Does your kid eat chapstick?

My daughter ate my favorite chapstick yesterday and my son pooped on my arm…it was so impressive I took a picture of it.  That is all.

Does anybody else get annoyed by people saying/ doing judgy things.  Oh my gosh! I just got super judged at my local community center! I was carrying the two tired kids out of the play area and I had to put my daughter down eventually (sorry, I am not a body builder). I tried to hold her hand instead and she started a full on tantrum. After a couple attempts to calm her down I told her I would wait for her by the front door when she was ready to go (which she could see and was about 50 feet away). She was quietly fussing and crying in the hall and I had many people give me dirty looks and even try to come up and tell me that my kid was crying…like I didn’t know. The lady seemed confused and surprised that I wasn’t going to immediately go over and coddle her and make her stop crying. After a few minutes I went over and asked if she was ready to hold my hand and go home and we walked out to the car no problem.  It turned out positive but it felt pretty intense in the moment. One guy walking by even went to the front desk and said he was concerned about the little girl crying. It was super embarrassing and the receptionist gave me mean looks. I didn’t realize letting your kid work out their tantrum in public was such a horrible thing.  Sorry, my kid was not abandoned, in danger, or scared.  Only mad.  Good thing I am confident in what is best for my child or I would be caved under the pressure and missed out on a good discipline/ teaching moment.

In another case, I was at a meeting and this older lady asked how I was and I said “pretty good.  the kids are a little crazy but other then that it’s great!”.  She just said “well, if you have two kids that close together then you should just expect that”.  Now, I know I am a little sensitive right now but really?  Really?  How about saying “good job mom, all your hard work will pay off” or give some actual good advice on how to manage young kids well.  Besides, I did expect it to be hard but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to walk through those challenging days.  It’s not like knowing something will be hard magically makes it easy.  I agree that a positive and realistic attitude goes a long way but some day are just hard.  Just weeks are just hard.  Some months are just hard.  My kids are amazing, my life in amazing, but it’s not always easy.  Everybody has their own pressure points and things that make them feel drained and strained.  Listening to my son scream (he’s always been a fussy/ clingy baby) is really hard to handle and leaves me confused, and on the verge of tears.  It doesn’t help that he NEVER acts out in public so I think my friends are starting to think that I am making it all up.  It feels very isolating.  And yes, for the record he does get out for an activity/ play date/ etc. at least once a day if not twice.  People tell me all the time that their “fussy ” kid would be happy if they got out everyday.  But my son just goes back to cranky the minute we get home.

Some other people like to tell me I am doing too much for him.  One mom told me multiple times in one day that he is just fake crying and is getting away with it because he’s cute.  Ok, saying that once is fine and I heard you and I am open to considering that but no.  Just no.  I know my kids and I know a real cry from a fake cry.  Unless you want to give me some real advice to dealing with a clingy, sensitive, needy child, then shut up. My daughter never acted like this and I have the same parenting style for both kids so I know it’s not just me.

Don’t get me started on sleeping.  My son is 14 months old and still wakes up screaming multiple times a night and takes up to 45 minutes of fussing to go to sleep at night (and yes, I have a regular routine and I don’t sleep with him or try to rock him to sleep).  My daughter was never like that.  I haven’t gone into his room at night since he was 10 months old unless it truly seems like something is wrong.  One of my friends was complaining about how her 8 month old son didn’t sleep.  Then she let him cry for 15 minutes once and now he goes to bed no problem and sleeps 11 hours straight at night.  I really believe in being supportive to other moms but I had to step away from a conversation when she and another mom (which has the admittedly easiest baby anybody has ever known) were having about their “sleep troubles”.  Please!  I will show you sleep troubles.

Anyway, my kids are cute perfectly normal kids.  But nobody says having young kids is hard just to be dramatic.  It probably doesn’t help that my husband works full time, is in school full time, and my son refuses to play with him so I have baby time all the time.


Go for the gold…not a black eye!

I frequently feel torn when one of my kids launches out on an adventure of climbing, getting dirty, wet, etc.etc. etc.

First, you have to clean them up…I recently came back from a day at the beach and got to sift through a giant garbage bag of sandy clothes, hats, dirty diapers, and empty snack containers.  I employ with “dump anything gross and deal with it later” approach whenever I am in a sticky situation.  This works out fantastically until I forget about the blow out diaper plus clothes bag that has been marinating in the bottom of my diaper bag for several days (mom fail).  But I digress…

The real issue is the twinge of concern about your kids getting hurt vs. them never learning a damn thing because you are a control freak.

My mind quickly scrambles to do a cost benefit analysis.  I think “Well, will this activity teach them a great skill and increase their confidence and leave them with a small bruise or is this activity purely fun and will leave them with a concussed brain”!!

What’s a mom to do!


The hidden gift of parenthood

Yes, sweating profusely is the hidden gift of parenthood!  I am not even talking about during or right after pregnancy when you are crazy hormonal.  I am talking about the agitated feeling you get when you hear your kids cry and the workout you get when you do the daily song and dance to maintain sanity.

This came to mind when I noticed a theme when moms tell stories about the crazy stressful things their kids do (think  high decibel screaming fit complete with kicking by your toddler while trying to juggle a fussy baby while grocery shopping while 10 people are looking at you with judgy eyes).  The stories always end with “AND I WAS JUST SWEATING LIKE A PIG!”

Because of my perpetually elevated stress and activity level, even if it’s cold, I almost never have to wear a coat.  What a gift!


Living on dog food!

Seriously people, what is it with kids and dog food!  My two kids are obsessed!!!!!!!!   My 1 year old will even try to dip his hand in and then drink the dirty dog water.  If I didn’t puppy guard the food, my 2 year old would probably walk around with a dog kibble in her mouth 24/7.

This is obviously yuck on every level BUT their is a big upside.  If the Zombie apocalypse ever does hit Washington, I am confident my kids will be more than happy to live off of dog food. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  Yum yum!  Eat up!

Seriously, does any other parents out there get a twinge of anxiety when watching apocalypse shows?  Especially ones depicting parents shuttling around kids (think Fear the walking dead).  It always makes me wonder if I could take care of my kids in that situation.  But I digress..

Are your kids sleeping too long?

Do you hate it when your kids take long naps?  Do you wish for all the silence and productivity to stop so you can go back to changing diapers and picking the kids lunches off the floor.  Then you need to read my 5 magic ways to make your kids wake up!

  1. Jump in the shower
  2. Start a project that is very messy or dangerous
  3. Make a cup of tea and sit down with a magazine (just kidding, the magazine and the tea are not important…just try sitting down and taking a deep breath)
  4. Do a lot of cleaning and then try to reward yourself for your hard work by sitting down at the computer to watch a few blissful minutes of Netflix.
  5. Schedule a package to be delivered.  Every dog in the neighborhood will aid you in your quest to stop the sleeping madness.

On the other hand, if you want the kids to take an abnormally long nap, schedule a fun activity that you really want to attend.  This will make it so the kids will sleep in later than normal, take a late nap and then will (for no reason) sleep an extra long time.  This gives you very powerful options as a mom. OPTION ONE: wake up your kids, feel bad about it, and deal with their sleepy rage or OPTION TWO: show up late or not at all to your fun activity.