Never heard of the Concentric Circle of Responsibility? My counselor introduced it to me, and it’s going to help me be a better parent.
Ever wonder why Clark Kent could NEVER be a dad? t’s a pretty simple parenting conundrum actually.
Rather than creating a list of all the things I’d like to change or accomplish this year, I’m writing down four things that I’m giving up as a working mom in 2015. By the time I open my office door, I’m not only overloaded with thoughts of what I have to accomplish at work, but I’m already thinking about what I need to get done once I get home.
Me: “Gabby, have you practiced piano today?” Gabby: “No, ma’am.” Me: “And why not?” Gabby: “I don’t know. I just forgot.” Me: “What do you mean you forgot? Gab, you know you have to practice every day…” So goes the beginning of my lecture to my daughter about her commitment to playing the piano. She’s […]
My daughter recently celebrated her 10th birthday. And as I spent the last couple of weeks planning her party, it occurred to me that this is also my 10th anniversary as a mother. Time has flown by so quickly that it’s hard to believe somebody has been walking around calling me momma/mommy/mom for an entire […]
It’s that time of year again. Have you made your list of all the ways you’re going to make yourself, and your life, better? As 2013 comes to a close, I find myself with the typical resolutions and yes, many are repeats: Eat Healthier Exercise More Save Money Look familiar? The truth is we should […]
If you’re like me, your Facebook feed has been covered with articles about marriage lately. The article that started it off, Marriage Isn’t For You by Seth Adams began a veritable landslide of marriage perspective articles. While I don’t agree with everything written in these articles and reactions, it did make me stop and think a […]
Show of hands. How many of you heard that phrase above as a kid, and vowed never to say it when you had kids of your own? Umm hmm. Yep, I thought so. Well, I recently heard it come out of my mouth and had to do a little self-evaluation… I admit it. I can […]
Food, fun, and games are headed back to Huntsville as the second annual Community Awareness for Youth event is set to take place from 10:00 AM – 2:00PM on August 18 at the Jaycees Fairground. Targeted for kids in grades seven through twelve, the event is open to families of all ages and free to […]
Her screams could be heard halfway across the store. Walking by, I heard her mother say, “No! We are not going BACK to the bathroom! We’re not going to spend all our time at the store in the bathroom.” The screaming resumed with even greater intensity. “But I want to! I have to go! I […]
Babywearing, or the practice of keeping your baby close to you in a carrier, is gaining momentum as the public is becoming more and more aware of the benefits. However, getting started can seem a little overwhelming with all the available options, styles of carriers and schools of thought on the “right” way to wear […]
With the start of another school year, it’s important for both students AND parents to prepare themselves for the 1,080 hours kids will spend in the classroom this year. One local school is starting off on a high note and hosting a free event for parents this Thursday. Dr. Rob Evans, a clinical and organizational […]
*Sadly (for you, NOT me), I have no photographic proof of the incident I describe in this post. So instead, I have scattered various pictures from the trip throughout the blog. But trust me, I could never make up something this ridiculous and embarrassing to get myself into. Every word is true.* “I will be […]
The first weekend of August brings an abundance of fun things to do in town – some brand-new and some singing their swan song of summer. Be sure to check out our Garage and Yard Sale page for a handy map of where all the sales are taking place, and be sure to look at […]
Do you have other tips on saving during the upcoming tax-free weekend? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!
One question I get (along with socialization) is, “How on EARTH do you do it?” Usually, this translates to “How do you get your kid to listen to you?” which usually gets lumped in with “I have no patience” and “How do you keep from going crazy?” I usually answer with: “I’ve always been my […]
I refer to them as “bubble moments”, although I didn’t really name them that. They were sort of adopted under that moniker due to the circumstances that first made me aware of them. See, most parents I know have kids that are close in age. I can see where that’s a handful; that’s a lot […]
1. Spend more time laughing and less time yelling. 2. Realize that the time children spend clinging to you is much shorter than the time they spend pushing you away. 3. Teach patience by example. 4. Enjoy the small moments and stop worrying about documenting all of them. 5. Appreciate the beauty of simple pleasures.