Holiday Travel Tips

Dec 15, 2014 by

This time of the year lots of people with small kids who might not otherwise feel ready for a family vacation decide to brave the airport for a trip to see family for the holidays. The various Facebook moms’ groups I belong to are all in a tither about how to enjoyable travel with little ones. Here’s tip numero uno: don’t set yourself up for failure, realize that it’s going to be hard and not relaxing and possibly terrible, but just like labor, the end result will be worth it and you’ll be with the ones you love. So now that we have settled on the fact that you won’t be needing to take along a book to amuse yourself while you wait for your flight, let’s talk about a few things that might make the trip a little more bearable.

Super Woman or Super (Crazy) Woman

Dec 8, 2014 by

Since I’ve become a mom, I seem to teeter on the edge between feeling like Super Mom or Super Crazy Mom. I either feel like I’ve got it all together or it’s all falling apart. When it’s good, it’s so good. When it’s tough, it’s pretty darn tough.

Sometimes, I’m Super Mom:

  • All of the Christmas presents are wrapped and under the tree.
  • I know what I’m bringing to both pot lucks this week.
  • I’ve managed to budget well enough that I was able to do a little extra charity shopping this year.
  • The recital outfit is all set: skirt and shirt ordered online and arrived, tights, shoes, red hair bows purchased.
  • Teacher gifts complete, bagged and labeled.
  • Lunch sides are ready for the week.
  • Meals are planned and groceries are purchased for the week.
  • Laundry is done.
  • Advent calendar is stocked.

Seasonal Reading: Winter Favorites

Dec 1, 2014 by

We’ve had a decent snow and Thankgiving is over so it’s officially winter. Here’s the next installment of our favorites from our seasonal reading basket. Most of them tend to be more Winter and Snow related than Christmas related. We have no religious/meaning of Christmas books in the mix, as I have trouble answering questions for my 4 year old that I can’t answer for myself. Last year we did an advent calendar with tiny little doors and small pieces of candy for the older one. We’ll do that one again and need to come up with some sort of candy that’s not terrible for the toddler too. We’ve added a new advent calendar type thing to the mix. My mom (she’s retired and crazy) knitted 24 tiny little stockings that she’s filled with Legos and Little People for the girls. Our Thanksgiving travel plans were delayed because of the snow, so we got the tree up earlier than usual. Bring on the holidays, but please hold the eggnog – that stuff is gross. What are your simple holiday traditions with your kids?

The School in Our Village

Nov 24, 2014 by

Like many working moms, I’ve always been counting down the days until kindergarden. How long until I no longer have to pay double digit thousands of dollars for childcare? How long until a bus can pick my child up and take her to school and then deliver her back home? Lately, I’m reconsidering. I don’t have anything against it, I am just so in love with the private school that my daughters attend. We love it so much, we are willing to travel 30 minutes each way in rush hour traffic so that they can go there. We are willing to pay the same amount as daycare but with far less coverage (late afternoons, summers).

Hugs for the Dads

Nov 17, 2014 by

I am so proud of you mamas. I think we’re doing a pretty great of job lifting each other up around here and hopefully in real life too. Sometimes I think I do a better job supporting stranger mamas in their parenting than I do my own spouse. So, today I wanted to take today to throw out a big thank you to the dads out there, especially the one that parents with me. When was the last time you really, really appreciated your husband? Do you treat him as an equal partner? Do you consider how this roller coaster we call parenting (and marriage) makes him feel? Or are you keeping score and not letting him forget that you’re the default parent? I am not judging you. I’m as guilty as the next mama, or maybe even more. Fact of the matter: marriage is hard work. And I would be so bold as to say that marriage with kids is possibly even harder work. When we hear about people splitting up, I think our first response is – that won’t happen to us. But it can. Just like any other life event, it can happen to you too. Stress on a person (job, kids, financial) can often equal stress on a marriage. So here’s a little reminder to throw some love your baby’s daddy’s way. Treat him as you’d like to be treated. You are the model for your kids – treat each other with kindness and love and model the relationship you hope your children will one day have. Our hugs for each other could just as easily be hugs and positive messages for our spouses as well. Why not spread the love.

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