Monthly Archives: September 2015

“What’s for Dinner, Mom?” – Family Meal Planning

“What’s for dinner, Mom?”  Oh, such a seemingly harmless question!  But for the mother who has not planned ahead it can feel like an interrogation where you ultimately plead guilty and say with irritation, “I don’t know yet!” This is … Continue reading

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Managing a Toddler’s Tantrum – or Not – I don’t really know what I’m doing either

I remember thinking that the Terrible Twos were really no big deal.  My first child had tantrums, sure, but they were so mild, that I could literally laugh through them while she was having them.  Her defiance was so weak … Continue reading

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You Can Do It All (insert disclaimer here)

The notion of the can-do woman has permeated our culture so deeply that women, and mothers in particular, are terribly hard on themselves.  We aim to be the SuperMom, to “do it all,” and inevitably, we realize that we have … Continue reading

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Parental Influence, not Control

A friend once said something so simple that it struck me to the core.  I had been complaining about the behavior of one of my kids and lamenting about how there must be something I had done wrong.  My intuitive … Continue reading

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5 Years and Counting…

When I was 15 years old, I met my soulmate.  And I knew it.  But when we were 16, we broke up – overwhelmed with the typical drama that plagues the teenage years. At 28, we had lived our lives … Continue reading

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A Lesson for a 9 Year Old: Speaking with Conviction

At the end of June as 3rd grade came to a close, my now 9-year-old Freckles approached me with the declaration, ” I want to play the Cello!” Biting my tongue a little, I simply said, ” Really?  That sounds … Continue reading

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The Apologetic Mother – Perfectionism Rears its Ugly Head

I’ve recently realized how much apologizing I actually do on a daily basis.  “Sorry about my appearance- I just got so busy today,”  or “Don’t mind my house – it would be so clean if these kids weren’t here.”  Sorry, … Continue reading

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