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.

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.

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