Every day, while our elementary-school children are still in the throes of gluing macaroni to paper and counting dried beans, cars stack up in two-by-two formation outside, waiting in the "Car-Riders" line as early as 55 minutes before the last bell rings. In that time, the children will master that day’s "sight words" and fill up on their share of paste... while I stare … [Read more...] about Stuck In The School Pick-Up Car Clusterfest
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I have a boy. He is 8 months old and extremely active. He can’t stop moving. He is very physical and tactile reaching for everything - books, toys, crinkly materials and anything that protrudes, noses in particular. He is aware of his body and in control of his movements. He can spend hours lifting himself up to stand and gently lowering himself to the floor. He needs me nearby … [Read more...] about Learning To Be The Mom My Son Needs, Not The One I Am
Congratulations! Today you gave birth. You’re on a new adventure! Your hips a wider girth! Baby brain’s in your head. Baby books in your hand. You now find yourself In a sleep-deprived land. You’re a new mother. And you know what you know. Which is next to nothing, or so you are told… My breath creates clouds in the chilly air as I walk the neighborhood … [Read more...] about You’re A New Mother… Oh, The Places You’ll Get Unsolicited Advice!
I used to see late nights with the kids as the mental-emotional equivalent of a spike-ridden ball and chain. Walking around a dark dwelling half-lidded with the temperament of a menopausal dragon, this “ball and chain” was constantly tripping me up. While my grumpiness seemed necessary, it made the challenges of functioning with a late-night brain fog even more intense. Once I … [Read more...] about Sleepless Nights: A Mother’s Survival Guide
Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean you should throw out all your normal rules about healthy eating and binge on delicious bite-size treats. Here are some tricks to keep in mind for a healthier Halloween for you and your family: For You 1. Don't Buy Treats You Actually Like If you buy treats that don't appeal to you, then you won't be tempted to snack on them … [Read more...] about 8 Tricks to Keeping Your Halloween Healthy