family

The Real Family Photos and Why I Fake It

A small downfall of being a single mom is the lack of pictures of the kids that actually include you in it. Like most moms of the 21st century, I have my phone on hand at all times to capture the small memories and moments that make up our everyday, but when I look back at the pictures, there is always a noticeable lack of me. Sure, there is the occasional family selfie but nothing that truly reflects our family and the times that we have together. Though I don’t particularly enjoy having my picture taken and tend to shy away from the lens anyway, it is nice to have a family photo record acknowledging that yes I was indeed there at least in a few pictures. (more…)

This Will All Be Over Someday

Bad weeks have a funny way of creeping up on you. Sometimes you can see the culprit of the bad week coming from a mile away, but most of the time, you’re are moving along in life quite normally, then all of a sudden, a series of events or stressors lands you plopped in the middle of a bad week. It’s funny how small the details of the bad week can be when retelling it to a friend, and I won’t bore you with those details here. In reality, most of them are insignificant and will soon pass. (more…)

You’re Speaking My Language

Maddie is going through a phase. I’ve been referring to it by its’ very scientific name – “The Tough Dropoff Phase.” Two weeks ago, she adored her daycare. She loves her teacher and her friends. She learns new words and concepts each day. Her true admiration is made evident by her brisk run into school holding my hand each morning then promptly dropping it to take the teacher’s as she walks through the door. I, as any good mother would do, used the hand she had dropped to pat myself on the back each morning for raising such a well-adjusted kid and choosing the best daycare environment for her. A classic mom mistake. Let this be a warning to you, moms. The instant you congratulate yourself on a job well done, things are bound to change. (more…)

Good Mothers Ask Great Questions

I’ve recently joined the masses who listen to audio books in the car. It’s not a favorite pastime of mine, but as a single mom, I don’t have much, or any, time to read, and I still do want to further my own knowledge about different subjects. More on audio books at a different time. The particular book that I am listening to now is called Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell. The premise of the book is great, and as I connect the material to my work, I also cannot help but connect it to my role as a mother. (more…)