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lose your temper

How to Parent When You’re Out of Patience

Last weekend, I was a terrible parent.  I had to actively suppress my frustration with my kids almost all day, both days. I didn’t enjoy spending time with them as they whined about everything, asked me the same questions over and over, and bickered about inconsequential things. With the husband traveling for work, I let them have […]

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Cursing around kids

I’ve Gotta Watch My Thucking Mouth

Fact #1: It feels good to curse.  The “F word” is by far my favorite and most over-used expletive; this versatile linguistic phenomenon suits any circumstance!  It’s powerful, empowering, funny, and oh-so-satisfying.  Sometimes, it’s the only word that will do.  Plus, in 2009 researchers found that swearing helps alleviate pain!  Don’t argue with science.  So […]

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real mom confessions

Being a Mom Has Given Me a Split Personality

We all (probably) like to fancy ourselves as steady, stable people.  Reliable!  In control of our thoughts and emotions!  But let’s face it, motherhood – or maybe just busy adulthood – has a way of… diversifying our thought processes.  One minute, you’re calm, rational, and collected.  The next, you are wondering how bad it would […]

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Learning How to Parent Little Kids: An Ode to Partnership, Self-Awareness, & Sticker Charts

When you’re a parent to kids under five, everything seems to revolve around them (I wonder if/when this changes…).  Are they sleeping and eating?  Are they socialized, healthy, and happy?  Milestones… What about the milestones?!?  These questions shape those fleeting early years.  Frankly, as long as you’re maintaining some semblance of sanity while keeping the […]

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