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8 Things Every Frazzled Mom Needs to Hear

8 things every every frazzle mom needs to hear - Parenting makes you overwhelmed, weary, tired, and grumpy. These 8 truths from God and other moms will help you to cheer up and stay positive even in the challenges of motherhood.

Being a mom of two big kids – one a tween and the other in first grade – is a pretty sweet gig. They are still little enough to be lovey, and the first grader still wants to hold my hand everywhere we go. But I don’t have to remind them to look before they cross the street, and they never run off into a crowd. They sometimes let me hug and kiss them, and occasionally, they even ask for it. Best of all, they feed themselves, wipe their own butts, and even play outside once in a while, all … Read more

5 Ways to Unwind After a Long Week

Before I became a mom, Saturday nights were for going out. They were for drinking and parties and friends and sometimes even dancing (but not usually because I am far too uptight for all that). Saturday nights now have a distinctly different flavor. It’s more of a enjoy the peace and quiet because the kids are sleeping kind of fun. Or, better (?) yet, I usually have a slumber party with the kids in my bed on Saturday night, and I go to sleep with them. Since I work late into the evenings during the week, I spend this special time … Read more

Banish Crabby Mom

Banish Crabby Mom

I have a confession to make. I struggle with being a crabby mom. That’s right, me, all beautiful messy life and live fully tattoo, and I struggle with being a grumpy mom day in and day out. I have my own things to do, you know? I have to clean the bathroom and do the laundry and tidy the dining room and sweep the floor and pick up all the toys we’ve ever owned fifteen times a day. Those things by themselves would be a challenge, but add in two small people who want me to play and read every … Read more

35 Things I Hope My Kids Will Say About Me Someday

I have been making calendars for my grandparents and parents since 1998. The last time we visited, Old Grandma got out the first couple for Joe to see. One of the earliest ones had a poem in it, one line per month. It went something like this: When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw your hang my painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you tenderly care for dogs and cats and ducks, and I learned to be kind to animals. When you thought I wasn’t looking, … Read more

It Never Goes Away, But It Does Get Better

Before your first child is born, you think you understand parenthood. You are sure you’re prepared. You have strong opinions and all the answers. Then the baby comes, and you realize that you didn’t even know how much you didn’t know. You realize that you were clueless and completely unprepared for the reality of parenting. You understand that all parents share a special bond because we’ve all experienced the same floundering. You realize that no one without children can comprehend the confusing mix of emotions you’re experiencing or the depth of those feelings. Losing your mother is just like becoming … Read more

Silent Children are Up to No Good and 30 Other Parenting Truths

Truths in Parenting

You are never going to feel caught up. Your children will leave the house without underwear at embarrassing times. Silent children are up to no good, almost always making a giant mess somewhere. Other people probably don’t find your children and their shenanigans quite as cute as you do. You are the parent; act like it! Raise a kid that other people want to be around. (from Jacqueline) Children never nap long enough. Or children nap too long and then stay up half the night. You will pick up the same toys over and over, every day, and every time, you … Read more