the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Bella Ella

This is Carol’s ten-year-old daughter Ella. Even at such a young age she knew exactly how to handle Marlo, and for three straight mornings Marlo would wake up, look up at me from her mattress and say, “I want to play with Ella.” Not good morning, or hello, or nice to see you. Thankfully this was something I could use as leverage: “Sit down now or I WILL TAKE AWAY ELLA.”

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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