I DO know how to toilet train my son!

It only took one year of trying! Exactly one year ago, I published this post entitled "I do not know how to toilet train my son." I swear that I wrote a follow-up post to the original, but I cannot seem to find it. I did, however, write a more recent post involving my son and the toilet, but ...

It was amazing

"You never play outside with us like that, mama!" my daughter said, smiling.  "I know, love," I began. "I want to play outside with you..." She cut me off.  "No, mama. You did play outside with us today and it was the most fun day ever. It was amazing." *** I cannot even begin to count how many times I have written ...

I have to help myself first right now

I just experienced something very strange. I picked up my son from school today and from the moment he put his little hand in mine he was asking about his toy ice cream truck. This was the toy that he was focused on playing with today (not the school bus, not the microwave, not Peppa, but the ...

#motherhood

Why lick the bowl of brownie batter when your brother can paint your face with it!?  Scene: Home, after a long, lovely winter break. It's the last day before going back to school.  11:30am Boy: Boppy! Do you want to go downstairs and get a snack together?! Girl: Yes! Boy: Yay! Because we are best friends! (I thought to myself, "Wow, these are ...

Walk the line

I stood at my back door after a stressful morning drop-off with my kids. I had been 1 minute shy of another tardy slip and so I raced to get my daughter to school on time and she made it. But it was tense. Anxiety seeped out from me; it was palpable. My kids felt it. It wasn't ...

Before 8am

As I start typing this post at 8:03am two thoughts are running through my head: 1. Please don't let there be some sort of major spill, disaster, mess, destructive episode, injury or otherwise in the five minutes that I step away to write this post (during which time I have my six-year-old "babysitting") and 2. I have already ...

We are doing this

My relationship with my son is an extremely complex one. It is so easy for me to write about my daughter (my mini-me); in fact, I have literally hundreds of posts from which to choose, that would each somehow illustrate her character or our bond. I was just searching for the post in which I ...

Cirque du Momei.

I am so blessed to have a small but mighty (AMAZING) team of caregivers for my children. My kids have only been watched by family and those who we treat as such. So today, when a beloved babysitter came to spend time with the kids, they were overjoyed. She took them to the park to play ...

She gets her weirdness from me.

This evening, after the kids were fed and we had some family snuggles, the baby was put to bed and I decided to spend some quality time with my pink-haired little girl. We shared a chocolate covered m&m pretzel and she told me about her day. And then we got on the subject of "describing" things. ...

Picture Day.

Today is Picture Day. It will be my daughter's fourth picture day at her Pre-School and it is always an exciting day for the kids and their parents. In the past, we have always made sure to pick out special outfits with care. Last night, before bed, my daughter and I made a plan to pick out a ...