Category: Parenting

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Day 110/365 Musical Chairs

Good evening! This is one of those nights in which I find myself dreaming of my head hitting my pillow, and yet I have written nothing here…why did I commit to this 365 day challenge? Who am I challenging, exactly? Myself. Oh, Right. It makes total sense that I’d do this to myself during an incredibly stressful and exhausting time in my life. Idiot. … Read More Day 110/365 Musical Chairs

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Day 109/365 My Heart

Though I don’t often have my daughters on the weekends, I thought I was going to have the long holiday weekend with them. As it turned out, due to a communication fail, their dad had had the same plan – to spend four days with the girls.  Since I do have a lot of time with them, especially in the summer, I told him … Read More Day 109/365 My Heart

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Day 102/365 Front Row Seat

“Can I go down to the dock?” she whispers into my ear, gently waking me in the early morning. “Sure,” I reply, “Can I come too?” She beams, “Yes!” I go into the bathroom to splash some water on my face. When I emerge I see she has already grabbed a wool blanket off one of the beds. She takes my hand. We venture … Read More Day 102/365 Front Row Seat

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Day 97/365 Dirty Girls

You may not know this about my mother, but she always has worn the tool belt in the family.  That’s right, when my brothers or my ex-husband have needed to borrow a tool – say, a bandsaw or something along those lines – they’d call and ask my mother, not my dad. My mom tells the story like this – when we were little … Read More Day 97/365 Dirty Girls

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Day 95/365 Burning Questions

I was really looking forward to my children’s summer vacation this year.  I had it all planned out… A lot of my work is actually done online – responding to and sending emails, accounting, managing schedules, marketing, etc. There also needs to be someone physically there in my office, overseeing things and handling things on site as they come up. I have set things … Read More Day 95/365 Burning Questions

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Day 58/365 On (Single) Mothers’ Day

The girls and I got in late last night after a week-long trip. By morning they had both made their way into my bed. As soon as Beau opened her eyes she softly murmured, “Happy Mother’s Day.”  Ruby followed suit, and nuzzled her face into my neck. All of us, a bit exhausted from our vacation, laid there for a while together – a warm … Read More Day 58/365 On (Single) Mothers’ Day

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Day 47/365 Kindness is Free, but It Might Make You Late

Last year we used to miss the school bus quite a bit.  I don’t know why. Something about frequent wardrobe malfunctions and generally not having our shit together by 7:15am.  Beau drew this hilarious picture last year of the three of us running to catch the bus. The drawing is an interesting study in and of itself – my older child blaming herself for the … Read More Day 47/365 Kindness is Free, but It Might Make You Late

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Day 21/365 Brave Face

I got a message last week from a friend who has been reading my blog, which is, of course, about my grief process in the wake of my father’s death. She wrote that her biggest regret as a parent is that she never showed her children how to be vulnerable. She thought she had been protecting them by always showing them a strong façade. … Read More Day 21/365 Brave Face

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Day 18/365 Night Magic

There are magic moments. For me, one of those moments is watching my children fall asleep.  I don’t mean that to be funny, but believe me, I completely understand why you’d think I do. There have been many nights, especially when they were very young, that the moment sleep overtook them felt more like a (very, very) hard won victory than any sort of … Read More Day 18/365 Night Magic