Coping When School is Hard

Sep 2, 2015 by

This time of year is rough for parents whose kids have a hard time with school. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with articles about managing the transition back to school, tales of how everyone’s kids seem to just run off the bus excited to tell their parents about how great their school day was, stories of crying moms when their kids walked right into the classroom confidently without looking back. The overwhelming advice seems to be “Don’t stress, parents! It’s harder on you than it is on them!”

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Celebrating Summer with a YES Day!

Aug 19, 2015 by

Two years ago, CTWM blogger Elise blogged about having a “Yes Day” with her son, a special day where she said “yes” to his requests, no matter how crazy they sounded. It planted a seed in my mind of something I’d like to try when my sons were older, but like so many other ideas (hello, everything on Pinterest ever!) it got pushed to the back of my mind…that is, until my older son came home from school this past May raving about the book Yes Day that his teacher had read aloud. “Please please PLEASE can we have a Yes Day this summer?” he begged. I told him we would, but it would be a surprise as to when “Yes Day” would happen. On a Friday a few weeks ago, I decided it was Yes Day. The kids woke up and ate breakfast as usual (because I did not want to deal with the consequences of a sugary Yes Day start to the day, thankyouverymuch), then I called them to the kitchen to announce that Yes Day had officially arrived. I expected squeals of delight and clapping but I got…crickets. “Ohhhh yay!” they said unenthusiastically, and suspiciously wandered outside to play. No requests at all! To be honest, I was a little let down.

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Making Easy Beach Memories

Aug 5, 2015 by

I am feeling really lucky for living so close to the ocean these days. I’m certainly not living in a “costal town”, but living within a 30 minute drive to several CT beaches on the Long Island Sound is something I never take for granted, especially during summer. Whenever we find ourselves with summer downtime, we head to the beach. Fortunately, my boys love it as much as I do. In this spirit of encouraging our readers to enjoy the local beaches more, here’s some beach-y inspiration for your next trip!

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Eating my Words Like Pez

Jul 22, 2015 by

Before I had my sons, I was certain I had the whole parenting thing figured out. I’d studied education in school, taught young children for my job, and read parenting books by the dozens. I was so ready for this.

Reality check: Newborn babies were nothing like I thought they were. That sounds so silly to say, but I was the first of my friends to have children by a solid five years, and my concept of “newborns” was, in fact, more like a four month old baby. Newborns are actually terrifying. Don’t get me wrong, I rush at the chance to see brand new babies when my friends have them, but holy smokes! This was all eye-opening for me seven years ago. The panicked wailing, the bright red skin, the itty-bity diapers, the careful monitoring of poop and pee, the total lack of sleep…it’s completely overwhelming. As most parents will admit, many of my well-laid plans flew out the window. My plan to have a well-scheduled, easy child was replaced with a commitment to full-on attachment parenting in attempt to simply survive the horror that is colic. I answered the door to see our poor UPS man’s red face, only realizing I was holding a nursing baby while signing for a package after the fact. I nursed on-demand, co-slept, baby-wore, all out of necessity for my own sanity.

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Summering On The Other Side

Jul 8, 2015 by

I cannot even believe I’m about to write this post, but guys? It gets so much better.

You see, this was my summer four years ago:

Yes, they were cute. Very cute. Yes, I miss babies sometimes. But in addition to adorably squishy babies, I see sheer, draining exhaustion when I look at these photos. That particular summer pictured above, with a 2 year old and a newborn, was a rough one. My firstborn wasn’t a great sleeper, and I was nursing a baby around the clock. It was an especially hot summer, and I learned quickly the unpleasantness that is nursing in 105 degrees fahrenheit in the sand. Did I mention I was also in graduate school at the time? I love nothing more than day trips with my family, but it was admittedly hard to get out the door for groceries that summer, let alone a day at the Peabody with lunch at Pepe’s.

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