Archive of ‘lessons’ category

Earning his boots

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I would love to be able to say that I teach my son something every day. I would love to say he is learning his colors, or numbers, or what “no” means, or that “Mona” the dog and “Momma” the person are not interchangeable. Unfortunately, the things he learns – or the things I am […] Read more…

I’m not perfect

Yesterday, I posted an apparently controversial blog about allowing Monster to have a taste of beer. As I usually do, I posted a link on facebook. Within minutes, I was getting texts and messages questioning my reasoning and parenting skills. Terrified that social services would be at my door in minutes, I quickly deleted the […] Read more…

Justifications.

When I got pregnant, I had plans. I was certain my child was going to have the best, eat the best, learn from the best and be the best. I would protect him. I would always be honest with him. I would do everything Dr. Sears recommends. I would watch other children misbehaving, or tantrum-ing, […] Read more…

Who am I?

Adolescent perception of self: Nerdy bookworm Teenage perception of self: Awkward semi-athlete Young adult perception of self: Brazen feminist Current perception of self: Cheese-eating, money-spending nose-picker? It’s funny how we define ourselves. For so long, I had the luxury of being a narcissist who believed I was perfect (or perfectly flawed) based solely on what […] Read more…

“To the mother of one child”

I came across this article on facebook, and it brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could tell you that only one person has ever made me feel like less of a parent, but unfortunately, there are many, many people who have said those awful words: “You’re not really a parent until you have more […] Read more…

Lessons yet to learn

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So, I know Monster is a toddler, but that hasn’t prevented me from worrying about long-term, permanent damage based on some common misconceptions he has. There are some things that I know will be worked out in time: Thinking “no” means “point and laugh at momma” Thinking a spatula is the GREATEST TOY EVER (wait […] Read more…

Things no one tells you …

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I have a friend who recently went on maternity leave with her first child, Stella. She asked me to write a guest blog for her (http://www.seeyouinnovember.com/). I gladly obliged. What follows is what I wrote for her … and a few pictures of Monster I have been remiss in posting … As Caren is embarking […] Read more…

Precious life.

As I sit to write this, there is a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. On Thursday last week, a high school friend, Melanie, lost her older sister, Ali, to the evil butthead known as cancer. Ali was 31, married and has a gorgeous 1-year-old daughter, Olivia. Since Ali was diagnosed with […] Read more…

Patches

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The last few weeks with our little Monster have been a roller coaster. First came the call that Monster had a nose injury while at daycare. “There’s some blood, Mom, you should come get him.” In my mind, he had fallen, broken his nose and would need plastic surgery or else face an Owen Wilson […] Read more…

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