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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Grief never ends for one Chicago mom
September 5, 2013
Melissa Haak faces the harsh realities of grief following a friend's personal tragedy.
Chicago mom ponders 'spoiling' the baby
August 29, 2013
Melissa Haak grew up thinking her parents spoiled the baby of the family and pledged she'd never do that. You can probably guess what is happening right now with her baby.
Chicago mom shares back-to-school tears
August 23, 2013
As schools get back in session, moms and dads throughout the Chicago area are struggling with both excitement and melancholy. Melissa Haak realizes her baby is growing up too quickly.
Pregnancy after miscarriage: How long to wait?
August 15, 2013
An intimate and touching conversation about pregnancy after miscarriage.
Living through a vacation that doesn't go exactly as planned
August 8, 2013
The weather could be better. The baby is sick. The family is grumpy. What's a mom to do to save the family vacation?
Family vacations are definitely worth the trouble
August 1, 2013
Sure it is a ton of work, but making a family vacation a priority is something the kids will remember long after the swimsuits and shorts are packed away.
Are you friends with your siblings?
July 25, 2013
Raising siblings who get along isn't always easy, but starting young and laying the foundation for friendship can help.
Being honest about the baby weight
July 18, 2013
Being a mother is hard on the body. But in order to take care of our kids, we need to take care of ourselves.
Making time for me, mud or no mud
July 11, 2013
In training, and finally running, her first 5K since 2009, Melissa Haak found herself again.
Learning to breathe: How I stopped juggling my tasks as a mom and started enjoying each moment
June 27, 2013
When I start adding more and more scarves to my juggling routine, my own priorities are left out of rotation. And that's not a good example for my kids.