parenthood

Explaining Parenthood to a Non-Parent

The other night I used a sandwich bag as a makeshift glove to fish poop from the bathtub. As I did this, I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror, and I almost laughed outloud. I looked ridiculous, ferrying fistfuls of crap from the bathtub to the toilet. If only there were a […]

self-care

I’m Drowning in Motherhood

I hit a wall, and I don’t mean metaphorically. I lost my patience, and I hit a wall with my open hand, like some kind of angsty teenager. I like to think I’m a fairly resilient person, but motherhood is not for the faint of heart. On this particular morning, the loud, repetitive shrieking of […]

vacation

Vacation Bites: I am Clark Griswold

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but sometimes, vacations are hard. Maybe it’s just me, but in my house, I’m the planner, the organizer and the packer. My husband, bless his heart, is the sweetest, most laidback man on the planet, but he doesn’t plan or pack.  He tolerates me and my neurotic tendencies, that’s […]

motherhood

Why I Almost Abandoned Motherhood

I feel bad saying this, but I need a break from my kids—and not the psychotic break I’m currently working towards. Just a few days ago I was doing OK. My kids were well-behaved, and I was feeling confident in my parenting abilities. The past 12 hours of child-related nonsense have sufficiently derailed whatever that […]

fear

Don’t Let Your Fear Control Your Future

I did something this weekend. Something I thought I would never do. I got on an airplane, by myself, and flew halfway across the country to meet-up with a bunch of strangers. There are a multitude of reasons this is a big deal for me, but the highlights include, fear of dying in a plane […]

judgement

I’m Not A Perfect Parent, And Neither Are You

A few days ago something awful happened. A mother’s oversight put a four-year-old in harm’s way. Fortunately, the child is OK. But, days later, the mother is still beating herself up at the thought of what could have been. I know this, because it was me.  I was the mother. It was my oversight. It […]

I Want To Be My Kids’ Parent and Friend

“I’m your parent, not your friend.” If you’ve watched even one after school special, you have heard this line used during a heated debate between a parent and a child. A door is usually slammed before someone makes a sobbing exit and the scene ends. Somehow, not being friends with your kid has become synonymous […]

bedtime

The Bedtime Tango

“Get back in bed! Why are you out of bed again?!” This is my nightly mantra, tonight is no different. The more kids you have, the more you say things like this. Which leaves me wondering how late parents, with three or more kids, stay-up re-directing bedtime traffic. I have never seen a child as […]

college

I Thought I Wasn’t Smart Enough For College

Graduation season is upon us, and it has me feeling a little nostalgic. This month marks five years since my own college graduation, a day I thought would never happen. Five years ago I walked across the stage, praying I wouldn’t trip, and received my Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing. It is my […]

Lying: A Necessity of Motherhood

Honesty is the best policy, or so they say. Well, here’s a little piece of truth for ya, I lie to my kids all the time, and if your kid believes in Santa, or the Tooth Fairy, you probably do too. I don’t lie to them out of malice. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. […]