If you get along well with family members, and they live close, and they want to babysit your kids, that's awesome. For the rest of us, read on.
Here are just some of the totally NORMAL things that you are likely to do.
You have had those days... you know the ones I am talking about... the ones where you have too much to do and not enough time and the kids are driving...
I think once you stop berating yourself for being a "bad mom" and accept that your fantasies are just normal fantasies, then you can move past them and think about whether to have a third child with a clearer mind and heart.
The first time I heard about Priscilla Woolworth was when she was named a "New Green Pioneer" in Time Magazine. Of course, having grown up in New York, her name was more than familiar.
We get a lot of raised eyebrows when we show up at events together. We are often commended by school teachers and doctors for showing up at parent teacher conferences and medical appointments together.
Sometimes when you are prepared for it, when you've made peace with it, bad news comes as an odd sort of relief. When as a parent, you feel something is off, you feel calmer than you should when the truth hits you like a ton of bricks. This is how it felt when the doctor told me about my boy's eyes.
I am one of those people who love taking baths. A place where you can get clean, read a magazine and have a glass of wine?! I'm a mom... it's all about multitasking. Which may be why I continually make the mistake of inviting my daughter into the bath with me. Two birds, one stone. Genius idea, right? Wrong.
It's never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It's the ordinary people like you and me who decide to stand up and take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people become extraordinary. What do you need to do today that you know you have to do and don't do it?
Recent studies (and digital detox stories) on parents' screen habits point to device-distracted moms and dads as a growing problem for kids. It's enough to make you want to maybe-just-maybe turn off your phone and shut down your devices. But how to actually do that?
Camp Kathy, yes that is what the kids named me in Connecticut. I just loved summertime. I saw it as an opportunity to relax and enjoy life with my kids without the pressures of school, homework, and activities. Every day was a new adventure.
"Let me talk about this with my wife, and I will call you back," I said to the case worker, before saying goodbye to her. It was just past dinner tim...
Now that you, parent of two kids, feel relieved and less alone in the struggles you had in this critical period (and you parents of one child are reaffirmed in your decision to stop at one), here are 10 reasons why this period is especially risky for a marriage, from my observations as a couples counselor and a mom of three.
I'm always surprised the first time one of my sweet little two year olds would answer, "did you toot?" with "I fink the dog did it." It seemed to be a natural developmental stage they passed through since they certainly didn't learn it from their Father or myself and it was before they started grade school.
Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you're working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective.
When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn't just improve your performance; it's also good for your health.