Mommy Guilt: It’s an Industry

Recently, I forgot to send the registration form to the folks running a summer camp that I knew my oldest would love.  It’s now full so he’s out and I feel guilty. My middle child recently got a new bike, but I unknowingly bought one that is far too heavy and much too big for his slight frame. So, this summer he’ll learn to ride on a terrifyingly large bike. He probably won’t take to it and I feel guilty. ...more

5 Ways to Cope When Parenting Feels Like Drowning

I can hardly breathe. I'm trying to keep my cool, but I feel my fingers crunch into fists.I beg my son, "Equis, please get off the floor."My nose turns redder than his, and I'm not even crying. Yet."No, Mommy! Noooo!" Equis screams, planting his face against our apartment's linoleum tiles.Heat creeps up my neck and flushes into my cheeks. "Equis, no more Kindle. It's time to--GASP!" He kicks me right in the throat. This time, my tears come.Sometimes, parenting feels like drowning....more

Is Franklin's turtle mommy a better parent than me?

 Do you think children's books realistically depict parenting? Should they? The first Franklin book I ever read to my daughter was, “Franklin in the Dark.”...more

Tooth and Consequences

Four years ago, I experienced a #MotherFail moment. I am certain it wasn't my first and I am sorry to say, it hasn't been my last, but it has been a moment that has stayed with me all these years. It was getting late and past 4 year-old Diego's bedtime. He was tired, and whiny and I was tired and whiny too, albeit we were tired and whiny in different ways. I had been cleaning and cooking all day to prepare for a party the next day. In an effort to soothe Diego's whining, (or keep him quiet) I told him to watch TV on the family room couch until he fell asleep....more

I Don't Feel Like a Good Mom

"You're a good mom." I've heard it many times. My mom, my husband, therapists, coworkers, friends, aunts, grandma -- even my in-laws have said it several times. "You're a good mom." They say it and all I think about are those times when I yell. Or the times I turn on a movie so that I can write post, browse Pinterest or just have a few minutes of peace while I make dinner. ...more
@Finding Rebecca good point. Instead of fighting about who has the best football player child or ...more

The Longest Days

One of my favorite quotes for parenthood and life is from Gretchen Rubin's Book The Happiness Project.  In that book she says for parents the "...more

How Do You Know If You're A Good Mom? (snippet)

I published this on my Blogger profile. I am only posting a snippet here. Head on over to my blog to read the entire post. ...more

How I Became a Better Mom

This spring, I met one of those mothers. You know the kind. The kind that make you feel wholly inadequate as a mother. It all went down at our public library, where my oldest daughter Ada was enjoying a weekly story time. This mother also had a four-year-old daughter in story time, about Ada’s age, as well as a second daughter, a little older than second, Mya....more
Thanks for this! I'm really working on not comparing myself to other mothers, but it is so hard. ...more

I am not missing my kids' childhoods

Do you feel guilty for looking at your phone, instead of playing with your kids? That the essence of Outlaw Mama's post today regarding the impact of social media on our kids. I think she hit it spot on. Blogs, Facebook and Twitter have connected me to other moms and now I don't feel so isolated in this world of diapers, whining, and endless days....more
 @jeszimsmi Agreed.more

Super Mom Guilt

In the internal (and sometimes external battle) of Stay at Home versus Work Outside the Home moms. I was pretty sure I had won the war when I became a Work at Home mom. I figured that a flexible schedule and a low minimum of time requirements would allow me to contribute financially to the household, take care of my family and leave some time to pursue my writing. I win right? Umm Nope. I wonder if everyone isn't losing....more