Category Archive for 'Lessons'

Picking your battles

One thing I’ve learned about being a parent is that picking your battles is immeasurably important, otherwise you’re going to be fighting a lot of them. In fact, I’m a firm believer that this is one of the most important aspects of parenting. I used to be guilty of getting after the kids for what […]

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The purple "flute"

Yesterday I sort of shot myself in the foot. We were at the store and Logan had $1 to spend. He found a purple plastic recorder for 88¢. I encouraged him to get it because he’s always using his sisters’ recorders, which makes them very angry. They don’t want his germy little mouth anywhere near […]

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Once upon a time . . . it was clean

When I was single and first married, i.e., before I had kids, I was a fabulous housekeeper. My house was always sparkling and straightened up almost perfectly. I was a little obsessive about it, plus it was remarkably easy to keep that way, even though I felt like I was constantly cleaning up after my husband. […]

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Gifts of a disposable nature

NOTE: This is my post for yesterday, May 6, but I realized when I woke up this morning that I forgot to publish it last night. So, technically, I’m still doing my part in the blog-a-thon. Keeping in the same vein as my last post, this is one of my recent discoveries to help keep clutter at bay. […]

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The Game Boy Addiction

The girls’ Game Boy is currently “lost.” Well, it’s lost to Cody, anyway. A few Christmases ago, my mother-in-law asked me if it would be OK if they gave Rachel and Andie Game Boys for Christmas. Their uncle, 7 years their senior, had one and they loved playing it. I reluctantly said yes, not wanting to […]

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Kid language

Little kid language can be hilarious. Anyone with young children has undoubtedly had many a chuckle over something their kids have said in that little, earnest voice. Among some of the funny words and pronunciations my kids have come up with are: “Hop dog” for hot dog (Logan) “Cromfy” for comfy (Cody) “I no no” […]

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Making time for you

The early years of motherhood are tough. Trying to find time to brush your teeth, let alone get a shower, can be daunting. Even going to the bathroom in peace may be too much to ask for some days. I never understood the Calgon commercial that used to be on TV when I was kid. […]

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The moments, they are a-fleeting

My baby just turned four on Wednesday. I have very mixed feelings about this. While I’m happy to see him grow up and move into new areas of independence, not to mention the freedom this brings me as a mother, I can’t believe how fast he, and his siblings, are growing up. It’s cliche, but where […]

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Awwww . . .

Don’t you just love it when your kids do something sweet and innocently beautiful? Something that you’ll remember for the rest of your life because it was so darn cute and endearing? Logan crawled into bed with me a couple mornings ago. As I tried to go back to sleep — I’m not quite ready […]

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Name changes and other complaints

Yesterday, Cody came in the kitchen where I was working and said, “Mom, can we change my brother’s name to ‘Max’?” I laughed and asked him why. “I don’t like the name Logan,” he said. To which Logan indignantly replied, “I’m not Max! I’m Logan!” I explained that it isn’t nice to say you don’t […]

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