Forget the tissues, grab a bucket.

A man wipes a tear from his face.
A man wipes a tear from his face.
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Need a good cry?

These 6 tearjerker songs about parenthood will have you blubbering like a newborn, then gazing at your “baby” — no matter how big or small.

For an extra tear-jerking spin, watch the videos, too.

Because all parents could use a good, healthy cry.

Seriously, The journal Scientific Reports discovered crying to music makes you feel better.

So crank up the tunes, grab a tissue (or a bucket), and listen to these tearjerker songs about kiddos growing up.

6 Tearjerker Songs about Parenthood

“Where are you going, my little one, little one?

Where are you going, my baby, my own?

Turn around and you’re two, turn around and you’re four. …


The tough times taught me how the ultimate beauty lies in the mundane.

A woman sits within the rays of a sunset.
A woman sits within the rays of a sunset.
Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

I have always prided myself on my ability to practice gratitude.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve thanked the Lord for my blessings on the majority of my days.

Still, even as someone who continuously reminds themselves of their blessings, I admit, I take so much for granted.

Due to the state of our world, I’ve been reflecting on which moments in my life have impacted my gratitude the most.

Ironically, I found the key moments in my life that truly reflected my gratefulness are also my worst. …


Mom of two, freelance writer, peanut butter lover.

A picture of the author that has been rendered as a painting.
A picture of the author that has been rendered as a painting.
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Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.”

Wally Lamb

Hey there! I’m Amanda — mom of two, freelance writer, and peanut butter lover, but let’s start from the VERY beginning.

I was born (and raised) in a teeny Southern Vermont town where my parents owned the only grocery store. I began “working” there when I was 7 — bagging bagels counts! I eventually ran a register, baked, stocked shelves, and rocked customer service.

While in Vermont, I got into sports and was a tri-varsity athlete in basketball, soccer, and softball for all four years of high school. Growing up, my two main passions were writing and soccer, which are more interconnected than you may think. …


How our daily commute sheds light on the metaphors of wind

A young boy pokes his head out of a car window.
A young boy pokes his head out of a car window.
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“If the wind brushes against you, do not complain; it brushes against everyone.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

“Can I feel the wind on my face for a minute, mommy?” My sweet, 5-year old asks every morning — on our half-hour commute.

“Yes, honey, of course, you can,” I always say as I roll down the window, glance at the rearview mirror, and watch my boy close his eyes and smile. His rusty brown hair flows in all directions.

This is one of my favorite daily occurrences.

These days, when venturing in public resembles a dystopian novel, political flags appear everywhere, and contention remains thick; a simple moment, when my son asks, “Mommy can I feel the wind for a few minutes?”


Trying to make sense of our political world.

A girl takes duct tape off of her mouth.
A girl takes duct tape off of her mouth.
Photo by Maria Krisanova on Unsplash

I’ve been a people pleaser since I can remember, and for most of my life when it came to controversial conversations, I’d shy away or stay silent. Some close friends never even knew my political affiliation.

Controversy has never been my thing.

Then I became an official writer, and life spilled on the page.

For someone known for shying away from conflict — exposing my innermost opinions and thoughts to the world was terrifying.

But I did it, and in the last three years, I’ve tackled sensitive subjects on parenting, gender inequality, education, and more.

I’ve come a long way and learned that I can’t please everyone. In fact, I never could, so I might as well say what’s on my mind with the underlying effort of staying kind. In other words, live the motto “To thy own self be true” without being a tool. …


Because these days, we need reminders more than ever.

A woman holds a paper-shaped heart.
A woman holds a paper-shaped heart.
Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Amid a worldwide pandemic and political upheaval, kindness is more important than ever.

Although we can’t always control what’s going on around us, we can control our reactions and behaviors. And we CAN do our best to promote good.

During these turbulent times, kindness quotes raise my spirits. So, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 9 uplifting quotes that remind me that kindness matters.

Here’s to leaving a positive impact on our world!

1. “You can always give something. Even if it is only kindness.” Anne Frank

Anne Frank, the inspirational Jewish teenager who recorded her experience in a diary while hiding from the Nazis, never gave up hope on humanity. …


Finding creativity in even the most unexpected places.

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Photo by Tanika on Unsplash

This evening,
I heard a cricket
chirping in the closet
and immediately loved the way that sounds,

a cricket chirping in the closet

then knew I had to write a poem.
So that’s where I am,
with no specific direction at all,
only a beginning.

And it’s moments like these
when I ask myself:
what compels me to write?
Or why did I automatically think up a poem
when I heard a cricket chirping in the closet?

I liked the sounds, as well as the thought,
of a cricket’s high pitched voice
gathering momentum throughout the night.

It was random and humorous
and the experience memorable.
A conversation piece, a chunk of laugher.
That’s why I thought it would make a good poem. …


Acknowledging and addressing my pandemic burnout

A woman in a mask types on a laptop.
A woman in a mask types on a laptop.
Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

I admit it. I’m in a writing funk.

The smelly underwear kind of funk. The funk that sticks to your bones and makes your head spin kind of funk.

Somehow I’ve managed to meet due dates and deliver decent work, but I am most definitely in a writing funk.

I freelance for a living. I am so blessed to be able to do this. I know, I know, but for the last few weeks, my mind has resembled rotten jello, and it turns out I’m not alone.

According to a recent Clutch report that surveyed 300 American workers, 40 percent feel less productive during the pandemic. …


(The Power of Chance)

A man and woman kiss by a sunset.
A man and woman kiss by a sunset.
Photo byAzrul Aziz on Unsplash

Life reveals multiple paths
of roads taken and not taken

exploding with
divots and curves

staircases and cliffs
hills and peaks

The divergences cascade all around us.

In the mountains of Vermont, two soul seekers rose above the ashes to take a chance on love.

They clenched hands, steadied feet, then emerged through heavy debris
into the light.

And after painstakingly adjusting their eyes to the sun, they paused and basked in mutual recognition.

On that transformational day, these two extinguished the odds and promised to create alternative paths

that now resemble the roots of tangled white birch trees reaching towards the sky. …

About

Amanda Clark-Rudolph

Amanda is a work at home mama who contributes to various magazines and blogs. Contact her at writeonfreelancingllc@gmail.com for interview or blog articles.

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