Let's be honest - parenting is hard work
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Let's be honest - parenting is hard work

I am grateful. I have four, beautiful, healthy, fairly happy but headstrong children. Raising them up, teaching them right from wrong and spending all my time with them can be rewarding. I love them more than anything and I chose this life, but here's the thing: it's hard.

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Then and now: 10 things I've learned as a mom
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Then and now: 10 things I've learned as a mom

I used to care about everything that went into my children's mouth. I used to criticize parents that would park their children in front of the TV. Dear unknown judged parents, I'm sorry. Forgive my naivete.

I'm sorry, I don't speak whine
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I'm sorry, I don't speak whine

My kids are having trouble asking for things without whining. And with their whiney wishes there's a negative comment that follows or an indignant request, like it's my fault they're starving and I should bring them something, which they will inevitably find fault with, on a silver platter.

The true story of 'Where the Wild Things Are'
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The true story of 'Where the Wild Things Are'

A text comes through on my phone while I'm putting laundry away: I just saw one of your children running (down the) street naked. I responded to the text: Sounds about right. Kids are a wild species. As parents, it's hard to know how to tame them and what to let slide.

Flashback Friday: Trampoline karma
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Flashback Friday: Trampoline karma

The kids had been enjoying their new trampoline for weeks when the giggling shouts of invitation called my name. It all came back to me like I was 13 and my teenage self thought "I'll try a flip" and I started getting my bounce on because you need a lot of force to flip forward and stick it. Apparently, I got too much force.

When toddlers drop four-letter words
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When toddlers drop four-letter words

There's that three seconds where you think, "Nah, they didn't just say that." So you ask them to repeat themselves. You're immediately sorry.

Flashback Friday: When my babies were evil geniuses
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Flashback Friday: When my babies were evil geniuses

So it seems I have an evil genius on my hands. Possibly two. You may too if ...

Summer hours
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Summer hours

"Hi, Mom! I got up extra early to spend some time with you!" I pry my eyes open to see one of my 6-year old twins standing next to my bed fully dressed and ready for the day. I roll over to look at the clock. 5:45. Awesome.

Finding time to write this summer ... only from bed
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Finding time to write this summer ... only from bed

I clearly remember us all saying when summer came we could all chill. Then summer came and we decided to cram every freaking summer camp available into the first two weeks of June. Why?!

Mother ships
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Mother ships

As I pass by another minivan with a another mama I recognize, I do a half-smile and wave. It's the closest we will ever come to having a conversation. She's probably awesome, I just don't have enough energy for any extracurricular activities/relationships.

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