I’m not a Free-Range Mom, but it’s ok if you are. I think? Landing the Helicopter and surveying the scene.

Aug 22, 2014 by

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It’s a nematode? Just keep reading, it’ll make sense later. (image via wikimedia commons)

 

I think a lot of the judgment issues among parents (and from non-parents toward parents) arises from a fear of the unknown.  This article by famous free-ranger Lenore Skenazy came up on my Facebook newsfeed, and nestled beneath the share I found a host of sympathetic comments.  I read the comments before I read the article.  I wanted to post my comment at that point, but I didn’t want to be one of those Facebook commenters who comment without reading the article in question, so I read the article.  Then I posted my comment.

“It’s all about the Tiger Growl”

Aug 22, 2014 by

Our 2 ½ year old was going through (I hope it’s over) an age appropriate phase of biting and hitting. It began a few months ago when she bit her BFF at daycare, how upsetting right?! It broke my heart that she would hurt her friend and even though daycare doesn’t disclose who bites your child, since I knew the mother well, I decided to talk with her about it in front of both girls.

I went up to the mother with M and apologized for her behavior and asked the little girl how she felt after she was bitten. As I was talking to the mother and daughter, M was looking at her BFF the whole time. I looked down and said, “What’s wrong M?.” She said “I sorry for biting my friend.” I then told her how proud I was of her for understanding how sad her friend was.

When life gives you a dentist appointment, make a date day

Aug 22, 2014 by

Six months ago, my husband and I unknowingly booked dentist appointments for the same day, at the same time. We didn’t realize we had done this until I was flipping through the mail I had taken from the box and wondered why they sent me two appointment reminders.

My husband decided to take the whole day off, and it turned out to be the first date day we’d had in a very long time. It was great; we went out to lunch and did whatever we wanted to for an entire day! When we left the dentist that morning, we were sure to make our appointments at the same time at our six month follow up.

I’m ALIVE….

Aug 22, 2014 by

Can I tell you ladies why I am so freaking happy right now that I could scream?! I am literally beaming from ear to ear.

Take a guess?

Did I win the Lottery?

NOPE

Did I get a promotion at work?

NOPE

Did I suddenly lose 20 pounds by eating ice cream?

I WISH!

No ladies the biggest accomplishment for a mother with a baby occurred in the last week.

MY DAUGHTER IS SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!

This is the moment that angels sung and a world celebration started to begin.

HAPPY DANCE for this lady!

HAPPY DANCE for this lady!

He’s Doing His Job…And I’m Doing Mine

Aug 22, 2014 by

I thought that after the toddler stages, parenting would get easier – less “hands-on.” And it did…for awhile.  But parenting an adolescent is tough work. Although I don’t have to remind him not to run in a parking lot, I still need to be aware of what’s happening in his world and be there to listen, offer suggestions (not always solutions), and empathize.

This summer we had our share of growing pains.  We’re working on drawing that fine line between nagging and reminding. To which I usually receive an exasperated, “I know!!” (Enter logic: If you knew, why didn’t you do it?). We bicker more. He talks back.  He has an attitude.  It’s not even conscious. It’s almost like there’s an internal energy that’s pushing back – rebelling.  I remind him that it’s not acceptable to speak to me disrespectfully.  He apologizes.

Is it really time for school?

Aug 21, 2014 by

I have to be honest, I feel a little blah and indifferent about the impending start of school for the kids. I feel like I should be rejoicing about back-to-school time just like all the other moms who are just burned out from a summer’s worth of attempting-to-entertain-the-restless-masses time.

But it went by too fast. I’m not really rejoicing that summer is over. Maybe I’m in denial about back-to-school time. I feel a little like summer never happened. We didn’t go on vacation, I didn’t really spend much time by the pool and I didn’t really feel the anxiety about having to entertain the boys while school was out for summer.

But I see that my wife (who has been home with them during the daytime all summer) is quite happy to do the back-to-school dance every waking minute between now and 8 am Monday morning when BOTH of our boys get on the big yellow bus.

One on One

Aug 21, 2014 by

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Yesterday  I stayed home with Jake.  I was called to school the day before to pick him up early due to a fever, and he was just so blah and un-Jake like.  Sad, actually.  When it came time to make the call to keep him home for the day, his warm forehead did the talking.  A day at home nursing a sore throat and fever were on the agenda.

After we dropped Livvy off at daycare we stopped by my parent’s house for a little while.  It’s funny- Livvy will have been with us for a year next month, and having Jake all alone to myself for the day felt so strange! So different! And at times? Nice.  I can count on two hands the amount of times I’ve seen him over-react a little bit, act out, or just plain beg for attention from me when Livvy is around.  And who can blame him? A tiny baby really demands your attention like nothing I’ve ever seen.  Jake was used to being the top banana, and now here he is, trying to compete for Momma Time with his cute, needy, sweetly little sister.

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