The Thoughts of a Busy Mom

Lately I haven’t felt like a great mom. The level of “busy” over the course of the last few years has increased to a level that (at least for me) occupies more time and brain capacity than ever before.  And I sometimes ask myself, “What’s the point of all this?”  We get the job to […]

Mama Bear

Recently my child ran out in the middle of a parking lot at night. At the same time, a car was coming around the corner (albeit about 15-20 mph) and I screamed for my daughter to stop and pay attention! She came to a screeching halt. The car halted. And I felt a mixture of relief […]

My Spirited Child

What is a spirited child? A spirited child is more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent, and energetic than most. I know this because she kind of gets it from me. And it’s this spiritedness that creates the so-called “terrible twos.” But your toddler isn’t terrible, they’re just becoming aware of their personalities. They might be experiencing a […]

It’s Curtains to You!

It just might be due to spring fever, my children’s particular phase of life, or me simply losing my mind and my patience too often, but I have found myself yelling at my kids more often than ever before. My worst parenting moment began brewing on Easter morning—the house was a mess from basket opening, […]

Melatonin for Toddlers

As much as I adore my daughter, the cold, hard truth is that girlfriend hasn’t slept through the night in 4 flipping years, so Mommy and Daddy are hurting units. One of my friends, whose son has significant sleep issues associated with ADHD, suggested we give our daughter melatonin to help her fall asleep and, […]

Silence and Solitude

As much as I adore and cherish my family, the holiday vacation honestly took its toll on me. Yes, it was jam-packed with love, fun, celebrations, activities and snuggles, but it was also hectic, busy and kind of stressful. I’m the kind of girl who needs a few moments to myself each day or I […]

Re-Gifting of the Magi

This year we had a bit of a family blow out over our annual tradition of picking names out of a hat for Christmas. We couldn’t come to an agreement about themes, amounts, or what was considered “equitable” gift giving. Rules and regulations were established: there was to be no cheapskating, no re-gifting or any […]

What I Wish They Taught in Schools

My 7-year-old barges into conversations. No matter how many times I ask her to wait, to listen, or to be patient, she basically doesn’t comprehend that information and still does it anyway. She also has trouble meeting people’s eyes. Often times this can be interpreted as rudeness or disrespect. And these are just one of […]

Fathers Do Not Babysit

I need to take a moment to rant about an epidemic I’m hearing lately that really grinds my gears. My issue, you ask? When people say a father is “babysitting” the kids. When did this become an acceptable thing to say in the 21st century? Just to be clear: my husband has never and would […]

Orange is the New Black

So, at the tender age of 2.11, I have officially dropped the hammer on my sweet, unsuspecting daughter. She has been waking up at least 2-3 times a night, every night, since the day she was born and I have had enough. I kept thinking she would outgrow it, she was going through a growth […]