How New Year’s Eve changes after you have kids.

New Year's Eve used to be a big deal. In my younger years plans were laid out weeks ahead of time. It felt important to really nail the whole New Year's thing in order for the upcoming year to get off on the right foot. As the years have gone by a lot of things … Continue reading How New Year’s Eve changes after you have kids.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without sick kids.

Christmas tree, presents, cookies, vomit, boogers, and fevers. All of these things describe Christmas traditions in our home. Since having children we have not experienced a holiday season without a gross illness sweeping through our household. It's as if my family's immune system takes a holiday during Christmas break. Our home echoes with sneezes, coughing, … Continue reading It wouldn’t be Christmas without sick kids.

And God Laughed: Taking on church with kids.

Going anywhere with kids is like playing a twisted game of Russian Roulette. When you pull the trigger and leave the house you could end up with a scenario of a gentle adrenaline letdown with an anticlimactic outing or you could experience the unfortunate proverbial bullet. Church is one of those destinations that seems to … Continue reading And God Laughed: Taking on church with kids.

Using toddler logic in the adult world.

There have been several instances during my parenting career where I have caved.   I fully admit that I give in to the crazy behaviors of my children.   Sometimes their wills are simply stronger than mine and they win the battle.    These instances got me thinking.  What if our little ankle-biters are really … Continue reading Using toddler logic in the adult world.

I Feel I need an Explanation: Parenting Edition 

Part of parenting is dealing with the daily moments of, "What the hell?"  It seems that every day poses new questions that I simply cannot answer. Whose bright idea is this?  First, I swear I am the only person in my household who is aware that light switches have the possibility of being turned off. … Continue reading I Feel I need an Explanation: Parenting Edition 

The psychological torture of the car-cart

Grocery shopping with kids is stressful by itself.   Trying to remember everything, stay on budget, and not lose my mind while wrangling small children in public is no easy feat. Then enter the level of hell that is the grocery car-cart. On the surface one would assume that the car-cart is a fun distraction … Continue reading The psychological torture of the car-cart

We don’t call it bribery. We call it goal making. So there.

Lately, my 5 year old has been a real handful. Arguments, back talk, sass, the whole shebang. I could tell him the sky is blue and he would contradict me. It is exhausting. Timeouts do not work, taking things away does not work, so what's left? Bribery, er, I mean, goal-making. Most recently I had … Continue reading We don’t call it bribery. We call it goal making. So there.