Taking Back Our Free Time and Resisting (Parent) Peer Pressure

Mar 12, 2014 by

“You have to pick a spring sport.”

These words just came out of my mouth, directed at my five year old son. After swearing up and down that I would never force my children into extracurriculars that they didn’t want to do, I caught myself doing exactly that. Why? I don’t know. My son is not even remotely interested in taking on a sport this spring. He goes to school five days a week, my husband works full-time, and I work part time, including many weekend hours. We have precious little time where all four of us are home. And also…he is five.

So why the heck am I forcing my child to “pick a spring sport” like he’s a college freshman choosing a P.E. elective?

Spring Cleaning Projects

Mar 5, 2014 by

At the risk of sounding like a 1950′s housewife and/or crazy lady, I’d like to say that the arrival of March has made me really excited for some spring cleaning. My house is what I’d call “broom clean”…generally clean, but not really organized. We moved in well over four years ago, but we stashed lots of things in closets, the basement, and the attic to be organized “later”. Well, believe it or not, “later” is just now arriving. That coupled with the fact that I am feeling like we’re overrun with toys makes me look forward to focusing on organization.

A Week of Working-Mom Friendly Dinners

Feb 26, 2014 by

I have always really liked cooking. Making dinner was something I never minded (ahem, before kids…), and I often spent weekends trying out fancy new recipes. However, that has all changed in my five years of motherhood. Cooking has taken a backseat for sure these days, and for awhile, we started relying on take-out an awful lot. Expensive and not terribly healthy.

What has saved me tons of aggravation and money is meal planning. I used to buy a bunch of staples at the store (e.g., ground beef, chicken breast, rice, veggies, etc.) mostly based on sales but not have a really clear “plan” for the week. Each night, 5:30 pm would arrive, and I’d be panicked and trying to combine ingredients into a balanced meal while my children melted on the floor in front of me. So, I started meal planning.

Kindergarten Readiness: What should your child know?

Feb 19, 2014 by

I can hardly believe it’s time to think about the next school year, but it is. In fact, it’s actually approaching the time when it’s late to be thinking about the next school year. Many public and private preschool application deadlines are fast approaching, and if you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall, it’s time to contact your district and send in your child’s kindergarten registration forms. With full day kindergarten becoming the norm in Connecticut and changes to the academic curriculum, many parents I know are panicked about ensuring their children are ready for kindergarten.

Dear Boys: This is what you were REALLY like…(volume two)

Feb 12, 2014 by

A Letter to my Grown Sons: Second Edition

Two years ago, I wrote a letter to my future adult sons. I did this because I know, someday when I become a grandmother, my “mom-nesia” will kick in and I’ll forget how hard, while also wonderful, funny, and precious, these years are. As I said back in February of 2012 when I wrote the first one, “These will tell the real story of what they were like as babies, toddlers, kids, and teens. These letters will, hopefully, explain some of the behaviors they see in their own children, and temper my nostalgia.” Here’s the latest version! 

Evidence that you sometimes stopped fighting :)

Evidence that you sometimes stopped fighting :)

Dear Nate and Josh,

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