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Courtney Haller

Courtney is a tiny human tamer, spouse, advocate, ambassador, and storyteller. And, after years of therapy, she's also unapologetically herself. Courtney is a journalist-turned-marketer spending daytime hour as a Director of Marketing and Public Relations. When the clock strikes 5 pm, the caffeine turns to wine, and the supermom cape comes out. Courtney and her husband, Kyle, are parents to Ruby (born March 2016) and Miles (born April 2018). After a life-changing battle with Postpartum Depression, Courtney found her passion for advocacy work. As an official ambassador for 2020 Mom, she brings awareness and fights for change in the maternal mental health field. As a Kansas City native and University of Kansas alum living in enemy territory, Courtney can regularly be found in KU Jayhawks or Kansas City Chiefs or Royals gear. Her recent accomplishments include earning a master's degree in Strategic Communication from Maryville University in 2019, joining the St. Louis Mom's Blog contributing team, and using humor and self-deprecation to get through most of life's crap, especially, uncomfortable situations.
a young boy cradling his head in his hands as he stands outside on a deck overlooking a sun-drenched river

“Practice Makes Perfect” is Crap: How to Overcome Perfectionism

As moms, we learn to decode our child’s cries. A low, nasally one accompanied by the word “no” is usually a whine type of cry. It doesn’t signal an emergency. The other type sends...
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Passing Down a Time-Honored Tradition: Chiefs Football

I remember the first time my daughter yelled, “TOUCHDOWN KANSAS CITY.” I remember the time I said touchdown, and my son threw his arms up, giving the official referee signal. Those were both huge...

Listen to the Voice in Your Head … I Mean … Your Gut.

Moms, listen to the voice in your head: your intuition is stronger than you think.   I was nervous to tell this story. It didn’t feel like my story to share, but I think it’s important...
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Acronyms to Get You Through the Holidays … or Life for That Matter.

Acronyms are everywhere, especially in the world of texting. BTW, IMO, LOL, SMH, OMG, and my personal favorite, WTF, are quick and easy ways to get a message across. There are acronyms in the...
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We Lost her Twice: A Story of Alzheimer’s Grief

When someone you love suffers from Alzheimers, the grief process cycles over and over.     Season four of This is Us rocked me to my core. Don’t get me wrong, the entire series has me in...

I Don’t Put My Kids In Timeout, and Here’s Why

Let me start by saying not putting my kids in “timeout” doesn’t mean I don’t hold them accountable or discipline them. I absolutely do.    My house is not a free-for-all. When it comes to discipline,...
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Witnessing History in the Making: A Letter to My Daughter

Regardless of your political views, witnessing Kamala Harris run for V.P. of the United States is a win for so many.   Dear Baby Girl, As a four-year-old, you likely won’t remember this moment, but we are...
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Relapse: The Seven Letter R-Word that No One with Depression Wants to Hear

If you had told me years ago that I’d be intimately familiar with the word relapse, I would have laughed. I thought that word only applied to those struggling with forms of addiction, but...

Grasping for Control Straws During Times of Uncertainty

I like to call myself a recovering perfectionist and functioning control-freak. It’s not the most glowing review of myself, but it’s accurate and authentic. I know I’m not alone as misery must love company....