My Mom Loves Piles: a photo essay

Jul 1, 2015 by

Hi everybody, Kitten here.  My mom is away today at the 2Moms on a Mission presents Glennon Melton event (that I’m sure someone else’s mom is going to recap here soon) so she let me take over her blog post.  I’m sure you’re thinking, what 4 year old can write? But if Honest Toddler can do it, why can’t I?

Last week my mom spent two days throwing away all the good stuff my sister and I have been hoarding in the family room and in our bedrooms.  You know: candy wrappers, goodie bag trinkets, twisted slinkys, dolls with one leg.  Mama was proud of herself because she knew you other moms would think it was so great that she purged all our treasures.  She even took pictures after she was done.

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Wave Riding Life’s Changes

Jun 25, 2015 by

When I found out that I was going to be writing for CT Working Moms, every encounter became a possible blog post topic. Suddenly my daily actions and interactions were met with my inner voice telling me to blog about it! But before I jump into various thoughts and musings about my life as a CT working mom, I thought it best to first set the stage.

I am a 37-year old mother to an 18-month old daughter and step-mom to 11 ½ year old twins, a boy and a girl. The number of life changes I have experienced in the last seven years are substantial. Up until the age of 30, I was living a carefree life of minimal responsibility. I spent most of my 20’s living in Washington, D.C. with college friends. I worked full-time and got my Master’s degree during that time but other than that, my obligations were minimal. My weeknight activities, when not in class, consisted of going to happy hour or the gym. Weekends were spent recovering from nights out at the bar, catching up on television, and hanging out with friends. Laundry was done occasionally, grocery shopping was filling up a hand-held basket at Trader Joe’s and house cleaning was done…let’s say, periodically.

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“Mama, I’m a girl”

Jun 19, 2015 by

When I look back at my parenting life, I don’t see pivotal moments standing out as the sea change of our lives. Sure, every once in a while life changes in the blink of an eye and you don’t see it coming. But more often, for every pivotal moment we have experienced, there have been months and years of signs leading up to that moment. These signs give us clues to the road ahead so that by the time that pivotal moment comes, even though it might still be an emotional kick to the gut and we don’t feel fully prepared, we have had some guidance leading us to the right decision to make.

As a parent, I have learned to trust my instincts, because they are fueled by those clues. Those clues carry us forward to a moment that, in the end, will be but a flash of time propelling us forward to those next months and years that will inform our split-second reaction at the next pivot in our path.

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Mother of the Year

Jun 17, 2015 by

Lately I’ve been feeling like parenting has gotten the best of me.  This may be because of end of the school year exhaustion or maybe it’s my oldest’s quick slide into the parenting abyss that is adolescence but I’m definitely not a shining example of good parenting this days. I’m often forgetful and disinterested and I definitely have not been saying the right things to my kids during times of drama and stress. I keep looking at the calendar and literally counting the days until our big summer “reset” on our schedule and lives.

As I sit and type this I’m working very hard not to beat myself up over it. I also can’t help but think that I’m not alone. The number one reason why I read blog posts is to get that comforting feeling of camaraderie and acceptance from other moms experiencing the exact same things. So, in that spirit, here is a list of things I’ve done lately that have made me lose a little sleep and have reminded me that I’m not receiving that “Mother of the Year” trophy any time soon.

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Dating as a single mom SUCKS!

Jun 15, 2015 by

I am going to give you my realness right here and right now when it comes to being a single mother and trying to date. I am only speaking from my own personal experience. I am not saying that dating as a single mother is a nightmare for everyone….it just has been for me ( insert the perfect emoji face).

Let me first say that dating without a child was no picnic either. I was often met with surprise and questions of why I did not have children. Feeling backed into a corner having to explain my personal situation was a challenge and was not fun. Why me being single without a child was considered odd begs to question the nature of our society…. but that is a subject for another time.

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