The Power of Saying No

April 3, 2014 / 1 Comment

  I have a kitchen calendar that’s pretty much the nerve center of our home. The kids scrawl all of their activities into the proper date boxes — yes, even the 5-year old, who painstakingly forms each letter as I slowly spell whatever word he needs to publish on the family agenda. Doctors’ appointments, meetings,…

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You won’t believe how [blank] this [blank] is!

February 21, 2014 / 2 Comments

I‘m so tired of all the videos floating around social media that say something like “Cutest [blank] ever!” “You won’t believe how [blank] this [blank] is!” “Don’t watch this without tissues!” Invariably, I watch these things and then wonder why I spent the time on something that just couldn’t live up to the hype. The…

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Talking to myself at the end of a long day

October 2, 2013 / 1 Comment

And tonight I ask myself this: “Patricia, did we do a good job of modeling patience and understanding for our children tonight?” And I answer: “Uh, no. No we didn’t.” “Can we do better tomorrow?” “I’ll try. But … they’re so whiny. And they argue so much …” “Patricia …” “And they never stop needing…

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The day I almost put my child in a dumpster

July 16, 2013 / 8 Comments

So who else went dumpster diving last weekend? Saturday was one of those high-intensity parenting days where the kids fought all day — loudly and with much enthusiasm — at home and in public. Mommy (that’s me) had no patience left. Mommy (again, me) had already texted this message to another mom who was bringing…

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Overachieving mommies: Stop ruining Valentine’s Day for the rest of us

February 14, 2013 / 1 Comment

Overachieving mommies, I beg you: Hands offa Valentine’s Day. Checking Facebook tonight before bed I saw a disturbing number of posts from people who were still up near midnight. Why? Because they were making homemade Valentine’s Day cards for their kids’ classes. I even read a few posts that mentioned presents for classmates that needed…

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A Retroactive Christmas: When the spirit hits too late

January 6, 2013 / 0 Comments

This is how Christmas felt this year: I was on a freeway driving someplace that I HAD to get to and I had to make good time. I blinked through my lopsided glasses as I tried peer through the salty, grimy haze on the windshield, not completely certain that some of that haze wasn’t in…

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