The Scale Says I Blew It


My personal trainer is Connor Brown at Push Pull Performance. Fridays and Mondays are my agreed upon weigh-in days.  You may note that Friday always follows Thanksgiving. This week that is rather unfortunate. The scale says I blew it. I knew 20 minutes into the feeding frenzy yesterday that I blew it. I wasn't enjoying … Continue reading The Scale Says I Blew It

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Still include in the better yet ideal return home


The ideal return Home still includes someone's eyes lighting up when you walk through the door or better yet meeting you at your car door with an back breaking embrace already starting so you can't begin to get out of the car but not staring through you with resigned disappointment not seeing you as you come … Continue reading Still include in the better yet ideal return home

Like crepe paper


This morning I'm spending some time researching in preparation for a parenting workshop I am presenting in September. The concept of intentional parenting is very personal. I adamantly believe in shaping safe and accepting environments for children to develop, expanding the definition of discipline pass punishment, and of being present and available for our children. … Continue reading Like crepe paper

Fair Warning: Not buying into #mommyfail


I can be "that mom." The mom who doesn't take yesterday's lunchbox out of the backpack and yet sends it back the next day not remembering to even empty it and put in a new fresh lunch. I lose the papers. I forget the parent conferences. I'm not ever going to be the Room Mom. … Continue reading Fair Warning: Not buying into #mommyfail

I may be a slightly different model of motherhood


I can't stop thinking about Mrs. Nancy Eisen. She got to go home last week to Heaven leaving an asteroid size crater here on Earth. I'm jealous. She left years of pain and suffering for all the good stuff we should all be holding out for. She didn't settle for...this. But even though she knew … Continue reading I may be a slightly different model of motherhood

Why This Morning I Want To Wake The Dead


I'm a brain nerd. I love reading about brain development especially in early childhood but now in early teens, too. I love hearing about how the brain "re-learns" after trauma. Of course, I'm a self-confessed stalker so it's fascinates me to no end when I can see something different is being thought in the head … Continue reading Why This Morning I Want To Wake The Dead

9 Things I Tell My Daughter


All my children are amazing. No really. This is not just a mom thing. All 3 of My Reasons are incredibly distinct and unique beings. I'm fiercely proud of them and protective as well. We spend a lot of time talking about their thoughts, dreams, frustrations. About our expectations, reassurances, advice, beliefs, and faith. Here's … Continue reading 9 Things I Tell My Daughter

For once, I just wanted to be one of “those moms.”


For once, I just wanted to be one of "those moms."               My kids have been back in school for a week. We started off on the right foot. All of the school supplies bought 2 weeks before hand. All of them sorted and labeled properly before Meet The … Continue reading For once, I just wanted to be one of “those moms.”

3 Things I learned this week from Little Miss Darby Graham


I have a little friend whom I've never been blessed with actually meeting. Before you start questioning the voices in my head, this little friend actually exists. Her name is Darby Graham and I think she's pretty neat. I call her Little Miss just because. At four, she digs bling so I try to send … Continue reading 3 Things I learned this week from Little Miss Darby Graham