Posts tagged "Parenting"

The best mornings start with gratitude

The best mornings start with gratitude
Some mornings, I wake up to chaos, to disaster, heartbreak and stress. Some mornings, the kids are fighting before I even get out of bed. Some mornings, my panic attack starts before my feet even touch the floor and I have to weigh the consequences of taking an in-case-of-emergency pill that early in the morning... Read more »

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor
I like to think I’m a pretty bang-up detective when I need to be. In fact, I’m convinced one day I’ll rent space in a brownish/grayish/oldish-looking building somewhere and hang out a worn wooden sign: Intini, P.I. The only thing keeping me from this dream of mine is not knowing the difference  between a private... Read more »

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand
There are moments while parenting when I sit back and think, “Well, this is a huge waste of time.” There are times when I’m stuck driving to yet another soccer practice, choir concert or driving a car filled with loud teenagers home from a club meeting and I think of all the millions of things... Read more »
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Sometimes even mom needs help

I had no idea that learning to mow the lawn would be so difficult. I couldn't even get it started. My teen jumped in and pushed me away.
I used to believe that strength and success meant never asking for help, never admitting that I couldn’t do something on my own. I spent years working so hard to maintain a facade, which I thought would ultimately lead to happiness and serenity. Statistics were never on my side, yet I was determined to have... Read more »

Five People You Should Always Avoid

As a mother, there are so many things I want to tell my children. In a perfect world, I would sit them down Ted-Mowsby-style and tell them a seemingly never-ending series of anecdotes. My children would sit patiently for hours and listen as I told uncomfortable stories from my past. I would finish my story-telling... Read more »

Working Mothers: Dad is More Than Capable

My husband, Peter, stepped away from his job last year and we took an uncertain leap, launching our 7-year-old part-time business and my writing career into a full-time gig. And while I am at peace with our decision, what rocked me the most was the guilt that I wouldn’t be the primary caregiver of our... Read more »
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From Sprout to Blossom: When Kids Grow Up

He continues to grow, despite the fact that I tell him not to. I try to swaddle him up in a blanket but his long lanky legs and bony knees stick out the end of the fabric that once tucked around his entire body. He tells me he is a big boy now; that he... Read more »

Teen Driving: Driver's Ed is Nothing like Kindergarten

Teen Driving: Driver's Ed is Nothing like Kindergarten
My teen is driving. Well, she is not technically driving at this moment nor has she actually driven a real motorized vehicle. However, she will be driving. Soon. She turned 15 last October, and I stopped sleeping anticipating her request: Mama, can I take Driver’s Ed? But she never asked. I never offered. I started sleeping once... Read more »

My Mom Taught Me Everything I Know about Being a Good Man

My Mom Taught Me Everything I Know about Being a Good Man
by Patrick O’Hara, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor I realize we are a couple of weeks removed from Mother’s Day,  but there aren’t a lot of spots open on that day in a parenting-themed blog. This post serves as a show of my appreciation to my mom and also as her belated Mother’s Day gift.... Read more »
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10 Field Trip Survival Tips to Read Before You Volunteer

10 Field Trip Survival Tips to Read Before You Volunteer
I’ll admit it: I’m the queen of volunteering for things I would rather avoid, including field trips. This morning when all normal stay-at-home parents kiss their children good-bye, close the door and go back to bed, I grabbed an armload of mostly unnecessary items (umbrella, purse-sized first aid kit, 2 water-bottles,  bag of grapes, granola bars,... Read more »