Is it time for an upgrade???

September 15, 2015

I have explained my desire to keep Noah my baby. And for the most part, he’s completely on board. He’s happily embraced school in a well-balanced, “mom didn’t mess me up too badly by keeping me the baby” sorta way. There are some things that come with age, or experiencing school, that I’m hesitant to jump on board with. He […]

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August 6, 2015

I idealized the concept of motherhood so much. I thought when I became a mother any selfish life I had before would be gone. I would switch modes to an over-zealous, over-achieving mother that only wanted to do for her children. What I didn’t anticipate was having such a strong will to keep my sense of self.  My mother is […]

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Dear Drew

June 8, 2015

Seven years ago when you came into this world, I had no idea what this journey of parenthood would look like. Together, hand in hand, we are combing through completely uncharted territory for the both of us. From your perspective, I think, I’m doing this like driving a car…something I learned in drivers Ed or something. The truth is most […]

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Protecting Our Little First Graders

June 8, 2015

Something awful happened after Drew’s birthday party on Friday. A child left without any supervision. The birthday party was after school in the gym where two hired people and approximately ten adults were present. Since this child was used to the path home, he left and rode his bike unsupervised. Those parents entrusted me with their most valued possession and […]

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Star in the Making

March 27, 2015

Years ago I watched an Olympian accredit her success to her father encouraging her. I remember thinking how I couldn’t imagine ever encouraging my child to do something that would be very difficult to succeed. This past week was “observation” week at the place where Gabby does the majority of her extra-curricular activities. I sat through ballet and jazz, her […]

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The Boot

March 5, 2015

On the heels of yesterday’s post, Threshold of Tolerance, I have found myself thinking more and more about that post. Yes, I more or less declared that in extreme cases of disrespect I approve of physically reprimanding my child(ren). And yes, that might be an unpopular position. And no, I haven’t changed my mind in 24 hours. Rather, we have […]

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Threshold of Tolerance

March 4, 2015

I understand that kids, like adults, often get heated and say things they don’t mean. I can sleep easy knowing that I am probably not the worst mom in the world. Many of the things my children have shouted my direction are not how they actually feel about me and I can keep it in its proper perspective. But… Aren’t […]

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It’s Potty Time!!!!

February 17, 2015

There’s only one thing I hate more that changing diapers – a newly “potty trained” child. And with two potty trained children, there’s only one left. Once he turned two, people started talking… Drew is not an easy child but he was an incredibly easy potty trainer. At 18 months he peed on the potty for the first time. He […]

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The Blame Game

January 26, 2015

I take full responsibility when my kids act like jerks. I hold myself accountable when my kids have bad listening. I blame myself when my kids misbehave. My grandma said something interesting to me yesterday. She more or less said that it’s not always all about me. Say what?!? These children are born with their own brains and personalities. They […]

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Oldies but goodies

December 3, 2014

As I rolled up to basketball in my minivan with my three children in the backseat blasting “Gin and Juice,” I wondered when Snoop Dogg became a part of the “oldies” station. I remember so clearly my mom playing 60s music (which I have now come to love) and feeling like I wished she wouldn’t listen to the oldies. Yet […]

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