Tag: motherhood

I’ll Go With You Always

Yesterday, my seven year old said to me, “I want to play Legos upstairs.” I glanced up from my phone, and said, “ok, go ahead.” He replied, “No. With you.” WITH YOU. Both of my kids say this all the time.  If they go upstairs, out in the backyard, or even to the bathroom, they want me

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I have zero desire to clean the toilet, but I do it anyway.

  In the past year I have read several articles about the “emotional labor” and “mental load” of motherhood.  Moms plan/coordinate everyone’s schedules, arrange carpools, schedule doctors appointments, research and schedule contractors/repairmen, plan vacations, arrange teacher conferences, locate missing household items, keep track of homework due dates, plan/coordinate meals, manage clothing needs, and even make

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His Brother’s Shadow

My youngest son started Kindergarten five weeks ago. He was one month away from his fifth birthday—a peanut in my book—and separating from us at drop-off time was difficult.  Most mornings, he cried.  And, my older son, his big brother, started putting his arm around the back of his neck and lovingly guiding him in

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Back to School Light Blues

My children’s first day back to school went off without a hitch this year.  Days two and three?  Not so much.  The following words might help explain…”emergency heat-index early dismissals.”  Despite having air conditioning in his school, my second grader got sent home at noon on these days while my twelfth grader remained in school

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The Dog(gone) Days of Summer

In fact, I find that most Mondays I return to work more exhausted than when I left on Friday. Sure, part of it is that we are trying to cram too much fun into each weekend, but another part of it is simply that “relaxing” activities of my carefree, childless days now require significantly more energy and work in order to be successful (or survive).