Never Mess with a Mother Bird

Kids are embarrassing. We all know that. They wreak havoc in grocery stores and tell strangers our secrets, but they are not the sole source of our embarrassment. Sometimes we can handle that all on our own. In fact, I’m very good at that. Until this last week, I have been proud of the fact that I have never been YouTube-worthy. I fear I may have ruined that. (more…)

6 Tricks to Get Sleepy Kids Out of Bed

Last Wednesday, Riley made the big transition to kindergarten. Truth be told, it was a big transition for everybody. With the new school has come a new routine for all of us — an earlier routine that requires us to be out of the house half an hour sooner than we are used to. That may not sound like a lot of time, but with the summer daylight still affecting our nighttime sleep routine, it’s been a drag. A literal drag of small children out from under the covers each morning. A not-happy, not-so-quiet drag. (more…)

What the F**k Did You Say?

With the new school year have come new changes. Story is embarrassed to be seen in a dress — “That’s not who I am, Mom.” She has stopped cuddling me (which I’m sure is going to be a future post; pity me, moms, I’m in a bad state). She rolls her eyes and shrugs when I ask how her day was. And she’s started cursing. She’s in second grade.

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