this is a page for

Life

The Unacceptable Lack of Acceptance That Mothers Aren’t Perfect

We should be worried mamas. The pressure, the constant stress, the emotional and mental burden we carry with us ALL…THE…TIME, it’s taking a toll. This wasn’t the post I planned to publish today. I was going to share with you some things I’ve learned over these past 8 weeks of blogging. But I spent this past weekend reading several articles that expose just how real our situation is becoming. First, this article from Oprah – The New Midlife Crisis – Why (and How) It’s Hitting Gen X Women…

More Than Body Image – 6 Tips For Raising Mentally Strong, Self-Confident Daughters

How Do We Raise Our Daughters to Trust in Their Own Abilities, Qualities, and Judgment? Does it just happen naturally? As mothers, do we just give them a few compliments and hope for the best? Or, like most life skills, is it something we have to make a conscious effort to build? There have been many articles on how to raise confident daughters. Several, like this one featured by the Child Mind Institute, provide excellent guidance on how to help our daughters build their confidence based on what they can do, not on what they look like. Others offer concrete…

11 Untold Truths About Motherhood

I’m now in my 10th year of motherhood. And I think it’s fair to say at this point that there were a few things missing from the books, classes, and support groups. Things that, if I had known about may have made me think a little harder about becoming a mother. So let’s just kick it off with a real doozey, shall we? Before becoming a mother, no one had the decency to tell me that my daughter would go through a sh*t-playing phase. Seriously, that’s some important information. It’s…

13 Times I Captured Pure Joy on My Daughter’s Face

One of my favorite things to do is look back through old photos. As the years go on, you tend to forget all the moments of happiness, joy, and love you’ve experienced. I have a ton of pics of my daughter, Kendall. Sprinkled throughout all those pics are numerous expressions. I love them all for different reasons. But the expression I gravitate to the most is her look of pure joy, probably because nine times out of ten she clams up when the camera comes out. Stinker…  🙂 Anyway, here are 13 very special moments I was lucky…

5 Things You Must Do the 1st Quarter of Every School Year

The kids have been back in school for a few weeks now. They’re settling in. You’re settling in. Everything is humming like a well-oiled machine. But if one of your kiddos is on an IEP, making sure the school year is going well includes adding some extra “to dos” to your already overloaded list (sorry mamas). My daughter is now in 3rd grade and has always been on an IEP. I didn’t use to do much at the start of a new school year. Unfortunately, my lack of foresight resulted in us struggling through a few…

5 Signs You Might Be An Odd Mom

If you’ve found your way to the Odd Moms Club, I’m betting there are reasons you sometimes feel like you don’t fit in either. That is, of course, my story and the reason OMC was founded. But, I didn’t share with you in my first post why I feel this way. And ‘odd’ is not usually a word used to describe oneself, so why have I chosen to use it here? Meriam can help… The dictionary defines ‘odd’ as… Differing in nature from what is ordinary…

Daycare Scare – What Do You Do When Daycare Doesn’t Want Your Kid – Part 1

I got the email today. The one I’ve been waiting for for the past 10 weeks. The one from my daughter’s daycare saying they are “concerned” about being able to continue to provide a safe environment for her while at the same time meeting the needs of all the other kids in her room. Are you reading between the lines too? Let me translate for you… Unlike typical children, your daughter requires more specialized attention than what we can provide; i.e. she is too much for us to handle. You need to find…

Why We Need a Safe Place for the “Odd Moms”

I’m a little odd…I’ll admit it. I’ve never really felt like I fit in. Even during childhood, I was always aware that I was someone who didn’t make friends easily, who didn’t feel comfortable in a crowd, who felt like the other kids were laughing at her. It might be because I’m an only child (thanks, mom, and dad), or maybe it’s just my personality. Regardless, these feelings have stayed with me into adulthood. Today, I am a 39-year-old woman. Professional career…