Kristen Gardiner

Kristen Gardiner
Kristen Gardiner moved to the Dallas area (Allen) in 2018 with her husband and three boys (born in 2010, 2012, and 2015). She has a marketing degree from Texas A&M (class of '06) and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M --Corpus Christi. Kristen met her husband while working at Whataburger in College Station, and they have been inseparable ever since. She has spent the past few years as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Kristen is passionate about storytelling and sharing about struggles with mental health in motherhood on her blog Driving Mom Crazy.
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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....
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Making the Most of Social Distancing as a SAHM

I'm usually the first person to take advantage of any opportunity to get a break from my kids. I'm a stay-at-home mom by choice, but I've got three of these little monsters and it...
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Crash Course on Car Seat Safety :: It Doesn’t End After Car Seats

Parenting is full of lots of milestones and graduating from using car seats is one of them. Once your child outgrows their car seat and doesn't need another one, the feeling is very freeing! Your...
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To My Husband: Thank You for Loving Me through Depression

My dear husband, When we got married, you didn't know I had depression. I didn't know I had depression. We wouldn't know I had depression until I became pregnant with our first child. Then everything...