I Cannot Emphasize Enough How Much Your Life Will Change with a Mother’s Helper

May 22, 2015 by

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No.

That moment when you smack your head after realizing that you could have saved yourself literally years of agony if you had only decided long, long ago to have someone come to your house in the morning to help get the kids ready for school, amirite?

If you haven’t had the pleasure of knowing this experience, let me lay it out for you:  having a part-time nanny or similarly situated individual come to your house to make your children go pee, get them dressed, and give them something to eat besides a half-eaten Wendy’s Frosty you find in your freezer is SO GREAT.

Yesterday, I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 and made myself some coffee.  Our newly appointed mother’s helper (or parent’s helper, or child care assistant, etc., for the political correctness-minded among you) let herself in the house to wake my sleeping munchkins while I enjoyed my shower.

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Early to Bed, Early to Rise: No.

May 8, 2015 by

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The best part of waking up . . . wait, what the hell is this?

I was frozen in place this morning, unable to move or think of what to do next.  It was the perfect storm of tiredness and mental frenzy.  I wouldn’t call it a panic attack, because I wasn’t panicking, although I was certainly worried and stressed.  It’s sort of like I just shut down for a while because I needed to recalibrate.

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How to Decide If You Should Have a Third Child

Apr 20, 2015 by

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Having a third child is not in the cards for me. I’m entering my late 30s—nay, I have indeed arrived. I have my hands full with a kid starting kindergarten and the other one starting preschool this fall. And I’m investing nearly all of my creative energy into my work, with scant time left over for the writing projects I wish could gain some forward momentum on.

With that said, I miss breastfeeding. I couldn’t wait to kick my toddler off the boob, but here I go again. What I miss the most about it is the oxytocin rush. Nursing a babe did something wonderful to my brain chemistry.

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Keep Trying, You’ll Get Better! (But Maybe Not.)

Apr 10, 2015 by

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One of my toddler’s favorite shows is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  For the uninitiated, it’s a trippy take on what it would be like if all the puppets from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood had children.  The kids are preschooler-aged, and they spend the episode singing songs about learning to use the potty and going to the doctor and whatnot.  It’s your typical annoying kids’ show, but at least my girls are learning something from it, and I’d rather they watch this one than some of the more brainless programs that are popular right now.

The jingle featured in this morning’s Netflixed episode used the following line:  “Keep trying, you’ll get beh-eh-tter!!”  This is a sentiment I often agree with, in many scenarios.  Kids will usually get better at tasks like brushing their teeth, tying their shoes, hiding quietly in the closet so they can jump out and scream to scare the bejeezus out of you when you enter the room — all the normal skills that we want our children to eventually master to be independent adults with fulfilling lives.

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Deep Work: Parenting Prevents You from Doing It

Mar 13, 2015 by

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You can’t get anything done if you are constantly hopping from one thing to the next, only to find yourself plummeting down the rabbit hole.  Also, you should get an awesome pocket watch on a chain, because at least you can be stylin’ while you’re unproductive.

 

I stole the concept of “deep work” from this guy’s blog, and maybe some other places that I can’t remember. I may be mangling the concept here, but my interpretation of it is the incredibly detailed and well thought out focus you give to a project or problem. Deep work is important, because without it, you can’t turn out work product that is of the highest caliber, or obtain your desired outcomes in the most efficient yet thorough way possible. In other words, if you’re just putting out fires all day, multitasking (which is really just rapid fire single-tasking, if you’re being honest with yourself), and checking items off a list as you rush to and fro, you are not really performing your best quality work and achieving the best possible outcome you can achieve.

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