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The One-Month Diet Check-in From Hell

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For about a month now, I’ve been on a diet. That means no soft bread, rice or even cupcakes that my friends brought over for my birthday. No honey-glazed anything, no stress candy bar from Walgreens and of course, no beer. My old friend, full of smooth, sweet barley and hops. And yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve lost 20 pounds in …

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An Open Letter to Baby Jesus and Prayer for the Summer

School's out for summer.

I love my kid and everything but on the last day of school, I needed to pen a quick open letter to Baby Jesus to help get us through the summer. Dear Baby Jesus, As you know, today was the last day of school. That’s right; for twelve weeks our kids are with us 24 hours a day, seven days …

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The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Summer with Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Summer with Kids

It’s that time again, guys. Within a few weeks all of our kids will be home for summer break, annoying us between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. If we work at home or stay at home and don’t get credit for our work, we’ll be busy at a time when we are normally freed from the chains …

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8 Ways I’m #ROCKINGMOTHERHOOD

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Heather from Word To Your Mother tagged me to take part in the Rocking Motherhood blog challenge. According to Heather, “the idea of Rocking Motherhood started with Patricia at White Camellias as a way for mothers to look at the job they are doing, raising the next generation, and celebrate all the ways they’re killing it!” And let’s face it, …

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Free Range Parenting in the 21st Century

21st century parenting

Almost all of the kids in our neighborhood are pretty much free range. I enjoy the fact that they can run outside and play without an adult on their ass. They learn to entertain themselves, they get plenty of exercise and, let’s face it, it’s less work for me, as a parent. But how is it that someone who is so anxiety-ridden, …

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Lessons To Teach Your Kids

life lessons to teach your kids

Parenting isn’t all fun and games. Lately I’ve realized there are some hard life lessons that I need to teach my spawn. She’s naturally a little softer than I was as a kid and certainly more plush than I am now. She’s got a fair bit of “people pleaser” in her and that just doesn’t do anyone any favors in …

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Showing Teachers Real Appreciation

Showing Teachers Real Appreciation

The first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week in Texas and it appears the rest of the country celebrates it the week after. It figures that the Lone Star State would have to go and screw up the rotation. Either way – the month of May exists to celebrate teachers. After all, they’ve just spent the last eight months …

Giving In To Needing Control

There are some things I just won’t do for my kid. I don’t wake her up sweetly by rubbing her back and singing a Good Morning song. In fact, it’s usually “Heeeeyyyyy! Wake up! We’re late! Damnit! Get up!” most mornings if her alarm fails to rile her. I don’t make her a separate dinner when she doesn’t want what …

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Mansplaining How To Be A Good Mom And Other Judgments

Mansplaining

Writing for all of the world to see these past two months – Wait? It’s not all of the world? I’m being hyperbolic and there’s really only about 250 people reading my shit on a good day? OK, writing for ANYONE to read these past two months – I’ve opened myself up for judgment and ridicule. Most people have been …

The Best Homework Hack For Parents

Homework Hack for Parents

If you’re the parent of a school-age child, you’ve undoubtedly sat at the kitchen table for at least an hour trying to tackle homework until either you and/or your child is in tears. It’s almost a right of passage. You threaten, you yell and you travel through the stages of grief; it’s shit for the birds all around. Let’s face …