Recently, I had a conversation with an acquaintance, a fellow mom, about how she would like to move her young child to a new daycare. "But my reasons...” she hesitated a moment, "They aren’t good. They're selfish."When she listed her reasons, they didn't sound selfish. Rather, they sounded like they would improve her quality of life and, by extension, her family’s. As a hardcore advocate of eradicating mommy guilt, her reasons seemed totally... well, reasonable and not something she should feel conflicted over. Case closed, right?But I recognized the sentiment....more
It is back-to-school time! My sweet little man is going into first grade, and I learned a lot about school involvement during his first year in kindergarten. As a working mom, it is tough to always know what is going on at his school, but I have found ways to stay in the loop.
I have a confession: I was on vacation from work this past week and sent mini-me to daycare every day but one. I'm that mom. I have a number of what I feel are legitimate rationalizations for my decision, but they're just that, rationalizations. The bottom line is that I couldn't get everything done I wanted and needed to do with mini-me home (I also have to pay for daycare regardless of if I send her or not but that's just one of my many rationalizations). ...more
when life gives you lemons...Things that give you peace of mind.When your children are loved, and safe during the times you are not around.Watching your littles make friends and be loved by people other than yourself.Arriving safely after travel.True blue friends that you can laugh and cry with.Ability to be totally honest, about everything with a friend who doesn't judge you or gossip about you....more
The Edel Gathering is this weekend and there were some of us who couldn't attend, as much as we would have loved it! Rita over at The Catholic Review: Open Window thought it would be great to host a blog hop wherein we'd have a virtual conference! I loved the idea and thought to share how I keep the faith alive between Sundays, with kids. I'll admit it, I don't always do a bang up job each week. Because work.You'll see what I mean....more
Dear Stay at Home Mom, I just want to tell you,Your job is not easy. No matter how many kids you are staying home with. Taking care of babies and toddlers all day long is tiresome, challenging, and exhausting. You were meant to do it. I encourage you not to take your time with your littles for granted. ...more