Author: Jenn Ford

Kids Say The Darndest Things

No kid is exactly the same because kids are, like us parents, unique individuals. However, it boggles my mind how predictable and similar children and the catch phrases they use can be. I’m hungry. This phrase is classically heard just after the click of carseat buckles or the turn of a car key as you’re pulling away from a party where copious amounts of food was served, but not eaten. I have to go to the bathroom really bad. This one usually comes halfway into a walk to the playground, or when you’re pulling the car onto the highway for a 30 minute trip. I’m NOT tired! shrieks the overly tired toddler at nap time. I think this video clip about sums it up. You never let me do anything fun. Oh, challenge accepted my dear. You’re not invited to my birthday party. I hate you. You’re the worst mom ever. I’m sending you to jail! I’ll group all of the insults together. They’d be insulting were they not so hilarious. I find that laughing in their face really isn’t the best way to handle these. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore. I promise they’ll phase them out, at least until we hear them again at 13 or so. Then there are the good things. When I really stop to think about it, and to document it, there are way more good phrases than...

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Reflections from an Only Child on Siblings Day

As I’m writing this, it’s National Siblings Day again. I’m not sure if this “holiday” has been created by Hallmark or is just a Facebook thing. I think most likely the latter as I haven’t seen any actual greeting cards at the grocery store but my Facebook feed is blowing up with adorable photos! Be it a picture from 30 years ago or 3 years ago, they are all totally cute. All of the sweet proclamations of sibling love give me hope that my two gals will be best buds someday. Hopefully when they are adults, possibly living very...

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Taking A Break

There’s nothing like the anticipation of a few days off from work, chores and a ringing alarm clock. There’s only a few times a year when us working mamas are able to look forward to a chance to unwind a little and let go of the daily responsibilities of work and a household. Two Sundays ago my husband and I laid in bed talking about how all we had to do was to just make it through three days of waking up at 5am and working all day and then we would have two full days off from work....

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Independence Day

An hour of quiet time is a rare thing when you’re a mama. I’m here to tell you it will be yours again someday. Would you believe it will happen even when the kids are home? And I’m not talking about when they’re napping! One day, they’ll be off doing their thing and you’ll look at the clock and think to yourself no one has called MOMMMMMY in over an hour. And then you might freak out and ask yourself did I leave the kids somewhere, are they ok, what have they gotten into? And then you’ll remember, they are old enough to fend for themselves for longer periods of time and you’ll celebrate! It’s not that you don’t love playing with blocks or putting tiny plastic clothes on tiny plastic dolls. You do. I’m sure you do, right? But you’ll celebrate this newfound independence day! So here’s how that aha! moment went down for me last weekend. Let me set the stage for you: The weather outside is beautiful – a warm 60 degree sunny day. We have an amazing new swing set in our backyard complete with an actual playhouse with a door that closes, a huge slide, a ladder and a rock climbing wall. (thank you neighbors who grew big!) I’ve got stuff to do in the kitchen but the kids (3 and 5 ½) are...

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Feeling Outnumbered

Confession: When it comes to taking my two children out in public without my husband, I’m afraid I’ve lost my mojo. For this only child, there’s just something about being outnumbered that scares the crap out of me. Just the thought of taking them both out to dinner, a private violin lesson, the grocery store, a birthday party or anywhere else without him fills me with anxiety. Will they listen to me? Will they run ahead? Will they cooperate and get into their car seats when it’s time to go? What if one of them has to go to the bathroom right after we sit down with our food? What if someone has a meltdown? What if it’s me? What do people think of me when they ignore me? What if I lose my temper in public? What if they start hitting/kicking/biting each other? Or worse, what if one of them is mean to another child with their body or their words? It all seemed much more doable with only one child. I had that one kid thing down. Situations are so much easier to address when you are able to focus your attention one place. When my attention is split, I feel much more vulnerable. And so lately I feel like I am avoiding public spaces. We hunker down at home. I tell myself that we are hardly...

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