Kristen Gardiner

Kristen Gardiner
Kristen is currently a stay-at-home mom to three wild boys, ages 9, 7, and 4. Kristen was born and raised in San Antonio & she and her husband recently moved their family to Allen in 2018 after a four-year stint in Oklahoma City. Kristen loves to write about motherhood, mental health, and child safety. She is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and has a passion for contributing hands-on car seat education to her community. In her spare time, she loves binging on Bravo shows while sipping a Diet Coke.  Share in the everyday highs, lows, and humor with Kristen at Driving Mom Crazy, and on Facebook or Instagram.
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10 Ridiculous Lessons Learned in 2020

I think we've all had our fair share of "lessons" that 2020 has taught us, whether we wanted them or not. While I've had plenty of serious realizations myself, I've also discovered quite a...
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Dear Tired Mama, You’re Making History Right Now

Dear mama, I know you're tired. Beyond tired. You may wonder how you can get through another day, much less the rest of the year. Demands on your time and energy seem to only be...

4 Common Myths About Antidepressants

Note: This is not medical advice. This is my opinion based on my experiences. Always consult your doctor. 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness each year. I am a part...

What If Your Exhaustion Is Really a Sleep Disorder?

Sleep is hard to come by as a mom, especially in the early years. I knew being a parent would be exhausting, but I had no idea how much it would really affect me....
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I Chose to Have Kids, But I Didn’t Choose This Pandemic

"You chose to have kids." This seems to be a popular response to moms who vent about the struggles of motherhood, especially in relation to choices we are making in this recent pandemic. This phrase...
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7 Ways to Keep Feral Children Busy When It’s Unbearably Hot Outside

We are at the time of year where it's unbearably hot outside and parents are just done with trying to keep kids busy. The kids are done with following rules and acting civilized. This...
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How To Plan A Kid-Friendly Protest

There are a lot of heavy issues facing our world right now, and many parents are looking for ways to teach their children about these topics. I've found that teaching my children about the...
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Your Spouse Can’t Fix Your Mental Illness

My husband is my rock. He knows me better than anyone. He's seen me at my worst and he still loves me. He knows how I think and how to make me feel better....