The juxtaposition of parenting in our chaotic world is that we can go from the minutia of wiping up the morning’s breakfast dishes, shuffling kids between activities, and playing Legos to then trying to explain terrorism, hatred, and racism.
The map of my motherhood; the story of where it all began. My belly button tells the story of my connection to my own mother and how I became a mother to my children. Treasure those tiny newborn belly buttons, admire the belly buttons on your big kids and appreciate your own belly button for the … Continue reading
When my second baby was born at 11 pounds, I was peppered with the same statements about sleeping that I was given when I had my 9.5 pound baby, “Oh you know the nice thing about big babies? They sleep!” I would kindly nod when these parenting experts would share their wisdom about sleep and … Continue reading
My workout pants were tangled with my daughter’s pajama top inside a balled up bath towel. It was a laundry Jackson Pollock. The spots of colors splashed the room, the floor was no longer visible. The room was full of unfolded clean clothes.
Challenge yourself to stop asking, “How was school today?” Instead, find the opportunity to share moments without distraction.
How do you set goals as a mom when there are so many other distractions? My answer: it’s a race, but it’s not a race. As moms, living the day-to-day is challenging enough. When you throw in goal setting, it’s hard not to feel defeated and give up. Motherhood is a constant race of sprinting … Continue reading
Monday arrives and it sucks you in like that first big sip of coffee you take each morning. Gulp. Here we go.
I clicked the phone down and rubbed my eyes with my fingers. The alarm had rung at 5:30 am earlier in the day. My Kindergartener who sleeps between my husband and I every night took turns slugging me in her sleep and pulling my blanket off. This store said the same thing, “Out of kites … Continue reading
My baby is going to Kindergarten. Her first steps of being a big kid, but she’ll always be my baby. “Tell me again about when I was a baby.”
Minivan to Motherhood: The minivan was my first step into motherhood before I even knew I wanted to be a mother. Minivan to Motherhood was my featured piece in the 2015 Twin Cities Listen to Your Mother show and the video is at the end of the post.
About the moments when your children help you be brave and overcome fear.
I walked up the chalk-filled path to the Listen to Your Mother rehearsal preparing for a day of tears. I knew hearing and processing the emotional stories of motherhood would be hard for me and hard to hide. I’m a crier.
Elf on the Shelf. The pictures of the mischief fill our news feeds. While it’s easy to hate the Elf on the Shelf, the Elf is bringing children and their parents joy.
I’ve never understood when people act like their birthday is just any other day. I know there are lots of people who do this. I have good friends and close family members that would prefer to actually not celebrate their own birthday. I accept it. I guess I just don’t understand it. The funny thing … Continue reading