So you have decided to start your own platoon (a.k.a. A family). Congratulations, you are now a platoon leader (a.k.a. Mom). So, you say you are having a challenging time getting your troops into the vehicle? Yes, we have had many complaints in that area. So, we at command, have listed the following steps in […]
Yay! You’re pregnant! The following is a list of things you may or may not get to look forward to. If you are terribly lucky, like me, you will experience all of them…5 times.
I know. I said earlier that our bedtime troubles were banished. Well, I thought they were. We went about 6 weeks with zero troubles. Zero! No drama. Nothing. I thought, “This is so awesome, I’m going to blog about it.” Maybe that was the problem, because not long after that our easy bedtime routine started […]
I have this idea about the brain and how it works. When you are young, it is malleable, teachable. As you grow, it becomes fixed. What does that mean in a normal persons life? For me, this means that when I try something new (like learning to play guitar) if I don’t get it right […]
As a mom, I think of everything I need to remember and do. No wonder I have a hard time thinking! There’s too much to remember. Creating routines in my day helps to free up my mind for more important things. I believe everyone needs automatic routines in their life. But there is no doubt […]
Napping is essential…for me. I have to have a nap every day. One of my favorite saying is, I take back every nap I ever refused as a child. I need a nap. My children? Not so much. At least, they don’t seem to think so. Even when they sleep well they still need some […]
I set some goals for myself for the upcoming years. Important goals. And, while I am filled with fervor to accomplish these goals now, I know exactly what is going to happen. It may have already happened by the time you read this. I am going to stop caring! Oh, it will start small. One […]
Oh, you yellow arches. How you taunt me. How you call to me with your oil drenched, sweet tea offering, voice. Why do you have to deep fry everything in soy? Why do you fill your rooms with air-conditioned Play Places? Beckoning. Calling, “Come.
I wasn’t trying to get pregnant. I didn’t think it was possible. After weaning my 15 mo. old, I started menstruating. No surprise. But something was different, my period was so short…and light…and pain free? I thought I had scored! Then the next month it was even lighter…and lighter…and lighter…until it disappeared completely. I was […]
There are two things that make grocery shopping with children easier: involving them and distraction. This post focuses on involving them. Involving children in grocery shopping gives you the chance to teach them many skills. It takes work and patience but the results are worth it. After training them, you will notice that you work […]
I love grocery shopping. This wasn’t always so. I became the stay at home parent when our children were 4, 2, and newborn. At that time, I would load up all of the kids for our weekly trip to purgatory the grocery store. I remember one trip in particular: Faith was screaming (she was a […]
I was having a hard day. I am sure you can relate. Nothing in particular was going wrong, but I had a bad attitude about the day and my children. I remembered that the sun can sometimes make me feel better, so I made encouraged everyone to go outside. At first, going outside didn’t help. […]
Does this look familiar to anyone? Tell me I am not the only one! 5 easy steps to making Dinner a Disaster
Update: This is no longer working for us. To read about what we are doing now read Sleep Possible. I am leaving this on the website because I think it would work for many families and we might come back to it once our children are a little older. We have been struggling with bedtime […]
We live in a productivity culture. Multi-tasking is the coveted ability everyone strives for and holds up as perfection. Unfortunately, there are some serious side effects…or at least one. How can multi-tasking be bad? We think we are being more productive while multi-tasking. But are we? It takes me about 5 minutes to eat a […]
“Me” time is touted all over the internet as the best way to deal with a stressed out mom. I am going to argue that not only is it not the best thing for a mom, but that it actually interferes with being a happy mom. I will also share one thing that I have […]