Tag: parenting

Some days are better than others

Some days are better than others
My husband and I have come to the realization that some days are better than others. We used to get caught up on the bad days, feeling paralyzed in our negativity. And then, when the good days came, we'd feel a weight lift, like everything would always be okay. Inevitably, though, we'd have another bad day, and get down on ourselves...
These kids fight constantly. They're going to be the adult siblings that never speak to each other. Wow- I can't believe how well they're building that Lego tower together. They're definitely going to vacation together when they're older! We're having the same argument again. Are we just always going to resent each other? Oh my gosh- he's making me laugh so hard. Maybe we can get the pre-kids "us" back! This baby is never going to sleep through the night... Huh- the baby hasn't woken in the night in forever. This is amazing!
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Six ways this pessimist practices gratitude

Six ways this pessimist practices gratitude
It's true: I believe that I'm a pessimist at heart. I work hard to be positive, but it IS work for me. To be fair, I think it's human nature to notice the bad and overlook the good. Here are six ways this pessimist practices gratitude: ...

I'm heavier than I was at this time last year...but I'm happier

I'm heavier than I was at this time last year...but I'm happier
If you compare the photos of me from last September to this one, it's not that crazy. Like many of us, I'm probably the only one that notices the weight gain. People are always paying less attention to us than we think, amaright? Last year was my year to get my body back, and I ran a marathon. This year, as the ball dropped on New Year's Eve, I kissed my husband and said, "My New Year's Resolution is to be kinder to you." But, I knew that "being kinder" was too vague; it wasn't a measurable goal. So I started working backwards: What makes me edgy? When do I feel resentment? Two of the biggest culprits were not getting enough sleep and fitting too much in. Sound familiar? We moms, especially, feel like we need to do it all. And be, like, really good at it all. When I was a teacher, I learned that there's always something more you can do for your students. It's the same for your children when you become a mom. But do you know who I become when I squeeze it all in? MEAN MOMMY. Mean Mommy looks awesome on Facebook. She's logged in as various aliases: Pinterest Mom, PTO Mom, Marathon Mom, CEO Mom. I'm not saying that if you're one of these moms, then you're also Mean Mommy. I'm saying that I was...and sometimes still am. Last October, my friend Emily texted me, calling me "Supermom." My heart sank...
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Ten reflections from ten days with a newborn

Ten reflections from ten days with a newborn
Our family welcomed Baby Boy #2 on October 18th! Here are ten reflections from the first ten days with our lil' man: 1) You feel all warm and fuzzy. No, seriously: newborns radiate heat, and chances are that they're also wrapped in a blanket. Says my husband on a daily basis, "This kid is about 1,000 degrees." And yes: the figurative warm fuzzies are there, too. 2) You become Quasimodo. That's right. It seems that you are always hunched over for something: feeding, changing diapers, soothing and snuggling. And you thought sitting at your computer was bad. Pfff. 3) You will never eat this well again. Ever. Friends, family, neighbors, and church/temple members are constantly bringing food. They either bring you their specialty or amazing comfort cuisine (usually accompanied by a naughty dessert). My husband and I both agree that the meals, alone, are reason enough to have another kid...

Top 6 reasons to commit to a hobby RIGHT NOW

Top 6 reasons to commit to a hobby RIGHT NOW
Below are my top 6 reasons to commit to a hobby RIGHT NOW. My number one hobby is rehearsing and performing with The Chicago Red Line. If you like inappropriate, adult humor coupled with impressive musical talent, then check out our show this Friday or Saturday...

Be responsible: Drive 86 in a 65

Be responsible: Drive 86 in a 65
This weekend, we were responsible parents. We got a speeding ticket for driving 86 mph in a 65. Responsible parents?! Why yes. Not because of our shameful speed, or the fact that our child was in the car while doing so. Responsible in the fact of how we handled it...
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Don't go to sleep without hugging this person

Don't go to sleep without hugging this person
A parent. Go hug a parent. Even if it's you. Parenting is hard. It's the hardest and best thing you will ever do. It hurts my heart to see someone's parenthood end too soon...