Hey, friend. So you had a terrible day with your kids, huh? You know you should be laughing about it and coming up with witty hashtags to describe the multitude of irritations comprising your day, but you can’t. You’re pissed. You’re disappointed. And per the motherhood usual, you feel guilty about those feelings, thus completing […]
I knew it was smart to put on waterproof mascara today. With a long road trip (sans husband, just me and the girls) looming, the potential for disaster was higher than usual. And yep, I cried all the way out of town, allowing myself to be manipulated by my ballad-heavy “Epic Roadtrip Playlist.” As I drove, […]
Just a few weeks ago, I shared a post with strategies for “keeping your cool in a parenting crisis.” Thanks for the laughs, universe. I find these tips to be truly useful, but as a “hot responder,” staying calm isn’t exactly my forte. Today my ineptitude at handling chaos burst forth in all its glory. […]
I wrote this post two years ago, but I still struggle frequently with my tendency to overreact and blow up when parenting gets stressful. It was recently brought to my attention that I am the type of person categorized as a “hot responder” (Ahem. Everyone should have a good therapist.) in the psychology world. As […]
Complaining has become popular sport these days, and far be it from me to discourage it. Really, what brings people together more easily than griping about the weather, the line at the grocery store, or that bad call from the game last night? Wouldn’t we all agree that it’s totally disgusting when the bathroom sponge […]
Here is a non-news flash for you: Marriage is hard. Some newbies may be a bit bewildered when they realize that committed relationships are not the magic elixir for all that ails you, but long-term couples have likely already come to this sobering realization. Some may shrug with resignation, others fight the urge to inflict bodily harm […]
Well, we’ve survived Christmas! Now just NINE more long days of the holiday break to go… Stay strong, parent warriors! The holidays are fraught with opportunities for disappointing moments, meals, and potentially humiliating gift exchanges. Childhood magic-related epic fails abound. Did you have any epically disappointing moments this holiday season? Often, we’re too ashamed to […]
We have officially entered the six-week stretch that is often the most stressful time of year for people. Personally, I’m a sucker for the holidays—I love the Christmas music, the food, the parties, the events … but as a tightly-wound, highly sensitive person who burns out easily, I need to take extra care of myself this […]
Three-year-olds can be wonderful. And then, sometimes they totally suck.
Considering having a sleepover party for your third grader? Read these tips for success (or warnings) first.