Please pardon me if I have a mixed response to the approaching holiday season. Yes, I know I need better boundaries with both families but that is easier said than done. But even with the power struggles, watching my son experience the holidays is still a magical time. Perhaps it’s worth the extra wine I […]
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I think it’s a shame that I didn’t realize I was an introvert until I was well into my thirties. Had I known that my need to be alone for at least part of the day was something I had no control over, I could have saved myself some serious mom guilt.
Do I feel the need to validate myself and explain my career decision with past accolades and honors to reassure myself and others of my choice? Not anymore. I used to apologize and dismiss the very notion of this choice, but now that I’m deep into the teen years with my three kids, the value of […]
It took a conversation I had with a mom whose children had grown for it to come full circle for me. She mentioned if she could get time back with her young kids it wouldn’t be to attend the piano recital again or the Christmas play one more time. Rather, it would be to relive […]
My point is that kids and accidents go hand-in-hand, am I right? If it hasn’t happened to you yet—if your innocent child has not ruined something that you love or something expensive—I hate to tell you, but the time is coming. It will inevitably happen. Whether they are two and fry your computer or 16 […]
I don’t want my negative experiences with people in my life to strongly impact my daughters’ opinions of those same people.
If I’m honest, this season of toddlers feels too long, too raw, and too close to every single source of insecurity I have. It feels endless and personal. Every meltdown, angry response, or missed potty-training cue (so many missed potty training cues) makes me feel like a failure at the only job I have right […]
If you want to continue to use your social media accounts to stand out as the “real” mom in the midst of the posed, filtered masses, by all means, you do you. But don’t expect me to join in. Instead, you’ll find me over here posting about how perfect my life is, because those are […]
Now that my youngest is in school, I realize the days were long, but the years were short. I’m so thankful looking back for the lazy days at the playground and the hours spent in a rocking chair with my babies. With kids in high school, middle school, and elementary now, things move at a […]
I enjoy putting together homemade Lunchables, so I can choose higher quality meat, cheese and crackers and also pack some fresh fruit as a side. I also switch up sandwiches by using different breads like tortillas, bagel thins and croissants.