gratitude, motherhood

Sage advice from the 4-yr old

"Sometimes the bee stings, and sometimes it makes honey." Z, age 4, tiny Buddha (and recently stung by a bee for the first time.) Watercolor pencil, pen and water

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inner-work, motherhood

The man-cold experiment

In not-at-all-surprising news, I got sick with a bad cold. (My last post was literally about how I need to practice more self-care.) Sigh. I’m working on more rest, less doing in my daily life, so I figured practicing this while sick would be a good place to start. In fact, what better way to… Continue reading The man-cold experiment

4am kid convos, motherhood, Parent Life

Alert, alert: off-the-chart parental stress detected. Seek Peanut Butter immediately.

Imagine a parental stress continuum. At one end is the mythical and totally unatainable smiling happy family lounging on a white couch.  At the other end: stress-eating peanut butter out of the jar at midnight.

humor, motherhood, Parent Life

(People seriously hate this place?)

I'm currently sitting by myself reading a Sunday NYT and drinking iced coffee. There is free wi-fi and all the children here belong to other people. It's air-conditioned and there is an endless supply of twizzlers and US Weekly mags. What is this heaven I speak of? Why, I'm at my regional airport, about to… Continue reading (People seriously hate this place?)

humor, motherhood, Parent Life, Seasons and Celebrations

How to Plan a Party for your dad (according to the 4-year old)

Rush home from pre-school, grab your mother and pull her into her bedroom. Dogs are allowed to stay. Dads are not! Get on the bed and lay down on a pillow, telling your mother in a conspiring tone, "we need to lay here to talk about SURPRISING* DADDY!" Cross your adorable little feet. Watch your… Continue reading How to Plan a Party for your dad (according to the 4-year old)

humor, motherhood, Parent Life

Full Monty Moana (A show-and-tell cautionary tale)

  Remember naked Moana from yesterday? I'd be failing you if I didn't tell you the whole naked Moana story. But first, some background.  It turns out that every Friday is show-and-tell day in my 4-year-old's preschool room. I didn't know and I was intrigued. What exactly had my kid bringing to class show-and-tell these… Continue reading Full Monty Moana (A show-and-tell cautionary tale)