Why Do I Fail This Mother Thing Every Single Day?

I gave birth to my first child when I was 31. After pushing for two excruciating hours and two more excruciating minutes, she was finally born. I feel sure that I was on the verge of death after the whole ordeal. But then they placed the most beautiful, bright-eyed baby girl into my arms. And she had a pink bow stuck to her head. And she smelled like babies do. ...more
Me too.  That's all I can say. Thanks for writing this!more

The Guilty Conscience: I Work Therefore I Am Neglectful

“It’s fine. You have to work…again. Maybe we’ll snuggle tomorrow.”My daughter said it in a way that let me know it most certainly was not fine. For being only nine years old, she sure has mastered how to lay on the guilt in a flawlessly passive-aggressive way, without knowing what passive-aggressive even means....more

Confession Of An Introverted Mother

When I was growing up there was a conversation that happened repeatedly between my mother and me."Why don't you go talk to so-and-so (call them, go to a certain place, do a certain thing)?" She would ask.I would shrug, "I don't want to." I would tell her."But WHY?""Because I'm shy," I would say and go back to reading my book."You're not shy!" She would declare, and she was right. I'm really not. I'm not timid. I was always happy enough to raise my hand in class or take a part in the church Christmas program....more

Excuse me while I remove my face from the Halloween candy

Ok, Halloween is over and there are left overs everywhere.  We have an overflowing candy bowl at home as well as two treat bags my kids brought home from trick or treating.  There is even candy at work because of course no one wants their family actually eating the candy that their kids worked so hard for. Here are the excuses that I use to justify eating leftover candy at home and at work....more

The Guilt

I have Mom Guilt.  There, I said it.  Well, I wrote it.In the middle of this separation, I have even more Mom Guilt.  It's suffocating at times.  Daunting.  Painful.  Gives me a couple of tears, alone, in the bathroom.He does the fun stuff.  He doesn't force the homework.  He let's them do whatever.  That's not to be mean -- it's actually just, him.Me? I get to:...more

Enough Enough Enough Guilt Already

Enough is enough is enough is enough - what am I ranting about? Guilt over 'failed' runs, missed runs, or just running in general. No one is holding a gun to my head and saying - run or else?!? My life, my career, nothing in my life depends or hinges upon my running. For pete's sake, it used to be for FUN!...more

An Adoptive Mothers Guilt

  Mothers Guilt, ever heard of it?If you never heard of it awesome, run away before it plagues you! There is the normal Mothers Guilt of...more
I totally agree! As an adoptive parent there is a lot of guilt (even if unnecessary). Thank you ...more

It's Today Not Tomorrow - Living In The Moment

Lately, I keep finding myself thinking about, trying to plan or let's just face it, worrying about the future. And today, I realized I need to just stop. That's right - just stop. Focus on the moment, not the moment tomorrow, not the moment 5 minutes from now, but the moment now - this moment that I'm currently living....more

Letting Go of Anger, Guilt, and Regret -- Gaining The Inside Advantage

I recently talked about carrying around excess baggage—the stuff we don’t want or need—the negative thoughts and emotions in our heads and hearts. I mentioned one of the things you can do to help yourself is to examine the negative emotions that are in your life.  I hope that you found the list I prepared (taken from my book The Inside Advantage:  How Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Things).If not, I invite you to take a look now at the last few Blogs on my website at CWLauro.com....more

I thought I Was Electrocuted!

On July 19th, a post about fireflies was published on the blog, Two Teens and Their Mama. Reading it reminded me of a long-forgotten moment in time.FirefliesEvery few years my family would travel to Pennsylvania, to visit my grandparents farm and spend time with our relatives. My sisters and I always looked forward to catching fireflies, because they did not exist where we lived in Alberta....more