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What’s the last thing you read about motherhood that spoke to you?

It was something to the effect of your children losing it, throwing tantrums, as soon as they get home or back with you is a sign that you’ve created a safe where they feel safe to be themselves. To feel all their feelings. To let go. I try to hold onto that as much as […]

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My parenting Kryptonite

When the boys were babies, I’m talking bottle-phase, they had reflux. All. The. Time. But it was never really “vomit” in the traditional sense. That was the aspect of parenting young children that I knew would be one of my biggest challenges. You see, I’ve always been a person that has an easy gag reflex. […]

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What’s something you recently bought for your child?

Aside from food? A stack of pajamas to give us an eight-day supply of jammies (in theory). That way I (hopefully) don’t have to do laundry every three or four days just because we’ve run out of clean pajamas. But really, food is the most frequent purchase. Yes, it’s for all of us. Honestly, though, […]

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What magical parenting invention would make your life easier?

I don’t really know. It’s not that life is easy, by any stretch, but the parenting part isn’t so bad right now. All things considered, I have pretty amazingly well-behaved little dudes. I like to tell myself that it’s because they are making up for all the stress and gray hairs they caused me when […]

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What’s a parenting “fact” no one seems to acknowledge?

It’s not that no one acknowledges this, but I don’t think it can ever be fully expressed and understood until you are a parent: it’s really, really hard. It changes your entire sense of self and what life is and can be like. If you’re like me and never pictured yourself having children, it can […]

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Describe your parenting style

I think I fit best in the “free-range parenting” category. From Wikipedia: Free–range parenting is the concept of raising children in the spirit of encouraging them to function independently and with little parental supervision, in accordance of their age of development and with a reasonable acceptance of realistic personal risks. The early days in the […]

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Describe your child’s devilish side

I think I’ll focus on Lucas here. The fact is, Lucas can be kind of a bully. Stealing toys out of his brother’s hands. Stealing the pacifier right out of Henry’s mouth. Screaming in jealousy the moment I pick up Henry for whatever reason. If he weren’t so cute, it probably wouldn’t be as funny […]

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If you could have a parenting do-over, what would it be?

I really don’t think I have one at this point. Now, I’m saying I’m perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But we are only just starting to get into the parenting phase. Up until now, it’s just been the “keep the tiny humans alive” phase. Now that the boys are starting to really play […]

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I fantasize about (blank) these days

Sleeping in. Not being poor. And really, today I shouldn’t complain too much about not sleeping in. My boys are both still asleep and haven’t seemed to notice the time change. So that’s a parenting win. As long as I pay no attention to Henry waking up and needing a diaper change and some Tylenol […]

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What “type” of personality are you?

  Portrait of an ISTJ Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging (Introverted Sensing with Extraverted Thinking)