Watching my anxiety develop in my son: Guilt and frustration.

My anxiety is functional. I am hyper-organized, I am prepared for anything, and I am typically 10 steps ahead of reality. My mind also never stops. I over analyze every conversation. I have certain fears that are irrational but very real to me. My anxiety has lead to me having success academically and professionally but … Continue reading Watching my anxiety develop in my son: Guilt and frustration.

When Your Kids Act as a Cautionary Tale of the Importance of Birth Control.

C1 (5-year old boy) and C2 (3-year old girl) had been picking at each other all day.  The amount of tattling, screaming, and general asshole behavior was getting at my last nerve.  This irritating behavior had escalated to a full-blown game of "bitch, slap, whine, repeat".  I was exhausted. I had the brilliant (you know if I describe myself … Continue reading When Your Kids Act as a Cautionary Tale of the Importance of Birth Control.

The Ultimate “Me Time”: A Kid Free Vacation

Parenting by definition is stressful. Constantly being subjected to the energy sucking nature of kids takes a toll mentally, physically, and emotionally. There reaches a point where you have to make a choice. You have to choose your own well-being above all. For any parent this is by no means an easy task… but it … Continue reading The Ultimate “Me Time”: A Kid Free Vacation

No need to sugarcoat: Advocating for straight talk with your kids. 

This is one of the parts of parenting that I typically get judged pretty hard for. I find no logical reason to not be straight forward with my children. No one in the world is going to placate my children or keep their world in isolated perfection. The more honest and open I can be … Continue reading No need to sugarcoat: Advocating for straight talk with your kids. 

Some days I rock the “Mom” title.  Today my kids ate 2-pounds of sandwich meat for breakfast while I slept. 

I was tired.   I desperately needed some extra sleep after being held-over to work until 3am.  It was a cool morning and my husband had cracked a window in our bedroom.   I was cuddled under a down blanket.   My husband had left for work, so the bed was mine. The baby woke … Continue reading Some days I rock the “Mom” title.  Today my kids ate 2-pounds of sandwich meat for breakfast while I slept. 

Holiday Induced Anxiety 

I want to cherish the holidays.   I want to create an experience and tradition for my family that they will cherish through their adult lives.  I am so focused on manufacturing their experience, that I am missing it. I am allowing my anxiety to steal my holiday experience.  I grew up away from immediate … Continue reading Holiday Induced Anxiety 

Cut the Crap: The sanctimommy B.S. needs to stop

Motherhood is hard.  If you are anything like me you are likely your biggest critic. I experience constant doubt about my parenting skills.  I often wonder just how badly I'm screwing up my kids.  There have been multiple moments that I am sure a therapist will hear about in 20-years or so.    Adding the critical … Continue reading Cut the Crap: The sanctimommy B.S. needs to stop

A list of crap I can’t believe I’ve said: Parenting Edition

I am one of those parents that usually speaks before I think.   This results in some super random comments coming out of my mouth. Potty training: "Don't touch the poop!" "No, your vagina and your butthole are not the same thing." "It will not miss you, flush." "It's cool that you can pee with no … Continue reading A list of crap I can’t believe I’ve said: Parenting Edition

Hostile Negotiations: True Parenting Skill

There have been times in my budding parenting career that a true battle of wills has ensued.  I never thought I would spend so much time and energy trying to rationalize with a freaking toddler.  These conversations are unavoidable, but they are survivable. Pick your battles. Before the battle begins, make sure it is worth … Continue reading Hostile Negotiations: True Parenting Skill