Because the internet needs just one more back-to-school blog post

Sep 5, 2014 by

Like many of my mom friends, this week brought about change for our family as my daughter started pre-kindergarten. The last few days and all their necessary adjustments have certainly created their fair share of struggles (dropped-nap-that-she-used-to-take-during-the-time-that-she’s-now-in-school, this side eye is meant for you) and leaving my daughter in the care of near strangers – another first for us – made me feel like I was walking around without a limb that afternoon. But rather than focus on the our rough patches this week, I’m going to take a moment to share the positives of all of these changes, however small they may seem. I have a feeling you mamas are going to feel me here. Yes, in the first 2.5 hours of being alone while my child was in school, I went grocery shopping, BUT:

How parenting made me better at my job (even when no one else believed it)

Aug 29, 2014 by

I spent the last three years coaching a group of high school cheerleaders. It was something I had wanted to do for years, and it was as rewarding as it was challenging.

As contradictory as it may seem for a cheerleading coach, I’m an introvert. I find large groups of loud people to be draining of my energy, so you can imagine how I felt after spending an evening every day with a group of teenage girls. And in coaching, you fight some of the same battles as you do in parenting; how to get someone to follow an instruction they may not want to, working your way through conflict amongst teammates, and handling those circumstances when their personalities might, at times, clash with yours.

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.

Holding on to sentiment

Aug 15, 2014 by

I’m not a sentimental person – just ask my mom. My mom saves everything and remembers everything. I didn’t get this trait from her. I don’t save much and can’t remember anything. My daughter is only three and I have a hard time remembering when she hit her milestones. My mom can remember a grade she got on a test in the third grade. Sometimes I wish I was more like her in this sense.

My mom passed along a cardboard box of news clippings, report cards and mementos from my childhood that she had lovingly kept for me; I lost them all when our basement flooded, having never gotten around to finding a better way to store them. I’m way behind on putting pictures in photo albums; I didn’t even take many photos until I got my iPhone which, in the grand scheme of things means that many years and activities went undocumented. I never kept a baby book; I knew I’d never use it. I even lost the free paper growth book our pediatrician gave me to track my daughter’s height and weight. I started a “thought a day” journal when my daughter was born and stuck with that for longer than I thought – two out of the five years it allowed for.

Choosing mindful parenting

Aug 8, 2014 by

One of my greatest mothering fears is that I’ll be a pushover parent. I don’t like conflict in general, so I try to avoid it, but that’s obviously not realistic in many situations, especially parenting. But I don’t want the fact that I don’t like disagreements to rule my parenting choices, causing me to let poor behavior slide and allowing rules to fly out the window. Actually, parenting my daughter is perhaps the one area of my life where I’m most comfortable setting and reinforcing boundaries, as difficult or unpopular with the three-year-old set as that may be.

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