Through the Eyes of Children

Jun 30, 2014 by

I’m cradling my youngest on the kitchen floor in case she throws up again. I’m asking for the fourth time that my oldest stop taking photos and give me my phone back. I’m prepping shirts for our tie-dye project.  I’m pulling up my pants after using a museum bathroom. I’m trying to get some work done on the computer. I’m getting a haircut.  I’m doing the dishes. I’m completely exhausted and can’t possible LOOK AT THIS one more time. All of these moments have something in common.

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5 Important Lessons in Five Years

Jun 3, 2014 by

dons eyes I have had the pleasure of looking into these beautiful blue eyes for the last 5 years. My son and oldest child, Donald, turns five years old this week. It certainly has been a ride, that’s for sure. And, for as much as he has grown, I too have learned a lot about myself, motherhood, and being a family. In honor of this monumental birthday (it’s huge in my mind), I would like to take a moment to reflect on 5 of the most important lessons my son has taught me thus far.

 

 

Top 5 Lessons Learned in Five Years:

1. Life- the every day, like going to the park, riding a bike, shopping at Walgreens, or watching a tv show, is so very interesting and exciting;

2. People, their interests, their tastes, and their personalities grow and change and it is a lot easier and more pleasant to go with the flow than to fight against it;

Teaching Our Children About Kindness on Mother’s Day [Photos]

May 12, 2014 by

Yesterday wrapped up 11 days of kindness here at CT Working Moms and what a wonderful experience it was! Each day for 10 days we gave readers a new random act of kindness idea on our Facebook page and yesterday, on Mother’s Day, we performed over 100 random acts of kindness with our children. For me, it’s important to teach my daughter about the importance of kindness starting at an early age. I’m incredibly proud to say that this past Mother’s Day marked 1 year since I started doing kindness activities with her and this girl is now a professional at making people happy!

My Life With Two Kids

Apr 23, 2014 by

On February 10th my lovable and snug-able baby boy, Luke, came into this world.  Having had a c-section the first-time around with my daughter, I was hoping for a natural birth.  I envisioned a beautiful drug-free, peaceful birth that would be like this:

rainbows and butterflies
Twenty-six hours of  labor and one epidural later, I eagerly requested opted for a repeat c-section.   It still was a beautiful, empowering birth, but rather than rainbows and butterflies, it was a little more like this:

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Despite feeling like a sliced pizza, it was one of the happiest days of my life.   Adding this baby to our family has made life a little more complicated and chaotic, but in a good way (on most days anyway).  It’s good to have balance in our household so my husband doesn’t feel overwhelmed by two demanding women.  Thankfully, our daughter loves her baby brother.  Now if only we can teach her to be a little gentler with him.  This is pretty much how she holds the baby when she gets her little hands on him:

Words, Independence, and Assertiveness. Two isn’t So Terrible.

Apr 1, 2014 by

eeds at the farm

My daughter will be two soon. She is getting so many new words each and every day. My husband often quotes ‘Old School , “Look at the baby, look at the baby”, when I tell him to look at Edith, listen to Edith, did you see what Edith did? It’s a fascinating age, and yes… sometimes challenging.

In addition to her words, Edith is also becoming Edith, testing limits and challenging authority…constantly!

Her testing us isn’t as shocking to us, now that it’s the second time around. “This isn’t our first rodeo”… Although, now there is the added opinions and feedback of my 4, soon to be 5 year old, who is observing both his sister’s behavior and his dad and my reactions to it. This certainly brings an added level of pressure not to waffle.

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