Pour Your Heart Out: Parenting Peer Pressure

Parenting approaches differ from household to household. Boundaries, beliefs, discipline and values are just a few of the differences. I, like most parents I presume, have an opinion about what is "good parenting" versus what is "not so good parenting". There are things I see in other families that I think, "there is no way … Continue reading Pour Your Heart Out: Parenting Peer Pressure

Being a parent can suck the life right out of you

"How did it go?" asked DW, his voice meeting me in the darkness. "Today, I don't want to be a parent," I replied, crawling back under the covers. One piece of advice I must never forget was given to me by a MOPS mentor mom. She told me that when making disciplinary choices, the hardest … Continue reading Being a parent can suck the life right out of you

How to Go From Hero to Zero

I was riding an emotional high after the flip-flop incident. I was the Hero. My self-esteem had moved up a few points, my chest was a smudge puffed up. I'm not going to lie, I probably would have patted myself on the back a few times if I could have reached it. Having my daughter … Continue reading How to Go From Hero to Zero

Half-Truths, White Lies and All That’s In Between

The Tortoise had her phone taken away a few weeks ago for being disrespectful.  At the same time I put it away, she received a text. I really wasn't trying to be sneaky, just curious. Maybe it was an important text for school. (Or maybe I just felt like I had the right to look … Continue reading Half-Truths, White Lies and All That’s In Between

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I don't like clutter, especially on the kitchen counter. Papers are the worst. The amount of crap my kids leave everyday is staggering, probably a whole trees worth. Several recycle bins live in our garage, carefully labeled to avoid confusion. The paper bin, unfortunately, is the least filled. We have a bad habit of throwing … Continue reading File 13