The End of Peanut Butter and Jelly As We Know It

regret to inform you that the Kitchen staff (me) will no longer be preparing Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches. Your last chance to order one will be April 30th, 2015. ...more

How To Use Disney's FastPass+

Growing up, I remember each and every one of our few visits to amusement parks.  ...more

Oh Dear. She said WHAT?

As the triplets are getting older, they are getting more and more curious. While sometimes endearing, the curiosity often leads them to trouble. At 21 months, Lincoln and Keira are now in the 90th percentile for height, so they can reach almost ...more

You'll Never Be on Time Again

I am, by nature, an extremely punctual human being. Being late stresses me out, and can actually ruin my day. Being on time isn’t just something I prefer, it’s something that MEANS SOMETHING TO ME. ...more

How To Create a Long Distance Gender Reveal Announcement

So remember when I mentioned I was pretty hesitant and totally awkward about announcing my pregnancy? Well, I like to think that I made up for it with our gender reveal. ...more

The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Working Mom

“I would never let someone else raise my children.” If you're a working mom, you've probably heard this sentence. Maybe you saw it in a Facebook post. Maybe you overheard someone saying it. Worst of all, maybe someone said it to your face....more
Well said!  Every parent makes the best possible decision for their child. For a lot of parents, ...more

Can You Even Help Your Kids Gain Independence Today?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving drinks or snacks as needed in a short absence of parental supervision. But we knew we couldn't leave him home alone, and told him as much. "But whhhyyyy?" he asked. Indeed, kiddo, why? Because the neighbors might call the cops on us, that's why. ...more
rachael40711 That sounds really healthy, and like a worthy change to make from the way you were ...more

10 Things Your Kids Need to Know

As I sat in the departure area waiting to board a recent flight, a middle-aged woman sitting across from me took a call on her cell phone. It was hard not to overhear the almost immediate anguish in her voice. I garnered pretty quickly that she was getting news of a death. Her face turned gray and her voice shook as she tried to console the bereaved person on the other end of the phone. "Oh honey, you can't blame yourself," and, "I'm so sorry. This is such sad, sad news." And then, "Well, you never know, he might reschedule. Maybe he just got busy."...more
Liesl Garner Glad it was helpful, Liesl!more

Relax, Mom

I was sitting in the living room reading a book. My son wandered downstairs and climbed into my lap. "You haven't checked on me in a while," he said. ...more

The Golden Rule of Parenting

Google “how to build your child’s self-esteem” and you will get pages and pages of results. Most of the articles are filled with insightful and helpful tips, and many are worth your time. I found wisdom on raising a confident child and how to build your child’s self-esteem, but it dawned on me as I […] The post The Golden Rule of Parenting appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents ....more

postpartum depression

I've been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now and am finally getting the time and courage to write it. The biggest reason why I am hesitant to write this is because part of me is still embarrassed. I actually don't mind having strangers read this, but I am embarrassed to have my friends and family read it ....more

Roasted Carrots with Vinaigrette

Roasted vegetables are just downright delightful, no two ways about it. Something happens when the high heat of the oven hits the natural sugars in the vegetables wait, what’s that called again? ...more

{Morning Thoughts}

Ditch the Windex. Tiny hands and runny noses were meant to leave their mark.Happy Monday, y'all! ...more

Cheeto Fingers

This morning, like each morning, Lottie usually joins me in the shower. I noticed this morning Lottie had brought her octopus in to play. She filled up a small bowl and added soap....more

When Dreams Don't Come True, And Even When They Do

I remember going through a particularly difficult and heart-wrenching season several years ago...more

Memoir Monday {No.69}

This is my $2 garage sale candle! I’m still happy, happy with this find. Beauty has been much on my mind and what a gift it is and how there is a lot of ugly in this world and sin marred it so, and each bit of beauty is something to be so thankful for ....more

Boho Tea Party Bridal Shower

Oh, this was the loveliest of bridal showers. ...more

The Easiest and Hardest Part of Mindful Parenting

When my daughter was little, before I had embarked on my studies of mindfulness and Buddhism in earnest, I came across a book on...more