My mom took me out to dinner a few weeks ago. We had some spring rolls and white wine (with ice cubes – our signature cocktail). We talked about my kids; my mom is very close with them. She picks them up from school once a week and masterminds adventures big and small. They cook.
Recently I’ve been feeling like I’ve been slacking in the “good mom” department. I feel overwhelmed and stressed and pulled in too many directions at the same time. And, after talking with some of my fellow moms, apparently I’m not alone in feeling this way. Last year I wrote about why you are a good
My grandfather hung a long leather belt against the wall in his kitchen. It served two purposes. One, to sharpen his old fashion razor blade every morning and two, to offer a warning to the various children passing through his home. Wide, brown, and worn smooth, this belt was the ultimate symbol of authority and discipline. I don’t ever remember
We got out of the car at a dog park, walked into the fenced area, let the dog off leash, and not twenty seconds went by before someone was telling my daughter “You can’t run in a dog park, it’s not safe.” When my daughter broke down into tears, the woman looks to me and
“It wasn’t me” or “He made me do it” As a parent, how many times have you heard that? Actually, even non-parents have heard “not me”, “not my fault” or “someone else did it” over and over again in the normal course of their day. Passing the blame, passing the buck, not being accountable
[Original here] I’ve been told that I’m a strict mama and I can’t say I disagree. My kids are awesome; therefore, I hold them to the high standards they deserve. I rarely give into a temper tantrum…I’m far too red-headed for that. But the trick I learned early on, and need to remind myself of often,
When You Accidently Punish Yourself: Another Plug for Logical Consequences Just about a month ago, I wrote a Wisdom Wednesday post about the value of using logical consequences with my children to actually affect changes in their behavior versus simply punishing them and/or giving myself a break from them. I’ve really been trying to do what
Using Logical Consequences: More than just serving time! If there’s one thing that has really given me a run for my money as a mother so far, it’s discipline. Holy. Smokes. I had no idea what I was in for when that little (and I use that term loosely) 8lb 15oz bundle arrived nearly four years