Parenting

For the Days You Get Nothing Done

A couple years ago, just about the time my daughter started to crawl, a close friend asked me over the phone how I was doing.  My reply was full of complaints about how crazy the day had been and how I'd gotten nothing done. She graciously listened and gently said, "You fed your daughter today, right? Multiple times even?  I bet you nursed her several times and attempted solids at…
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A Story on Transitioning to Motherhood

For some of us, transitions come fairly easily.  For others of us, transitions are painfully hard.  And for many of us, the kind of transition we're making determines the difficulty of the transition. For me the difficulty depends on the transition.  I know many friends who had a very difficult time transitioning away from their hometown for the first time.  Whether going to college, moving for a new job or…
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Because it has to be done…

                             While I am not a huge fan of doing laundry, I am a relatively huge fan of having clean clothes.  I say relatively because some weeks having clean clothes is overrated.  Here are a few tips I use to make laundry less daunting and less expensive. 1. Do what works for you I give several other…
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Faith

A Step Towards Contentment

Living in the moment is extremely difficult for me.  I am constantly planning, strategizing and imagining. I don't do it on purpose; it's the INTJ in me. It's who I am and what I've always done.  And it's not all bad.  I am rarely surprised by a situation's outcome because I've thought through all the most likely scenarios.  I consistently look to make things better and can see how actions…
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"Normal"

In my undergrad abnormal psychology class we discussed the definition of "normal" regularly throughout the semester.   The conclusion: "normal" is hard to define. So let's stop it.  Let's stop comparing our kids to their friends.  Let's stop scrutinizing our parenting based on cultural "norms." Besides, I have a hunch that most of us see normal as more idealistic than reality finds it. Instead, let's cling to the truth.  Let's…
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