Teach Us to Number Our Days

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I wanted Benjamin to keep better track of his time. So I created a visual aid and went to print it off. And then I saw all the papers I usually tape to our Wall of Achievement. The pile was getting out-of-hand, so I looked for the tape. The tape was empty, So I hunted […]

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Nobody Told Me that There’d Be These Things!

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Just a little song to get stuck in your head this morning. Nobody Told Me that There’d Be These Things (Sung to the tune of These Are A Few of My Favorite Things) Boogers on noses and dog poop on mittens, Scouring the kettles and healing the bitten, Toddlers who tie up the puppy with […]

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Multitasking Has Its Limits

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I was going to the bathroom, holding a fussy baby (you know you’ve been there), when my five year old barged in. “Your arms aren’t busy now. Now can you fix my Darth Vader?” Sometimes all you can do is stare. And then laugh. But I refuse to hot glue toys from the toilet.

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Check-out Lane Trivia Game

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To keep the kids busy in the Walmart checkout lane tonight, I began asking them trivia questions. (And rewarding them with Tic Tacs.) I tried to make the questions age appropriate and engaging. Educational and interesting. To Olivia, I asked mostly geography questions. To Benjamin, mostly math. And to Levi, “Why don’t we eat things […]

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My Children Can’t Hear Me

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It’s been a day.  A full day of expressing frustration to my children over the fact that they Do.Not.Hear.My.Voice anymore. Your children do that, too, right?! So it had been a day like that.  Full of repeating myself a minimum of three times, and usually resorting to The Yell.  Or better yet, The Bellow (when […]

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But I *Waaaaaannnnnt* It.

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Benjamin wanted to play the Clickstart game we had brought over on our last trip to the house.  I went to hook it up only to find we had left the power cord behind.  I explained all this to him, but he still proceeded with, “But I *waaaaannnnnt* to play it!” So I decided to […]

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Oh, Levi. My Strange Little Boy Child.

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Levi is such a tactile little boy. He mushes his food. He tears paper. He eats dirt. And sand. And mulch. He pushes and shoves and bites and hits and takes what he wants. He spends half his day in time out. He’s definitely action-oriented. He’s a smart thing, he really is. He learned to […]

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I’m Better Now

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Sometimes it seems I only post the bad parts of my day. The melodramaticness of this morning passed rather quickly after I posted about it. We went inside.  Benjamin put his hangers in his shirts and then whined about going outside, which I told him was out of the question.  I put all of 30 […]

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Sometimes I Just Give Up

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Like when I tell my 5yo to look at the overcast covering of clouds and she says, “I do not see any clouds.” I give up. When my 3yo says he’d rather sit on the living room floor staring at the wall than put hangers in shirts so he can come join us outside. I […]

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The Kitchen Timer Story

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Sometimes my kids do things that just make me want to cry. This afternoon, for example, Benjamin (who is almost four) threw my kitchen timer on the floor.  I didn’t see the first throw; I figured someone had simply dropped something.  I was curious when I heard the second throw.  I came in just in […]

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