"Can we go to the water fountain?" "Fine," I say. "As long as you don't fight on the way there." A lady nearby laughs, and I realize she thinks I'm joking. Bless her and her sweet, agreeable children. They must not have been melded from volcanic fire and molten steel like mine seem to be. … Continue reading 12 things my kids have fought about since yesterday
Kid(s) + inspiration = kidinspo. A couple of times last week my kids SERIOUSLY inspired me by just doing their regular kid-life stuff. But since I'm their mom, naturally I didn't just let it go: I took pictures, overthought it, and put it on the internet to share with you. So, here's some kidinspo for … Continue reading Kidinspo
Please don't take it personally, van, that I traded you in.
We just got back from our first family trip to Walt Disney World, where the term "vacation" is used loosely, just like the phrases "small crowd" or "not too long of a line" or "reasonable price" are there. We had a great time, and largely because of one little secret: we set our expectations fairly … Continue reading Keep it in check, Cinderella
Well, it's been a heck of a week and I'm done. I mean, it hasn't been terrible, but my threshold for being done with a week is admirably low. Even with home stuff, it's nice to have a break from your own version of minivan-uber, avoiding the laundry's judgy gaze, and crushing your children's dreams about their Jump … Continue reading A 7-yr-old’s hymn for the weekend
As a truth-at-all-cost convert, I'm determined to teach my kids that nothing they have done is worse than lying to me about it.
What changes for an 8-year-old, middle-class, white girl when Donald Trump steps into power today? Not much. But something changes for her parents.
Well, friends, we are land-locked once again after a fun week at the beach. With the kids ages 8, 6, and 4, we haven't quite reached the mom-can-relax-and-read-a-book years, but we are past the diapers and naps, which is still a pretty sweet spot. I consider this the "mid-range kid age." Sitting under the umbrella like the … Continue reading Beach with “mid-range” kids: Pros and Cons
In honor of my little guy turning 4 this week (OK, last week-I procrastinated too long on this post), I again "posterized" some of his quotes from his final weeks as a curly-haired, truck-toting, talkative (so. talkative.) 3-year-old. So, enjoy this final edition. But don't worry, I'm sure he'll be an equally inquisitive 4-year-old. And … Continue reading More deep thoughts from my 3-year-old
My oldest daughter hates making mistakes. But fortunately (or unfortunately) for her, her mom is an expert at it. She gets lots of on-the-job training. One of my latest slip-ups: painting my sidewalk with permanent question marks. Question marks: intentional. Permanent paint: NOT intentional. Let's just say that the chalk paint I bought - mislead … Continue reading When the lesson sticks (literally)