I’m still learning to pick my parenting battles

letting go

I blinked. That was my first mistake. I blinked and my babies are gone. In their place are two children. Two individuals with their own interests, opinions and personalities. It’s time for me to let go a little. I’m not a helicopter parent by any stretch. But I’m not exactly free-range either. I like to… [Read More]

“But how can you love me?”

My sweet firstborn child… You about broke my heart last night. We had a disagreement. I made a suggestion for bedtime that you found particulary offensive. You were rude. I got mad. There were tears. There was yelling. And then you went to bed. When I came in to go through our regular routine (talk… [Read More]

Yes, my kid still uses a booster seat

boy in booster seat

I remember when Mr. A was born I read an article that talked about kids being in car seats until they were 10. I scoffed! Literally. Out loud. Of course, what the heck did I know…I was a first-time parents who was hyper-focused on my itty-bitty newborn. Ten seemed so far away. Ten seemed so… [Read More]

It’s no joke, parenting is hard

A MESSAGE TO PARENTS

Let me first just put this on the table…kids are amazing. Being a parent is fulfilling and wonderful and I’ve never known a love quite like it. But it’s also hard. Really, really hard. All of it. Newborns, babies, preschoolers, tweens, teens…heck, even being a parent to an ADULT can be hard (ask my mom!)…. [Read More]

How do I teach my daughter about beauty?

#realbeauty is

Last week, I sat in a room with about 20 other women and we talked about beauty and the stereotypes that women have to deal with. (Yes, men have to deal with some too, but for the purpose of this post, let’s just focus on women.) We talked about self-esteem and the struggle women have… [Read More]

The “last time” is just around the corner

My Kiddos

I lay in bed with my newly eight year old, scratching his back and talking about our day. As exhaustion took over, he asked for my pinky, which he holds every night for just a few minutes while I sing Silent Night. It’s a silly little thing that brings him comfort and allows me a… [Read More]

What not to ask families with “just” one child

What not to ask the parent of one child

*I am so pleased to share this post from local Raleigh mom, Lynn Iannucci. We all have a story, even if it often goes untold.  ————-“Just the one?” It’s a question from a fellow parent. “Yes,”, I answer. I try really hard not to fill the blank space with a reason. I want to say, “But I… [Read More]

Looking for the Pause Button

Boys Looking out at yard together

I absolutely love this stage of life that we’re in. My boys are on the verge of turning six and three and this is my most favorite, everything feels right with the world, happy heart stage of motherhood yet and I keep looking for the pause button. The problem is, it’s just not there. How… [Read More]