This morning we had one of those mornings that could have gone in a couple different directions. Up until a little over a year ago, we ate about 99.9% of our meals in the kitchen. The only time we ever ate in the dining room was when we celebrated a birthday or on Thanksgiving. It […]
Do vs. Don’t
Sometimes I get to the end of the day and I feel like all I’ve done is say no and don’t to the kids 5,000 times and tell them to stop doing stuff. The no’s and the don’ts are tiring and not fun — for me or for the kids — and they aren’t especially effective. […]
What Your Kid Is Thinking When You Are Yelling
Yesterday I was talking to Number 3, and somehow we ended up on the topic of coaches. And this led to a discussion about different coaching styles. Number 3 told me who his best coaches were. And he said, “They actually show you what to do. And when you do something right, they tell you.” […]
Mommy, I Need To Talk To You.
A couple years ago after totally losing my shit on Number 3 and 4 in the car on the way to a swim meet, I made the decision to stop yelling at my kids. I did this because I felt like an out of control psycho when I yelled at them, because they laughed at […]
Why Are You Acting Unusual?
The other day, the kids were a little bit out of control. We were coming off of a three day swim meet, they had been dragged back and forth to a pool that was almost an hour away all weekend, I had been gone for basically three days, and everyone was exhausted. So I took […]
Parenting Mistakes Are Awesome Parenting *Opportunities*
You know when you lose your shit on your kids and then you are instantly filled with remorse and regret and wish you could rewind and just start all over again? I had one of those moments the other morning. I didn’t really lose my shit. But I was hard on Number 3. Too hard. […]