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What I Learned From My Mother About Parenting

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I am constantly asking myself "What would my mother do?" when situations and questions like these arise. The only difference is what happens after I answer that question: I do the opposite.

Making Sure Internet Explorer Doesn't Replace Actual Exploring

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

While my phone may not have been pointed at my children quite as much, it was quite often still in my hand.

The Paper Cuts That Don't Heal

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

There are moments lately -- a lot of moments -- when I have had enough of my 5-year-old and some of her recently-developed habits.

Are Parents Really Threatening Their Children's Futures By Posting Bath Time Photos?

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Many people speak about keeping the anonymity of their children intact by leaving their names and photos out of articles they write, but with the technology available now, how much is that impeding the information being readily available to employers and college admissions officers?

What You SHOULD Say To A Special Needs Parent

Jamie Krug | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Here's a shocking secret: We are just like you. Except we're different.

How My Son Changed My Sense of Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I should have been happy, sweetly satisfied that day, at that moment. It should have felt like a celebration -- something to look forward to. If only I could stop myself from looking back, from feeling those feelings from that exact day four years earlier washing over me at random intervals.

What I Saw When I Finally Looked Up From My Phone

Jamie Krug | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

The weather was as close to perfect on our vacation as we could have hoped for, the sunsets were spectacular, both of my children had a wonderful time and my husband and I finally got a chance to reconnect. And I have almost nothing to show for it.

What Can Be Mended, And What Cannot

Jamie Krug | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

How did this little monkey become a symbol for how simple it was supposed to be? How much my dreams for my boy have had to be continuously ripped open, then sewn back up with a thread that is clearly not strong enough to hold.

Is Tech Killing Our Favorite Children's Book Characters?

Jamie Krug | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

They don't have to imagine how my favorite childhood characters from books walk or talk, what their voices sound like or how they interact with their friends and family -- it's all right there, laid out in front of them on screens both big and small.

The Deep End

Jamie Krug | Posted 02.22.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

There is no second chance for missed opportunities to watch your children growing up. To hold their little hand in yours, to break up brother/sister fights. To listen to silly made-up songs.

What My Son's Diagnoses Won't Tell You

Jamie Krug | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

Figuring out what to do first, and who to call, and what meetings to set up, and where we go from here... We are in that mode again. And I can do that.

No Skirts or Dresses or Leggings or Tights

Jamie Krug | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

My little tomboy and I went shopping for new clothes, too. She picked out Hello Kitty leggings with bows on the ankles, and frilly skirts, and shirts with sparkles on them and then I found myself checking the back of her head right at the base of her neck to see if the birthmark that she shared with me was there -- if she was really my daughter.

The MAJOR Upside To Kids Using Screens

Jamie Krug | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

"Is Daddy coming home tonight?" She usually asks this question at the worst possible time, like when we're in a crowded location like a mall or grocery store, where she elicits stares as people wonder why a 4-year-old would have to ask. Divorce? Affair? CIA agent involved in black ops?

I Don't Really Know My Son

Jamie Krug | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I hold onto these moments now. Because I know him in these moments. I know what his heartbeat feels like against mine, and his face buried in my neck, and the smell of his hair. But I don't know him very well at all beyond these sweet moments we share.

The Difference Between Difficult and Hard

Jamie Krug | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

"Difficult" recalls the top of the mountain and all the self-satisfaction you will be rewarded with if you just persevere. "Hard" is that same mountain, only you're unsure of your footing, and the rocks are jagged and scrape your skin as you climb.

My Big Girl and Her (Like a) Baby Brother

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I need to remind myself that we are neither making nor breaking her with each parenting decision we make. And that sometimes, she is less fragile than I give her credit for and stronger than I ever thought.

The Movie Quote That Changed How I See My Son

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.01.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I have grieved for myself, for the life I could have had. For the woman I could have been. But I have never grieved for the child I was going to have. Because I have Owen. That is the child I've been given.