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Sail away

I think about my childhood sometimes, trying to make peace of it and understanding. It wasn't easy growing up with a parent with a mental illness, she just wasn't who I needed her to be and looking at it now, I am thankful that my great-grandparents had the insight to see that when I was born and tried to step in to help. For the most part, I was raised… Read More »Sail away

Brave girls and Dresses

  My daughter is a GIRLY girl. She's the kind of teenage girl that works each day like a fashion show. From shoes to hair, she plans out her outfits to match some sort of theme she's going with for the week. I love it. Even though it is as far from the girl I was at her age, I love that she embraces her feminine spirit and loves being… Read More »Brave girls and Dresses
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How breaking my parenting rules made me a better mother

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I'm a mother of five kids who somehow all managed to make it through infancy, toddlerhood, tweens, teens and some even into their 20s. I know firsthand that if there are rules to break, you will at some point break them before they leave the nest. Before becoming a mother, I had the list of rules that I would never break as a parent. Things that I swore I would do differently than my own upbringing went on that list.

I swore I'd never send my child to bed without dinner. I'd never scream at them. I'd never raise a hand to them. I'd be nice all of the time. However, the reality is that there are moments when those rules bend. My children, four boys and finally a little girl, were not angels. In fact, each of them challenged not only my parenting, but my sanity.

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