Parenting

Kids and Checklists

I think I'm an okay mom. In the spirit of not being too self-critical, I really think I do okay. My kids are fed (generally healthy foods). My kids do chores (there's the occasional protest in the form of kicking and screaming, but hey, life lessons, right?). My kids have regular learning time (but I'm… Continue reading Kids and Checklists

LDS, Uncategorized

I’m Starting to Understand How God Feels

When people ask me to summarize my religion, I tell them: I believe in infinite potential. I can't imagine a future in which we disappear forever, or a future where we are stuck within set parameters, never to exceed past a certain point. The idea of godhood make senses to me, under those circumstances. How… Continue reading I’m Starting to Understand How God Feels

Parenting, Staying Sane

50 Ways to Exercise with Your Younger Kids

Trying to exercise but keep your babies and toddlers away is like trying to keep flies off honey. If you are down on the floor doing things, they want to be climbing on top of you. While this is a nice compliment (nothing says "love" like "Mommy play with me", although it doesn't always feel… Continue reading 50 Ways to Exercise with Your Younger Kids

Parenting, Staying Sane

How to Stay Sane and Not Be Miserable as a Parent to Young Kids

For a long time, I devoted every minute of my day to my kids. In some ways, it was really great. We read books, we colored, we did fine motor activities, we went to parks, we sang kid songs in the car (exclusively! I don't think I listened to the radio for almost a year!),… Continue reading How to Stay Sane and Not Be Miserable as a Parent to Young Kids

Adulting, Parenting

How I Accidentally Prioritize Silly Things (and How I’m Going to Change That)

What are your priorities? Top of your head. Whatever comes to you. You'll probably think your kids. Your husband. Keeping the house clean. Normal life stuff. That's what I think of. It sort of feels like we have this obvious set of answers we fall back on. The things that should be our priorities, so… Continue reading How I Accidentally Prioritize Silly Things (and How I’m Going to Change That)

Parenting

Potty Training 2.0 (Or, an Update to Potty Training Boys)

So remember how I said Red was a three-day potty training master, easy peasy? (You can read about that here if you missed it.) Well, the Professor is...not...going as well. When they say every kid is different, they mean it. The circumstance of each kid is different too, really. That whole oldest, middle, youngest, plus… Continue reading Potty Training 2.0 (Or, an Update to Potty Training Boys)

Parenting

Patience & the Awful, Horrible Mommy Tantrums of Doom

When I was a teenager, I hated babysitting. Seriously. So many girls at church would jump at the chance to babysit, and me? Nope. Nuh-uh, no thank you. ...oh gosh, please don't make me. I blamed it on being the youngest in my family. I blamed it on not understanding kids. I blamed it on… Continue reading Patience & the Awful, Horrible Mommy Tantrums of Doom