Crady is a native Memphian, but she left for twelve years only to return at the end of June 2016. She is wife to Brad, who is a pediatrician in the ER at LeBonheur. Together, they have three children: Cooper (August 2010), Semmes (March 2013), and Katherine Cobb (September 2016). Cooper has special needs, so she is constantly balancing being a special needs mom and a typical mom. She lives with her family in Central Gardens, where she spends her days wrangling children and trying to limit screen time. She loves vacations, book clubs, dinners with friends, and a hoppy IPA at the end of the day. She hates kids’ TV shows, people who park in handicap spots when they aren’t handicapped, and tomatoes.

Hey Empty Nesters, Stop Saying my Feelings aren’t Valid

I've been a parent now for almost eight years. So I have received eight years of (mostly unsolicited) parenting advice. You know what I'm talking about. The "nice" old ladies in the grocery store...

Best Friends

In my family growing up, there were three girls and one boy (and he was the youngest; poor kid). My husband grew up with a twin brother. Watching my husband and his brother interact...

Teaching Kids about Diversity through Children’s Books

The AAP recommends that parents read books to their kids from BIRTH through **at least** Kindergarten. Evidence has shown, time and again, that children who are read to, especially at that young age, experience...

Cooper is “Retarded”

Yep, you read that correctly.  Since my seven-year-old son's IQ is below 70, he would've been classified, at least until September of 2013 when the Social Security Administration officially got rid of the term,...

Non Restaurant Valentine’s Dates

Ah Valentine's Day. I have a love/hate relationship with the greeting card invented holiday. On the one hand, I love that there is a holiday devoted to love and relationships. On the other hand,...

A “Rational” Solution for Tantrums

I read on the internet one day a very scientificy article about how toddlers and pre-schoolers can't use the "rational" part of their brain at the same time as the "emotional" part of their...

Life of a Special Needs Mom: Mom Guilt

We went to a brunch on New Year's Day. Kids were welcome, so we took all three of ours. Cooper, our oldest, has special needs. He's nonverbal, eats through a g-tube, and is in...

What I’ll Miss

I have this parenting app on my phone. Shocking, right? I honestly don't remember what it is called, but basically it sends me a text message once a week asking me a question about...

A Tale of Two Moms: Playground Edition

Over the years, I've noticed that there are two types of moms who populate playgrounds: those who actively play with their kids and those who prefer to sit and chat or play on their...