To my toddler I love you but…

Nov 14, 2014 by

To my toddler Mommy and Daddy love you  very much but….

YOU have no idea how good you have it with the following:

1. Your father is a chef and makes the most amazing, delicious restaurant quality dinners. You of course stick your nose up, scream as we force you to try JUST ONE bite and demand pizza. Do you know how many people out in the world have NO food, but you have home-made, healthy, yummy, dinners made numerous times a week?

People Pay for these types of dinners!

People Pay for these types of dinners!

2. You are able to take a dump and piss in a toilet. Back in the day people did this in buckets in their house. Some people still have to urinate or defecate out in a forest! Please try to keep it in the toilet bowl and not all over the floor.

Career Counseling

Nov 13, 2014 by

I’ve been thinking about my career…a lot.  Where I’ve been, what’s good and not-so-great about my current career, and where I’d like to be in the future.  As I look back over the 25-year (gulp!) work history, I think I’ve had a pretty good run of it.  Every employment opportunity that I’ve had has allowed me to develop the skills and experience to get to the next level – I’ve had the opportunity to explore careers in human resources, public relations, event management, marketing, and journalism – all different, yet, similar in the skills that are required for each role.

Another chapter in the working mom dilemma.

Nov 12, 2014 by

I have been on an emotional roller coaster for the past two weeks as I have begun the search for daycare for my nine-month-old son. You see, I have been a work-at-home mom for almost a year now and it was the greatest thing to spend so much time bonding with my son.  But since I am going to be taking on some large scale projects after the new year, the time has come to put my baby boy in daycare.  I do not want to sound gender-biased or anything, but I thought it would be far easier to place a boy in daycare than a little girl.  Boys are much more active and rough and tough and want to play independently from their mamas.  Right?  But, this little boy is so sweet and loving (and so attached to his mama, I must say), that this transition has been a lot tougher than I thought it would be.

My Favorite Non-Necessity baby gear piece

Nov 7, 2014 by

After you have had a couple of kids you realize a majority of baby gear you register for in the baby stores while make life convenient but really are no necessary to raise your child. Except for formula, breast-milk  car seat, diapers and bottles everything else is to make your life easier.

Out of all the product that is totally an extra to have (wipes warmer, swaddles, etc) I must say I LOVE my video monitor the best. The video monitor is fabulous because it helped me in the following situations.

1. As a new mother scared my child would die if I wasn’t staring or holding him all the time the video monitor helped me watch him as soon as I switched him to his own room. I remember my husband watching me watching the baby yelling at me “Would you stop staring at our kid!” It did help me ease those first few weeks of anxiety.

What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine!

Oct 14, 2014 by

images[7]My brother and I fought like typical siblings. After an afternoon of playing we would need alone time and naturally an argument would occur. My brother still holds some deep-seated resentment about these events, and I recognize having a younger sister was somewhat traumatizing for him.

Over thirty years later, I am parenting an older boy and younger girl, with a similar gap in age. Their arguments are familiar and often remind me of my childhood. This past weekend I had an opportunity to catalog a series of arguments and learned a few things about how my children relate to one another (and how I respond).

Sharing does not come naturally, unless you have more than your sibling. In that case, you are more than willing to share what is leftover and feel rather noble about your charity. This often reminds me of some work situations.

My response the first time this happened was to calmly offer, “we share equally.” After the fifth incident Saturday morning, even the neighbors heard be shout, “WE SHARE EQUALLY!”

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