parenting

07 Jun walking the line

Living with two children under four, there's a tension between over-the-moon joyful and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Or more accurately: waiting for the next hit, bite, fall, crash, time-out or hurt feeling.For the mama, it's delightful and utterly exhausting. I try to...

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03 Jun irony

Me: Get in your seats, kids. Your oatmeal is ready.B: We don't have time to eat, Mommy. We're too busy taking care of our babies.Reminder: Giveaway ends tonight. Enter by commenting on Tuesday's post! I'll announce the winner on Saturday. ...

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19 May positive reinforcement

Me: B, you get a pink star for being a good listener today. And another star for being helpful. B: Yes, but sometimes I pick my nose a little bit.Me: I don't have space on the sticker chart for that. B: There are whales underwater,...

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25 Jan pause. taste. repeat.

. When things start to feel dim, I try to remember salted caramel.When my bones ache from exhaustion, I close my eyes and try to taste it. Sweet. Savory. Warm. Buttery.  I'd like to thank the Frenchman who, perhaps on a whim, thought to mar...

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11 Jan Overheard

I'm always jotting down funny things the kids say. Or ridiculous things Kris and I say that we never imagined we'd ever say in those blissfully ignorant days before children. Here are a few recent favorites: -- "Well, yes, actually I do sometimes let her pee outside....

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02 Dec should you have a baby?

I have a lot of friends and family members who are childless, and occasionally someone will ask me some variation of the question: How did you know you wanted to have kids? For some, it’s simply curiosity. How did you know? For others, there’s an...

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03 Nov Halloween candy exchange

Like many of us, I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween candy. I can't resist it, but my body always protests with a rollercoaster of sugar spikes and then complete lethargy that makes me want to crawl into a hole and hibernate for several weeks....

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