Motherhood Archive

Deep Thoughts and Delayed Bedtime

Our children’s most effective weapon against bedtime is asking a poignant question. You know the kind I’m talking about. It’s deep. Thought-provoking. Requires a complex answer.  There’s no way you can just tuck them in with a quick pat and retreat. Me-time will have to wait because real parenting is necessary here. A question like that was
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The End of an Era

August 2012: first day of preschool No celebrity tributes. No farewell performances from the Goo Goo Dolls. We probably don’t have a trending hashtag, either. While the western world was hyper-focused on bidding Dave a fond farewell, we celebrated our last child finishing his last day of preschool this morning. It’s a bittersweet parenting milestone.
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I’m Guest Blogging at Mom’s Small Victories. Let’s Talk About Vacations.

I’m a guest over at Mom’s Small Victories today for Be Our Guest Fridays. We’re chatting about planning a vacation that keeps the kids of multiple ages content and doesn’t completely exhaust the parents, either. What’s your go-to destination for family fun? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Click over here and join the conversation.
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How Whovian Are You: A Clueless Mom’s Quest to Understand

  It all started with a conversation about someone’s customized  iPhone case. We were out for ice cream in June, celebrating the last day of school. Our oldest son glanced over at the next table and said, “Hey, she has the TARDIS on her phone.” I’m sorry. What? Cue the eye roll, expertly paired with
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Throwback Thursday: Preschool Firsts and Lasts

I took our last child to his last first day of preschool this morning. Are you with me? Good. It was a milestone that passed with little fanfare. I didn’t cry and he didn’t, either. After a few hugs initiated by him and words of encouragement, compliments of me, I handed him off to his
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The Superior Awesomeness of Boyhood

The two days after Christmas are not my favorite. All of the excitement has faded and I’m starting to twitch because no one who lives here appears to possess the motivation to restore order. There’s still shredded wrapping paper strewn across the floor, empty Lego boxes in the corner and newly assembled toys hogging every
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Celebrating Family Stories Month: What’s In Your Archives?

In the midst of all the other things we celebrate and pay tribute to this month, November is also known as ‘Family Stories’ Month. I suppose that means we celebrate the stories that define our families. Awareness of our genealogy and heritage is emphasized in my family, both the one that birthed me and the
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Behind the Scenes: The Imperfectly Awesome Birthday

It’s one of my life’s little ironies … the kid who is constantly moving, cracking jokes, making us laugh and often impersonating some mode of transportation (planes, trains and race cars) is the one who vehemently objects to birthday parties on his big day. I think we might have had a party for him when
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Behind the Scenes: There’s a Mouse in My Bowl and Other Life Lessons

Bleary-eyed and grumpy, I scooped the dog’s food out of the bag this morning at 6:53 and poured not only a cup full of kibble into the bowl, but also a mouse. He blinked and waved hello. Just kidding. He picked up another morsel of dog food and kept eating like he belonged there. At
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Behind the Scenes: Choosing Joy

At first glance, they are adorable. Three boys. Three chairs. Caught in a candid moment that melts a mama’s heart. But this is the last time they’ll sit in these chairs for awhile. The car is jam-packed with all our worldly possessions–at least the ones we thought we couldn’t live without for a week–we’re sweating
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