A Letter to Myself as a First-Time Mom: On Traveling with Kids

Jan 20, 2016 by

I just got back from a fantastic mini get away with husband and the kiddos. Like, I literally got off the plane, fed my kids, gave them baths, packed lunches for tomorrow, caught up on work email and sat down to write this post. While pondering the last five days spent together with my family, I feel like we really turned a parenting corner this trip – I actually thoroughly and completely enjoyed my time away with my family. I have written extensively about traveling with my little munchkins and have spent the last five years trying to figure out how to “do” vacation with kids. I never thought it could get easier and more enjoyable. But it has. If I could go back in time and tell myself as a first time mom what it would be like, not to stress out over traveling, this is what I would say:

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10 Reasons to Support the CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Dec 2, 2015 by

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We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

– Mother Teresa

This past Mothers’ Day and one day before her 82nd birthday, I lost my mother to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. It was a long battle that I have written about several times on this blog. But this post is not going to be about her death, as I am still trying to process her life, suffering and passing. Rather, it is my intention to bring greater awareness to Alzheimer’s and dementia; help inspire others to take action to support those whose lives have been shattered by this epidemic; and help make advances toward eradicating this horrific disease. The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association does amazing work and since this is the season for giving, I am asking that you consider supporting them in some small way for the following reasons:

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Kindergarten Rules

Nov 4, 2015 by

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My daughter started Kindergarten this year. It has been the biggest change in her little life, second to the birth of her brother.  It has been a whirlwind of learning experiences for everyone in this family. There are new routines to be established, new faces to become acquainted with, and many new rules to follow as an elementary school mom rookie. I am trying my best to jot down the latter as I go along…

1.      Get this kid to school on time!  Yep, we are still working on this one without losing our sanity.  We are still adjusting to the fact that kindergarten starts an hour earlier than preschool and where the teachers were pretty understanding of tardiness. But last week was a low point when my husband ushered her in to school after the second bell rang (gasp!) only to be greeted by the school Principal who is a lovely, but stern, woman whom I would never want to mess with.  She kindly told Mia that her “Parents have to do a better job getting her to school on time in the morning.”  If it were me, I probably would have had diarrhea of the mouth and quickly thrown my daughter under the bus by telling the Principal that Mia wouldn’t get her butt out of bed. But I have a feeling that would not have gone over well so I consider it a blessing that I was not there.  She is right, though.  It is most certainly our responsibility and is something I am working on improving by the time school is out in June.

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The one phrase I never thought I’d hear my daughter say

Oct 7, 2015 by

My daughter started kindergarten this year. In just a few short weeks, I have noticed big changes in her that I know are part of her growing up and starting this new chapter in her life. She has homework once a week and does it even though there are days that require a lot of nudging on my part.  She has had made new friends with relative ease.  She rides the bus and thinks it is the coolest thing ever.  She has to follow the rules and acknowledges that she will face more serious consequences than at preschool for her wrong doings. She goes to school with the “big kids” and looks up to them.  She is navigating her way through this new world slowly, and on her terms.

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The Peace Project

Sep 23, 2015 by

Subtitle: Finding Peace in Our Morning Chaos

“Mommy, when I grow up, I am going to yell at my kids.” Cue: a 1000 daggers into my soul.  Of all the things I have taught my daughter in five years, this is what she hangs onto?  I respond and say, “No sweetheart, you must be kind to your kids. Yelling is not right.” When she asked me why I yell in the morning, I told her it was because I was tired and that humans have very high cortisol levels in the morning that cause mommy to talk loud. I know, excuses, excuses.

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