Author: Jenn Ford

You’re Not Alone – CTWM Poll and Prize Pack

For years I’ve wondered how I stack up to other parents and, in particular, others who are the primary ‘makers of home.’  I don’t remember the last time I washed the kitchen floor and is it gross that I only bathe the kids a few times a week? I’ve always wanted to know how often YOU get take out. My guess is that even if you and I aren’t doing things exactly the same way, someone else out there thinks that two weeks is an appropriate time to go between sheet washings and, like me, abhors running unless being...

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Organizing a Disorganized Life – Home Edition

As one of my best friends and fellow CTWM bloggers described the scene in her basement, my eyes widened with the possibilities. While she dreaded going through bags of hand me down clothes, I got excited thinking about sorting, washing and folding all of the clothes, placing them in labeled, stackable bins. While she seemed overwhelmed thinking about going through old things, I pictured myself guiding her to decide if her old books brought her joy and helping her let go and pass them on. I love to organize things. I love donating or throwing things away. Jenna seemed...

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Kindness Elves

Have you seen all these adorable photos of elves swimming in mugs of mini-marshmallows or making snow angels on the counter in flour? Have you felt the pressure to bring a little elf home to your kids? Has that voice in your head that tells you aren’t creative enough or don’t have enough energy at the end of the evening to set up an elaborate scene dissuaded you? Or maybe you’re afraid those darn elves will ask you to solve a rubix cube! (Holly’s post had me laughing out loud!) I really wanted to jump on the Elf on...

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Organizing a Disorganized Life – Planner Edition

I’ve always been a pretty organized adult. My late twenties were probably the height of my organizational skills. I had a paper planner with each dinner, vacation, social event and (frequent) gym visit highlighted. As I turned thirty and my first child was born things started heading downhill, if only slightly. I returned to work at only 30 hours a week and maintained that schedule (plus furlough days) through my younger child’s infancy. I struggled like any new mom, but the reduced hours of my not super demanding job helped keep me on track for the most part. Fast...

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The Micromanager Mom

Every night and every morning I find myself standing over my children and barking orders. Brush your teeth. Now go potty. Now get your clothes on. Let’s go. We’re late. Shoes on. Backpacks on. Meet me at the door. NOW! And one day last week, I realized something terrible: I am the boss everyone hates, I am the Micromanager Mom. Some quick googling confirms my suspicions. The micromanager is an active being – someone who has a hard time sitting back and letting the things get done. One theory says micromanagers believe workers need constant prodding in order to get things done because humans are basically lazy and unmotivated. It all makes sense now. Substitute in “parenting” for “managing” and it’s pretty clear that I’m not on a good path. Microparenting creates a constant lack of autonomy or decision-making ability. Microparenting is about control, and while having an element of control as a parent is essential, using it as a permanent parenting strategy is bound to fail. So how do I get away from this microparenting and still have the kids complete the things I need them to complete by the time I need them done? Good question! Maybe I should take advantage of my working mom status and ask for some managerial training at the office. Until then, I think am going to take a stab at it...

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