain isn't all funny and forgetful moments
October 17, 2013
Forgetful and scatterbrained moments aside, mommy brain has had one positive effect on Melissa Haak: It's made her a better mom.
Chicago mom rejoices in special moments with her kids
October 10, 2013
Melissa Haak's mom had to sit on the sidelines watching her kids enjoy life due to scoliosis. Now a mom herself, Melissa especially embraces the everyday special moments being active with her kids.
Just let the kids play, Chicago mom says
September 30, 2013
Should little boys be forced to play with baby dolls and little girls with trucks and trains? Melissa Haak believes gender neutral toys are one marketing ploy parents need to ignore.
Chicago mom teaches kids to handle their emotions through yoga
September 19, 2013
When tantrums were so bad her daughter threw up, Melissa Haak knew she had to do something to help her kids better handle their emotions. Yoga is working for her family.