Category: Parenting

Posts that relate to the experience of parenting, in general.

Go Ahead and Judge Me

I’ve learned in the past five years of motherhood, there is an endless number of parenting styles, opinions, and beliefs. People of different cultures (age, socioeconomic status, education, occupation, race/ethnicity, geographical location, sexual orientation, religion, etc.) tend to have a “normal”, and within each category, there are expectations for how you “should” be parenting. Even on a national level, the American… Read more →

Balance

My daughter is taking gymnastics class once a week. Here, she is learning to walk across a beam without falling. The lower balance beam, which is a few inches off the ground, is crossed quickly, without hesitation, without help. However the balance beam that is raised high off the ground, approximately 3 feet, cannot be so easily crossed. She climbs… Read more →

New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Every year, I pick 10 resolutions to work towards. I usually meet some of them, and some I halfway meet, and some I really don’t make progress on at all. Read more →

Break Time

Holiday season is officially upon us. The turkey has been consumed, the adventures of Black Friday are complete, and the holiday music radio station has officially been added to the radio button memory in my minivan. I love this time of year. There’s so much to do and there are many memories to be made. However, I’m finding this year… Read more →

The American Working Mom Dilemma

Recently, Ariana Grande was caught on video stating “I hate America!” on the 4th of July(click here to see the video on TMZ). She claims her words were said in relation to her thoughts around how the thoughtless consumption of foods like donuts has lead to an epidemic of healthcare problems, including childhood obesity, a cause she has taken up… Read more →

Terrible Two’s at Costco

This morning, I noticed we are running low on diapers, low on laundry detergent and out of disinfectant spray. Time for a bi-monthly run to Costco. It’s a nice day, and this gave me the energy to tackle this journey with both kiddos, all by myself. I went into it being realistic, knowing I’d have to move quick, knowing that… Read more →

Vanity versus Confidence

Lately, I have found myself thinking about my values and beliefs regarding beauty. I see someone help an elderly person in the store, I experience my chai latte being paid for at Starbucks as a stranger practices “paying it forward”, and I witness my 4-year old daughter give away her birthday gift to her cousin. Such acts of compassion, kindness,… Read more →

Doing Disneyland with Toddlers on a Budget

It’s questionable on whether it’s worth spending money to take toddlers to Disneyland. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it. At 3 years old, my daughter is in full princess-loving mode. There’s no stopping it. Princesses are everywhere, and seeing a little girl playing in her little princess dress is so adorable. When I saw my daughter in complete awe… Read more →

Joining the Masses

After Thanksgiving last year, I remember seeing a map on Facebook which showed what people were most thankful for according to state. According to this map, “yoga” was the top thing here in Oregon. I hate to be one to jump on the band wagon, but I’m in agreement about yoga being wonderful. I’m personally more thankful for my kids,… Read more →

The Working Mom

She was once a little girl. She played with Barbies, she liked to dress-up in her mother’s clothes, and she could spend hours reading a good book. She liked to explore the world on her bike and was a master of make-believe. She liked being tucked in tight at night by her parents.  She knew she could be whatever she wanted… Read more →

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