Kristin Flanary

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Kristin met her husband in college at Texas Tech University, and they later moved to New Hampshire, where they earned his-and-hers advanced degrees (complete with matching towels) at Dartmouth. They had their first date on Valentine's Day, got engaged on Valentine's Day three years later, welcomed their first daughter (Charlotte) on Valentine's Day three years after that, and their second daughter (Claire) on Valentine's Day three years after that! Kristin and her family moved to Iowa City in 2014 so her husband could begin his residency at UIHC. She is currently laugh-crying her way through raising a threenager and an infant while simultaneously working full-time at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and juggling the crazy schedule of a resident's wife. Kristin has been a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, and work-outside-the-home mom, so she can officially judge that each scenario is hard and equally wonderful. In her free time, you can find Kristin either taking pictures and learning about photography, reading about how not to screw up her daughters, on her soapbox about women's rights, enjoying a hard-earned glass of wine, or collapsed from exhaustion. Her life is ridiculous and her heart is full.

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Dear Daughter: Why I’m Tired

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Dear Daughter, I’ve seen you noticing lately. My droopy eyes. My hunched shoulders. My long, heavy sighs. You curl up next to me during bedtime snuggles and trace the lines on my forehead with your...

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better | A “He Said/She Said” Guide...

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New parents these days are bombarded with information about raising children. From bottles to breasts, cribs to co-sleeping, and organic homegrown to processed store-bought, the choices and guidelines are endless. My husband and I...

It Takes a Village: Creating Family Bonds from a Distance

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It’s summer in Iowa City, which means it’s time for the annual population turnover. You can see the shift especially well downtown. Every year at the beginning of summer, students head home, and the...

When Breast is Not Best

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If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It…For All of Womankind

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These days, pregnancy is generally accepted as a beautiful thing, but that wasn't always the case. Not too many generations ago, pregnancy was largely kept under wraps. As our grandmothers carried our parents, their...

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In December, I shared a few tips for taking holiday photos, but these tips can really be applied all year long. As moms, we have all sorts of reasons to be taking pictures. Whether...

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