Eggs with a side of yelling… and socks.

No, I PROMISE I am not going to do 31 days of eggs.  I think I’ve egg-zausted the whole egg thing for now. This is more about the yelling thing.

I yelled this morning.

About socks.

I’m really grouchy about having to write it down too. [Read more…]

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MOMtor Monday – Why my kids are at private school

Happy Monday morning friends!  It’s my MOMtor Monday and I’m over at Mothering From Scratch.

I’m sharing why my kids are at private school.  It’s part of a larger discussion about school, homework, and how different choices are right for different families.   I love it because it’s absolutely NOT a mommy war thing.  How refreshing is that!

So go on over and join in the conversation!

>>>>> Why my kids are at private school. <<<<< [Read more…]

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Please don’t label my son

With the start of every school year, it starts again.  It’s parent teacher conference time.  It’s time, once again, for the professional educators to try and label my son.

The thing is… well… he doesn’t fit neatly into any of the predefined categories.  He defies diagnosis.  He’s been that way since before birth.

So once again, I’ll be sitting with a teacher who will ask for his label.  Once again, I know she probably won’t like my answer…

It started before his birth. [Read more…]

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How to Encourage Whining

My house has been under attack from the whining monster.  Again.

Let me start by saying that I loathe whining.  It’s a family trait.

When my oldest son first picked up the whining habit, he wasn’t even two yet.  My mom looked me in the eyes and said

you whined too…. ONCE.

I have no memory of what she meant, but the gleam in her eyes was enough. [Read more…]

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I’m old enough to remember losing

I’m old enough to remember losing.  I’m old enough that no one was really worried about my self esteem when I was growing up.

When I was little, I didn’t get participation trophies for showing up.

I distinctly remember losing.

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Why we turned our backs on soccer this year

Before school even started, our family made a choice not to participate in soccer this fall.

I’ve made no secret about how I feel about the sport.  I love the lessons my kids have learned in sports, but I’m not that fond of soccer.  I make a horrible soccer mom.

So there is a small part of me that’s doing the happy dance because I don’t have to go pretend that I care about a sport I don’t care about.

We’re skipping soccer! [Read more…]

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Summer Truths – One last time

I can’t bid a farewell to summer without pausing to look back at what I’ve learned over the past few months.

Oh, who am I kidding.

Sprinkled throughout my posts this summer were a nice sprinkling of “summer truths.”  I’ve jotted down several pages of them in my writer’s notebook too.  I thought it would be fun to round them up and maybe laugh at them.

I started with truth #100.  No reason.

Summer Truths

100.  Sandals and flip flops mean that no one has to wear socks. [Read more…]

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A look back on Summer Boredom

My most popular post this summer has been 281 Ideas to Beat Summer Boredom.

281 summer boredom busters

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I’ve received comments thanking me for an amazing list.

For those readers, thank you.  I love your feedback.  I hope the list helped you when you needed it most.  I figure it  kept a low level of fun going all summer long. Either that or you had a great weapon to use when your kids got whiney and rejected every single suggestion you could come up with.

I’ve received comments telling me it was a list of the most lame and boring ideas that could ever have been compiled.

For those readers… yep. You’re right.  It was a list of  everyday stuff.  There wasn’t a single high budget or high effort idea on the list.  If you were looking for a list of ways to amaze your kids with cool stuff like day trips to water parks, road trips to the museum of french fries, and Pinterest worthy crafts then you were disappointed.  It wasn’t intended to be that kind of list.  I never pretended otherwise.

But I didn’t get any feedback on whether or not the list actually worked.

If you remember, I started the summer with a simple premise.  My kids need to be bored. [Read more…]

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Car line Revisited

A year ago, I wrote a rather fun piece titled the 10 commandments of car line.

I think it’s one of my favorite posts of all times.  It was initially drafted on the back of an envelope while I was sitting in car line.  Given that at the time I drove a black car and was sitting in 100+ degree heat for over an hour, it was great therapy.

I should confess that I discovered Candy Crush several days later and spent the rest of the school year happily advancing levels while waiting in car line.

I must not be alone.

On Monday, The Orlando Sentinel featured an article titled SCHOOL CAR LINES DRIVE MANY PARENTS CRAZY, IT SEEMS.

I was quoted in the article.  Squeee.  I haven’t read all the links… yet.  

I figured it was time to revisit the car line. [Read more…]

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Happy First Day of School to Me!

It’s the first day of school for my family.

I remember the first few years that the house would empty for the first day of school.  The first year or two, it was a shock.  I honestly struggled to figure out what to DO with myself.

The very first year I had both kids in preschool, drop off was at 9am.  By 10:30 I had gotten a much needed haircut and finished grocery shopping in peace.  The groceries were put away, dinner was in the crockpot.  I felt so…. lost.

Last year, I wrote a snark laden post on what to do for the first day of school.  In honesty, it was directed at my own former self.

10 ideas for how to enjoy back to school with thishappymom.com

At the very end of the post, I said

The first day of school should be yours to enjoy.

I meant it.   [Read more…]

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