Goodbyes and Thank Yous

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Today is the last day of school for my 10-year old twins. This last day is different from the others. You see, we are moving. So this day is not only the last day of fifth grade for my boys, but also the last day with their friends — many of whom they’ve known since preschool. It’s the last day in a fairly small school district where we are on a first name basis with the administration, and where we know enough parents to feel like someone always has an eye on our kids. There’s lots of comfort here.

And it’s the last day with their teachers. (more…)

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Why You Shouldn’t Care Where I Nurse My Baby

Thanks, MKE, for supporting traveling mommas.

Thanks, MKE, for supporting traveling mommas.

Lots of things shocked me as a new mom — like how incompetent I’d feel, what sleep deprivation really feels like, or how much my heart would ache with joy and fear simultaneously when gazing at my babes. But nothing surprised me more than (more…)

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: Beyond Please and Thank You

‘Tis the season of giving … and getting. We all want our children to say thank you for the gifts they receive. But a thank you doesn’t necessarily mean they are truly grateful. I sat with the hosts of Fox6 Real Milwaukee to discuss cultivating an attitude of gratitude in our children. Click the picture below to watch the short segment, then read on for a few more tips I wasn’t able to fit into our conversation (so much to say; so little time!). (more…)

Momma, You Can Do This.

I was going to title this post, “Someday you’ll look back and long for these days, and other bull&%$.” But, swearing’s not really my thing.

The long view — enjoy every minute of this because it goes by fast — just doesn’t work for me when I’m in the middle of chaos as a mom of four. And I’ve definitely been in the middle of it this week. You see, my husband and 9-year old twins are gone on a 6-day canoe trip, leaving me flying solo with 2-year old Jax and 7-week old Baby B.

Deep breath. I’m the mom, I can do this. (more…)

Review: 4moms Breeze

4moms is an amazingly innovative company serving the needs of both parents and babies. I’ve used three of their six products to date, and I’m smitten with all of them. (If you missed it, I’ve already sung their praises in my review of their Infant Tub.)

So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Breeze, 4mom’s version of a playard, I was excited. And I’m. In. Love. (more…)