Posts tagged "kids"

Don't forget about the invisible kids

Don't forget about the invisible kids
With five kids, I have a great grasp on several personality types.  I’m blessed that my children are all so incredibly different, and because of that, I’ve been given the gift of seeing life through a variety of perspectives. I definitely have some squeaky wheels (both positive and negative) and it’s easy to address those... Read more »

The coolest losers in town

The coolest losers in town
My daughter’s soccer team is very competitive. They work incredibly hard and each girl has an intense commitment to the sport. After years of taking two steps forward and one step back, this season they found themselves on the brink of winning their division. That would mean they would move to a group of teams... Read more »

When it comes to parenting, the little things matter

When it comes to parenting, the little things matter
My high school daughter had a soccer game in Antioch – about an hour away. I told her last night that there was no way I was going to be able to go. Her dad was out of town, and her sisters and brother had soccer, track and swim practice. I ALWAYS try to make... Read more »
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Parenthood Doesn't Suck

Parenthood Doesn't Suck
I went to lunch with one of my single girlfriends and she quietly said to me, “I have to bring up a sensitive subject, and I’d really like your honest opinion. It’s not going to be easy to admit, but I’d really like you to lay it all out there. Does being a parent really... Read more »

Remember why you wanted to have children

Remember why you wanted to have children
Do you remember talking with your partner and fantasizing about what it would be like when you had kids? We can dress them in amazing clothes.  We can throw fabulous birthday parties.  They’ll be best friends with their cousins.  Our offspring will be amazing athletes/actors/musicians – we’ll go to all their events together.  Just imagine... Read more »

Mother's Day Bust: Be careful what you wish for...

Mother's Day Bust:  Be careful what you wish for...
Last Thursday I wrote a post about how I was perfectly happy spending my Mother’s Day watching my kids play sports.  I was talking about my own mom and saying I definitely wanted to spend time with her, but I love and appreciate her every day, so really didn’t feel the pressure to go over... Read more »
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Girls need Girlfriends - no matter how old you are

Girls need Girlfriends - no matter how old you are
I think the problem for me started the summer after 6th grade.  Up until that time, I thought I had great girlfriends.  Sleepovers, parties, life was great. No complaints. We were all preparing to leave our small cocooned primary school and go on to the big time of middle school. Thank goodness I had my... Read more »

Three types of parents: Which one are you?

Three types of parents:  Which one are you?
While sitting through a 10 hour swim meet, a friend and I talked about a recent lecture she experienced regarding the three types of involved parents.  It caused me to look at myself, and try to force myself into the one that sounded the most attractive.  The Parent that lives THROUGH their child:  These parents are... Read more »

Parenting: When to bail them out and when to let them suffer

My 14 year old is now going on her 8th phone.  Somehow they just break, or someone else lost them.  She has earned every one – however I do think we’ve been a little light on the punishment side.  Obviously the natural answer is – DON’T GET HER ANY MORE. Here’s the problem.  We get... Read more »
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Strange Play: 26 odd pieces of playground equipment

The end of a train - I definitely wouldn't let my kid come out of that
With this amazing weather that has surprised us all, we’ve been spending a lot of time at playgrounds.  One of my children’s favorite things to do is something we call playground day.  We start early, pack a lunch, and just drive through random neighborhoods and stop whenever we see a cool playground.  We’ve seen some... Read more »