As I pause from my seasonal mall shopping for an Egg Nog Latte, I notice a particular young woman scouting a place to rest. Her left forearm is lugging an oversized bag (I’m almost certain it’s the $35 zip-top tote in the Swirly Dot pattern from Thirty-One. You know, the one with enough space to park a Prius.) ...more
How do we raise our children in this world? I want to take a step back from the politics, the rhetoric, the trending hashtags and prayers vs. gun control debate. I want to address how our generation is going to raise our children in the era of mass shootings. Random mass shootings in our country. ...more
I figured it out! I always wondered why am I so incredibly neurotic about my kitchen being clean? When my entire (albeit cute and cozy) house is a disaster I am okay as long as my kitchen is clean. If my kitchen is a mess watch out. Crazy mama up in here....more
So…over the course of a single weekend I became legally blind in my right eye. The toddler and I were playing and being silly, and generally having fun jumping off tables and running with scissors when the fused fontanelle of her cute little cranium crashed into my delicate ocular socket. It was like the infamous iceberg against the hull of the TItanic (which shattered on impact, much like the lens in my eye). Tears of laughter and excruciating pain ensued. Mostly the pain thing, though....more
Listen??? Hear that? No? Yeah, me either. Isn’t is fabulous? I’m home alone for the first time in 12,963 minutes…but who’s counting?And I may just have alone time for an hour or two, but the silence is deafening definitely glorious....more
And then there are unexpected events that cross the quiet days I had planned for myself. A sick kid, for instance.One should think: nursing mode. Lots of sleep and cuddles and some light cooking, water, watching movies. Thermometer, medication, maybe the occasional change of sheets....more
In that fiery place under the earth, I’m quite sure Alvin and the Chipmunks would be blaring 24-7. If it ever comes on at our house (usually by accident), you will find me under a thick, muffling sort of blanket. Just because Alvin, Elmo, or the Frozen soundtrack make me want to stuff teddy bears in my ears doesn’t mean I can’t love me some other tunes. Here are 5 ways music mindfulness can benefit parents. It can remind you of different parts of yourself or your life...more
Originally written on October 7, 2015.
I had no answer to the question. I didn't think I'd need one.
So let's backtrack a little bit: A little over 15 years ago, our first, beautiful baby boy was born. We couldn't wait for him to talk. Then when he could talk, we couldn't wait for him to shut up (parents of talkative kids, you KNOW what I mean. I love him dearly, but omgwouldyoupleasebequietforfiveminutes instead of tellingthecashieryourlifestory).
So I missed a day. (writing for NaBloPoMo) Typically this would be "it". The reason to quit. Oh, I'd explain it away. "There were legit reasons!", and somehow that would make me feel better about failing. (And no arguing that....more
Well, let me get started and tell you my goals here. I bought the book Love and Logic for Early Childhood. I read the first three chapters probably five separate times and the book did a great job collecting dust on my nightstand. It wasn't until my then 11 month old baby girl began using the book as a teething toy that I remembered AGAIN I should read it. ...more