Morning Dust-Up

I had gone upstairs when the rumblings of ‘the incident’ began. I heard a lot of screaming and door slamming. I quickly reviewed the morning in my head. I had implemented all my coping strategies to have a good morning. I had greeted both my boys warmly. I had engaged them both in conversation over

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Independent Streak

In the area we live in, school is back in session.  It is amazing to me the speed at which summer zips by.   I admit, the first week or two of summer are a ‘shock and awe’ kind of adjustment.  I go from quiet-filled days to immediate chaos.  I have to mentally accept that

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Greeting the Day

I recently had a discussion with another mom about how hectic mornings can be trying to get everyone successfully out the door.  I told her that on some level, I know that it is my attitude and energy that sets the tone for the day.  It is especially hard to ‘rise above’ and be calm,

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Today Shoes, Tomorrow the World!

If you look at parenting in its entirety, it can quickly overwhelm you.  During my boys’ lengthy ‘terrible twos’ that started at 15 months and lasted until kindergarten, I never would have believed it would get easier.  When I started each day with them, I would mentally prepare for the seemingly endless battles that lay

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