Finding Joy in Imperfection See those hearts on the right? I made those. You know those school projects where the kids are supposed to bring in something innocuous, like say, valentines? And you realize with dismay that your five-year-old is more likely to cut off her pinky than cut a heart-shape a dozen times over?
“The secret of success is consistency of purpose.” — Benjamin Disraeli I’m aware that it sounds like inconsistent parenting is a kind of parenthood that you get to start and stop at will, and oh, how I wish that was the case. I would love nothing more than a pause button at four a.m. when […]
As soon as they were interested in rummaging through their clothes drawers, I’ve encouraged my kids to dress themselves. This is mostly because I’m lazy; why dress my kids when they’ll save me a few minutes doing it themselves, and have more fun in the process?
I always feel so blessed to have two children that get along so well. I’m like the princess of disclaimers though, so I have to point out that there are plenty of times they don’t get along, and that I know their relationship will change over time. But overall, they are unbelievably sweet to each […]
The spouse-unit & I like to visit Waldorf schools where ever we go. It’s an odd thing, but I think it has something to do with how easily we fall in love with new places and have closet dreams of moving there some day, in a parallel universe. The first consideration is often school for […]
Yes, it’s not a quite the romantic walk in the park, but getting the grandparents to babysit for weeks on end while you and your honey sleep in? Priceless.
A mom friend recently asked me what we do in the afternoons. The topic had come up since I explained that we live in this odd area where the traffic is atrocious between 3-7pm, and that I hate trying to rush home with small children from a park or play date in traffic at 5pm. […]
We have a slightly warped version of Halloween in our house. I think it started when we failed to explain anything spooky or scary the first year. Or, the second year. Our logic was this: how do you explain something scary? Or rather why would you want to tell your angelic little toddler about scary […]
This is going to be a bit ramble-y, but it’s a Monday, so bear with me. :-) At a recent doctor’s appointment, both the nurse and the doctor asked me about my children. The conversation went something like this: Nurse: So, any plans for the weekend? Me: *fibro-fogged* Umm, what day is it? Nurse: Friday! […]
A pithy review of Discipline Without Distress: 135 tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment or bribery by Judy Arnall.