You’ve Got Your Hands Full

Yep.  Sure do.  Most of the time, my hands are quite literally full of something…  Children, backpacks, groceries, lost shoes, dirty clothes, discarded toys, the makings of peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and occasionally my pillow when I collapse in a heap and sleep through the night.  If I had a dollar for all the … [Read more…]

Mission: Impossible

Over the past few weeks, I have been on a mission.  This mission has taken me places I never thought I’d go, and it has had me asking questions I never thought I’d ask.  I’ve had to be braver than I ever imagined, I’ve needed skills I never thought I’d have to hone, and I’ve … [Read more…]

I Not Be Nice: Time-Out and the Five Stages of Grief

The baby of our family may be the youngest, but she will tell you in no uncertain terms that she is NOT a baby!  She is animated, creative, determined, energetic, directive, intelligent, imaginative, persistent, mischievous, curious, fiercely independent, and downright hilarious most of the time.  She doesn’t know what all those words mean yet, but when she describes herself, she … [Read more…]

Don’t Lick the Car

Conversations with my four children aged five and under are never dull.  Actually, in my experience, conversations with children of any age are always imaginative and often quite insightful.  Sometimes, however, they include combinations of words that I could have never imagined uttering—or interpreting in any context. For example, this past weekend, we enjoyed some … [Read more…]

Hey, Little Mama. You’re Enough.

The picture of what a mother is “supposed” to be: Totally in control of her 2.5 kids, feeding them only locally-sourced, organic foods, always on time, always a size two, always perfectly coifed and always prepared with healthy snacks, a seasonally appropriate change of clothes and an educational activity that doesn’t involve any electronics whatsoever… … [Read more…]