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Mar25
Mothering Meltdowns, Keep Them to Yourself

Mothering Meltdowns, Keep Them to Yourself

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My bigger hope is that by parenting them with loving firmness that when they are adults we will be friends. That they will see the rationale behind my parenting. That they will know beyond all doubt that every thing I did was out of love.

Everything single thing.

Mar16
Forgiving Others Is Easy, What About Forgiving Yourself

Forgiving Others Is Easy, What About Forgiving Yourself

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I always liked Lent; I remember it being a time to have a redo of your New Year’s resolution. It was a time when you could choose to do something or sacrifice something for 40 days. And 40 days was a lot more appealing than 365 days. Even now as an adult I still use Lent as a time to reflect and maybe make some changes that will stick around after the 40 days are over.

Feb18
Youth Sports, They’ll Make you Crazy If You Let Them

Youth Sports, They’ll Make you Crazy If You Let Them

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Yet it is easy to get sucked in when you hear about what other parents are doing. It is easy to worry that you are putting your child at a disadvantage. But when thoughts like that invade my head I ask myself honestly, at a disadvantage for what? Winning another dust collecting trophy?

Feb11
Ten Things The Baby Books Miss

Ten Things The Baby Books Miss

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The front door opens and shuts. In walks my teenage son.

Uh, Mom?
Yes?
I crashed the car.

I turned to my friend.

You know? There isn’t a place for this in the baby book.

Jan28
Letting Your Kids Go

Letting Your Kids Go

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One of the most difficult things I have found about being a mother surprised me. It wasn’t the sleepless nights or the tantrums. It wasn’t the whining or the endless bickering. It wasn’t even the fights about going to bed and then the same fights about getting up in the morning. No, the most difficult thing about being a mother has been letting them go.

Jan19
I Am Not Giving My Kids Everything

I Am Not Giving My Kids Everything

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As the years have passed and my children have grown, I realize I don’t give my children everything. And even more importantly, I don’t want to give my children everything.

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