Lessons in Joy (as taught by a toddler)

If you’re a parent, it’s no mystery that you can learn a LOT from your children.   If you’re a parent and you are confused by this statement… You’re not paying close enough attention.  My children have taught me more in their short, little lives than I have learned in decades of living.  So here […]

Everything I Yell At My Kid, I’m Still Learning!

“Just listen!!!” “Would you hurry up?!” “Ugh!  You get so distracted!” “If you open your eyes and your ears and close your MOUTH, you’d learn more!” “Stop asking questions!  You don’t need to be in control, just enjoy the ride!” “Don’t put that mermaid in the fan!”  (Ok, not everything) There have been times where […]

The White Noise Of “No” … Just Let It Go!

As soon as these little leaches realize that they are autonomous beings, they want to see what they can do… Like Elsa when she’s finally free to use her powers as she pleases, she sings, “It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through, no right no wrong, no rules for meeeeeeee, I’M FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!”

Pearls

Recently my 6-year-old has been struggling with the concept of… Well… struggling… Wait, what? Yeah yeah, stay with me here! She is upset when she sits down at the piano, or with a book, with some math, or a baseball and isn’t automatically an aficionado. She squirms in her seat (and in her own skin […]

Poop… And other messy things…

As I embark on the potty-training process with my 1.5 year old, I am slowly recalling this horrific process with my eldest daughter… I started out optimistic, (don’t we all) and decided upon my course of action (best laid plans) and determined it would be better than all of the parents before me… Yes, superior-first-time-mom-syndrome. […]

Pimum Non Nocere

Stumbling around in parenthood can be a little frightening at times. Like when the lights first go out and you’re in an unfamiliar room. Or even worse, you are in a familiar room, but someone’s moved all the furniture and strewn toys everywhere. Your mind races back to your own childhood and your brow furrows […]