Category: children

Spring Cleaning: Home Office and Paperwork for Week 4 of the Simple Mom Challenge

This room has been a rotating mess since we moved into our new house last June. First it held all of our baby shower gifts, then all of the hand-me-down baby clothes from my sister, then it became my home office, then the keeper of all things paper! For months after Mr. C was born... Read more »

What Makes a Good Mom?

What Makes a Good Mom?
I’ve been reading a lot lately about how stay at home moms and working moms feel about motherhood and its duties. There are moms who choose to stay home, and moms who have to go back to work to survive. There are also moms who choose to go back to work because they want to,... Read more »

Breastfeeding a 4 year old?

Recently, a friend told me a story about being asked to vacate a room at her doctor’s office so a mother could breastfeed her four-year-old child. Another friend of mine likes to tell the story about a mom she met who only fed her child breast milk until the age of two.  We all hear... Read more »
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Am I Raising A Hoarder Or Am I Just Paranoid?

Am I Raising A Hoarder Or Am I Just Paranoid?
Quirks. Everyone has a trait which may seem peculiar to some, while others find these qualities amusing and cute. I noticed it about a year ago; my 2-year-old, Anne, gathering “special” items and placing them in “special” bags. “Isn’t that sweet,” I thought, as Anne collected small animals and stickers, tucking them away in her... Read more »

Stress... with soreness and swelling?

Stress... with soreness and swelling?
During my 30 some years of life, I feel like I’ve been through a lot – crazy jobs, lay-offs, break ups, moving, recession, losing loved ones and giving birth early. Unfortunately, they all cause stress. Since becoming parents and Mr. C. has been home, my husband and I have adapted and fallen into a good... Read more »

Should 5-Year-Olds Kiss Their Friends on the Lips?

It’s a little hard to define things for small children and a few subjects have been recurring lately for my almost 5-year-old. Death, marriage, and love to be specific. Death I tend to be vague about and plainly say when someone dies, they go to Heaven and live with Jesus. (Our personal family belief.) I... Read more »
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Keeping up with the Jetsons

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Sunday morning I was at the kitchen table trying to get some work done before the day got crazy. Leo threw herself dramatically into the chair across from me and shot me a frustrated look. Over my laptop, I shot her back a “what’s up?”   “MOM…I need an iPhone.” “Really? You need an iPhone?” “Yes.” “You’re... Read more »

When I grow up...

The question had been asked of me countless times. My parents, teachers, and even my friends seemed relentless in their quest to understand my deepest ambitions and translate them into a simple career goal. As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t answer their “what are you going to be?” question. I was 8. I dwelled on the matter.... Read more »

Keeping Your Sanity During The Snowpocalypse, Blizzardgate, etc.

It looks like anyone who lives in the middle of the country is about to be snowed in. If you have been watching t.v. coverage of the weather, the upcoming blizzard is akin to the apocalypse. Pretty soon we will be trapped in our houses with our noses pressed against the window, watching the snow... Read more »
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Struggling to catch my breath at the half-way point

There was no denying the fact that the school year was indeed half-way over as my boys clutched their crisp white envelopes in their hands, standing before me, nervous in their anticipation and craving my praise. It probably seems a little early to begin ruminating on the 2010-2011 school year; however, as a mother of... Read more »