Category: Parenting

Germs, Anxiety, Abandoning The Cabin. 0

Germs, Anxiety, Abandoning The Cabin.

I am struggling with anxiety once again.   This time I’m finally going to try medication. I’m not sure what yet. Before they gave me a prescription for Zoloft, but I never picked it up from the pharmacy. Chickened out! I’m scared of the side effects. I have a doctor’s appointment on Thursday evening.   It’s just too much–being alone with the kids all the time and no break. I have this constant feeling of stress and impending doom. Anxious. I...

Sleep! 0

Sleep!

The Zyrtec is working! Ada slept so well the past few nights.  One night she went to bed at 9:30 and didn’t wake up until 4:45 in the morning, and that was only because one of the cats woke her.   Amazing. But I think it might be making her too drowsy.  She’s been complaining of being tired all day, which is unlike her.  I gave her Claritin tonight instead.  We’ll see if it works.  If not I’m going to give...

Behavior Fail. 2

Behavior Fail.

Every year of parenting I learn something new because I run up against another challenge.   Parenting is hard.  I think it’s harder the older kids get.  Five and half, almost six is the most difficult yet.   It’s this age when suddenly there’s no more adorable toddler or preschooler innocence left.  Kids are expected to behave with some maturity.  They should be able to start understanding how to act in different situations.  Being a preschooler is no longer an excuse,...

Zzzz… 2

Zzzz…

Oh gosh you all, I am so tired.  Ada needs an off switch.  An automatic shut off.  I would flip the switch at 7 or 8 in the evening and restart her around 8 in the morning. That would be amazing. Unfortunately (I guess) parenthood is a 24/7 job. Dude, I need a weekend or something to catch up on my Zzzz’s before I up and keel over! Ada didn’t get the memo that toddlers are supposed to start sleeping through the night. Heck, she...

Winter Sun & Parenting Fail. 0

Winter Sun & Parenting Fail.

Parenting fail of the day yesterday: It was 60 degrees and sunny out yesterday afternoon, so we went to the park. Gorgeous winter sunlight. Just what everyone needs–a dose of vitamin D and fresh air.  Soak it up. The girls ran and ran.  In fact they did almost nothing but run! Rosie wouldn’t even stop to let me take her picture.  How dare a five year old want to have fun rather than be photographed by her mother.  Tsk. Clearly no one...

Responsible. 1

Responsible.

      Being a parent is so hard. I have realized that the secret to raising happy, compassionate, responsible, polite children is not what you do to your kids to train them or whatever, it’s based on the example you set as a person. This thought scares me quite a bit.  I mean it’s easy to read parenting books, to do this or don’t do that, and to judge other parents based on their choices.  But it sure is harder to...

Reminder. 0

Reminder.

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love- I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker. If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love- my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness. Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window. Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk. Love picks...

Ada in Action. 3

Ada in Action.

Ada is wearing me out.  She looks innocent, but don’t be fooled! She’s curious, and busy, and I’m 99% sure she has wheels for feet.         I can’t get anything done because she’s always climbing and into every little thing! God help me when she figures out how to open door knobs in the next month or so.  (We can’t get those door knob covers because then Rosie couldn’t get the doors open.)   Ada can climb like...

Thoughts on child training…!? 1

Thoughts on child training…!?

One part of the Charlotte Mason type of schooling is the formation of good habits and character traits. Originally I wrote that bit off as silly, thinking we aren’t that type of parent.  I’m really not into Biblical child training, like Pearls or Babywise.  Charlotte Mason didn’t even have children, so how could she be an authority on how to train children to have any sort of habits or morals, anyway? The entire thought of training children put me off–it goes back...

Parenting is… 7

Parenting is…

Parenting is such a funny thing. When Rosie was a baby I had definite ideals about how I would raise her–especially regarding discipline. I read a lot of books.  A LOT of books. It was going to work like this: There would be no spanking, no time-outs, and no praise. (I know the praise thing confuses people–I mean no “good job” or “good sharing” crap, anyone notice how it’s way over used?  Doesn’t mean you can’t ever say, “Wow I love the way you colored that...