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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 27}

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Unrelated: I need help with a parenting issue.

HELP!

This is unrelated to drinking and sobriety, although I guess technically, it’s an issue in my life that’s causing me stress, so maybe it IS related.

Whatever– I need help.

I can’t seem to get my six-year-old out the door in the mornings without a battle. Read More »

Parenting

9 Tips to Help Kids with Special Needs Enjoy the Holidays

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Stress less and help your child with special needs enjoy the holidays!

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The holidays can be fun, but they also have the potential to be stressful…especially for children with special needs.

New sights, smells, sounds, plus traveling and disrupted routines can all spell disaster.

The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs ages 5-14 in the greater Washington, D.C. area, has come up with a list of 9 Tips to Help Kids with Special Needs Enjoy the Holidays. Read More »

Marriage Parenting Relationships

Dads vs. Babysitters

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Is it babysitting if it’s a dad? I examine the differences between dads and babysitters.

Dads vs. Babysitters

Want to know the latest thing that has people in a tizzy? No, it’s not the idea of a “me-ternity leave.” That was, like, so five days ago.

It’s when someone has the audacity to say that a father is “babysitting” his children. I assume the people who are outraged by this occurrence have conversations that go something like the one I had recently…

ACQUAINTANCE: Who’s babysitting the kids? Your husband?

ME: Yup.

Cue rage in someone who is bothered by the phrases “husband” or “dad” and “babysitting” in the same sentence. Read More »

Parenting

23 Ways to Get Out Of A Mom Rut

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When you’re struggling with being a mom, sometimes you just need to break out of your rut!

23 Ways to Get Out of a Mom Rut

Do you ever feel like you’re in a mom rut?

I do. A lot.

It has to do with the fact that I stay at home with three little kids every day. It’s not a particularly glamorous career, but it is my life. A life I chose, but one that can be extremely draining nonetheless. 

It’s not that I don’t love my kids– I do. I just don’t *love* the monotony of day in and day out struggles to find time to shower, changing 17 poop diapers, and a house that remains a mess despite me cleaning it all day. Read More »

Parenting

17 Parenting Confessions

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I had delusions that I would be a perfect mother that lasted, oh, about two days after I had a baby. Here’s proof that we’re all just trying to survive…

17 Parenting Confessions

Everyone wants to be the perfect parent. Some people even pretend to be.

I, on the other hand, am far from perfect. Which I learned this week after being told my a person on my Facebook page that I was handling my four-year-old’s “I won’t wear pants” issue all wrong– I simply needed to tell her to put the pants on and she must obey.

Here are my 17 parenting confessions. Do they sound familiar? Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures Parenting Problems/Tips

Free-Range Kids: Book Review

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I’m going to preface this book review by telling you a little about my mindset when I started reading Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)

My family was at our house in the Poconos for the holiday weekend. Picture a log cabin sitting on the side of a hill surrounded by woods, trees, and no neighbors as far as you can see from the deck. Many people would think of words like serene, relaxing, and picturesque to describe the locale. Read More »

Books Guilty Pleasures Parenting Problems/Tips

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: Book Review

Peaceful Parent Book Review

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I stumbled upon the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting when I was Googling how to stop yelling at your kids.

I was getting so easily frustrated with everything my two-year-old (now three) was doing. It seemed like the only way she would listen to me was when I yelled.  Read More »

Parenting

The Best Parenting Books To Check Out

Best Parenting Books to Check Out

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My sister (who doesn’t have kids yet, mind you) has been hassling me to read this book called Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. She said it’s a parenting game-changer.

Apparently the French are PERFECT at raising cute little croissant-eating geniuses who sleep through the night and are well-behaved. Also, the French love wine…so obviously, I trust their judgment. Read More »

Me, Myself, & I Parenting Relationships

Parenting Goals: My Happiness Project, August

 Parenting. It’s a 24/7 job that comes with no manual. No instruction book for “What to do when they won’t eat fruit. Or vegetables.”

You kind of just have to wing it. And if you’re like me, half the time you think that you’re failing. So while we all know that being a parent is ultimately rewarding and filled with many moments of joy, this month I want to address the many more moments of parenting frustration that I go through. 

Basically, I want to pay more attention to my parenting, possibly learn some new skills, and feel happier about the time spent with my children. Read More »