Author: Elise Schreier

10 Things My Kids Have Learned from Fostering Dogs

Shortly after we closed our license as foster parents for the State of CT, we decided to try our hand at fostering pups. We connected with a local rescue organization and have now had 4 foster dogs through our home with many more to come. Did I mention we also have 3 adopted rescue dogs of our own? We like to stay on the brink of sanity busy. I’m sure there are people who would think we are crazy for taking unknown dogs into a home with 3 children, but, with the proper safeguards firmly in place, it has been a wonderful...

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Are We There Yet?

There are approximately 5 weeks left of the school year. I have 5 more weeks with a 5th, 2nd, and 1st grader. I’m not sure who is more enthusiastic in their countdown…my tween who is about to leave elementary school behind for the big leagues of middle school…or me. 5 more weeks. I say that over and over in my mind ‘Little Engine That Could’ style. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… Given the ages of my kids, this is not my first go-round with the end-of-school-year crazies, but man alive, as they...

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Top 5 Ways I’m a Better Employee as a Mom

I’ve got about 15 years into my career and those years are fairly evenly split between having children and not. It’s interesting for me to look back at the way my career has shaped up and what impact having children may have had on it.  I was recently filling out my yearly self-assessment, reflecting on my strengths and “opportunities’ (love those corporate buzz words), and I have to be honest, I’m a pretty kick-ass employee – even with 3 young kids at home.  In fact, I’m bringing so much more to the table now than I ever did pre-kids.  Perhaps you’ll see yourself in some of these attributes? Why I’m a better employee now that I’m a mom… Like all moms, I now have a post-graduate degree in multitasking and prioritizing.  Juggling a phone call, 2 spreadsheets, and prepping for a meeting in the next 10 minutes? Child’s play. I once cooked Thanksgiving dinner for 15 with one baby strapped to my back, another baby on my hip, and a toddler playing at my feet. I laugh at your spreadsheets. Ninja-like time efficiency skills.  If it took me an hour pre-kids, I can now do it in 40min. Time is money people! And by ‘money’, I mean a bathroom break and lunch that isn’t a stale protein bar. Also, yes, I may cut out 15 minutes early on Tuesdays to catch my kid’s soccer...

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My First Foray into Judgement Free Motherhood

If you’ve been here for a bit, you know that CTWM’s primary mission, along with keeping it real, is Judgement-Free Motherhood. The second the idea was born and the tag line was added to the page, it felt like home to me. Not that I’ve never judged another mom before (quite the opposite, actually) but because I had already been tasked with letting go of judgement of one of the most important mothers in my life – my kids’ mom. As a foster/adoptive parent, you are taught how to manage symptoms of trauma, navigate the court system, and follow...

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What I’ve Learned about Raising Children from Having a Pack of Dogs

So far, I’ve had 4 dogs along with my three children (I like a challenge) and while I try to avoid comparing my 4-legged trouble makers to the 2-legged ones too much, I’ve found that I can draw at least one important parallel. The newest addition to our over-sized crew is a sweet, lab mix puppy named McGregor.  I’m kind of obsessed with him. Our favorite thing to do together is to go hiking at this unofficial dog park in our town.  He’s never met another dog (or person) he doesn’t love and does well off-leash so he gets lots of...

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