Category: parenting

Mommy Fail Number 235 – Model Car Kit

Mommy Fail Model Car Building With 8 year old

I only go to Michael’s in an emergency; I can’t be trusted. This time, I put my blinders on to pick out a birthday present for one of Isaiah’s friends. I passed the scrapbook stickers, looked straight ahead as I walked by the colored pencils and didn’t even peak at the already-here-way-to-early Halloween decorations. I was surgical, I

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I’m not saying YOUR child doesn’t have anxiety. I’m saying just because mine likes to control everything doesn’t mean HE does.

I think I may have over-advocated for my son a few weeks back. You didn’t think there was such a thing did you? It’s kind of like Munchausen by Proxy, only not. I wasn’t making him sick or faking symptoms or anything. No, instead I was willing to accept a list of possible disorders based

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The Commotion You Know

  Isaiah’s tennis teacher is a saint. He specializes in teaching 4-8 year olds tennis. Enough said. As the mother of an 8-year-old I can personally vouch for how difficult that must be. Oh wait – I forget we are assuming that child is typical. But my child is not typical, and this class includes

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Complacency Can Kill or Nut Allergy and Anaphylaxis are Kissing Cousins

If you’ve read my blog, you know by now, that my motto is “You are your child’s only advocate.” You may also know, that I have done my best to not create drama around my child by over reacting, and playing the “why me?” card. What I may not have shared, is that after 6

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I Blame Television

I freaked out the boy tonight by announcing we were only going to listen to music now. The TV is making me crazy. It really is. I was a staunch no TV mama until he was 2 and a half. Then he got pneumonia for the first time and there was only so much entertaining

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I Am An American and Today I Celebrate Abraham Lincoln

Do you know who our 16th president was? Does your 3rd grader? As of today, thanks to a Congressional resolution, it is International Darwin Day, now and forever on February 12. It also happens to be the birthday of one of the (I dare say the second) greatest Presidents in this America’s history. The man

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My Son’s Brain is Not Public Domain

I remember when I was a Political Science major, I had this amazing professor who had us read a whole list of books on Utopias; just so we would be sure that we knew what a Utopia was, and that we didn’t live in one. After my son was born I began reading Young Adult

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What Are You Wearing? This Mama’s Taking the #365selfie to the Red Carpet

This year when I go to the Oscars Grammys Emmys Tonys family room to watch some awards show Woody Woodpecker, I will be decked out in my finest attire t-shirt and sweats, maybe a hat. I will be getting a ride in a limousine driving a mini-van filled with other super-stars kids philosophizing about penises

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On the outside I’m a hippie freakshow, on the inside…About Jen Kehl

Living Outside the Box You may think I’m a contradiction. I listen to the Grateful Dead, I buy only organic when I can, I vote conservative. I don’t wear makeup, I buy expensive shampoo, I owned a Bugaboo and I buy most of my clothes at Target. I read my bible everyday, old and new

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My Kid Has A Tic And He Thinks it Makes Me Mad

I looked back at Isaiah from the front seat because a movement caught my eye. “What ya doing, Izze?” “It’s just my tic mom.” “What’s your tic telling you to do?” “It’s telling me to lock and unlock.” We’re at a stoplight so I look behind me and sure enough his hands are making a

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