Hampton Williams Hofer lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she writes and raises babies. Her work has appeared in Flying South, Walter Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Food 52, among others. Family aside, her great loves are a South Carolina beach, a Roger Federer backhand, a Charlottesville lawn, and–most of all–a good story.
We Accidentally Found The Best Way To Recreate An 80s Childhood
We stumbled into a free-play utopia.
Wait, Am I A Disney Person Now?
I once scoffed at the tackiness of it all but what I found was a wild freedom to let loose and feel pure bliss.
Yes, I Bathe My Kids Every Day. What Of It?
It’s ritual, it’s routine, it’s an essential part of our day.
God, Give Me The Patience To Survive The Early Reader Stage
Reading is so magical and sometimes, so excruciating to sit through.
Just Let Them Wear The Costume. It’s Fine.
Sometimes, you just need to let the strong-willed kid make a call.
To Those Who Pitied Me For My Third Son
From family to strangers, everyone had something to say.
The Family Road Trip Is A Special Hell
The back seat is the wild west and we stop and to buy gas station popsicles.
Forget Family Dinner. I’m A Family Breakfast Convert.
Experts are always touting the benefits of family dinner, but it’s a logistical nightmare. We’re doing something different.
I’m A C-Section Mom Four Times Over, And I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way
When I look at the wondrously thin pink line at the base of my stomach, I feel only eternal gratitude.
Spring Break Doesn't Exist When You're A Parent
Let’s be real — you’re still a short order cook.
Parenting, Where The Random Nameless Mom At The Park Is Your New BFF
You don’t even need names to talk Cesarian scars and frozen breastmilk stashes at the park.
I Loved Having A Pandemic Baby
Giving birth in a mask sucked, but watching my son introduce his baby sister to a virtual kindergarten class was priceless.
Oh, The Things You Will Eat When You're A Toddler Mom
Complete with rotating specials that will leave you on your toes.
A Honest Smattering Of All The Things Parents Find In Their Cars
From chicken nuggets to mystery dirt to the popsicle stick that will make you cry.
All The Ridiculous Things You Have To Say To Your Kids Before A Trip To The Library
What every mom thinks as she ushers her littles in the door.
How To Really, Truly Survive Flights With Kids
It will be a window-licking, drink-spilling, shriek-stifling rumpus.