Boondock Ramblings

A little bit about a lot of things

Adults waking up: “Ack. Man. Why are the lights on?” Almost 5-year old: eyes open immediately, she looks at her parent and says, “When I’m older I’m going to be an animal rescuer. I’m going to rescue pandas and crocodiles.” Adult: “Wha- Okay? I need coffee before I can even talk…” Almost 5-year old: “I’m …

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Originally published on Today.com Parent Contributors ​ The 4-year old wants to have a tea party and a play date, but the oldest needs to have his lessons given to him and lunch needs to be cooked. The dog just had surgery so she needs extra attention. The cat is out of food and lets …

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The mother in an online support group for moms with anxiety and depression asked all us faceless mothers on the other side of the screen: “Why can’t I get it together?” She asked because she felt alone Many of us let her know she was not alone, we were right there with her. We all …

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I heard it before I saw it and knew at that moment I’d made a mistake letting my 4-year old jump from the couch to the metal barstool we’d never actually used at a bar since we didn’t have one. I saw her hanging over the bottom rungs of the chair, now on its’ side, …

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I find myself sitting alone in the kitchen after I give the kids their dinner some nights, eating alone and listening to a podcast, and it fills me with guilt. How dare I sit and not be with my children? Don’t I love them? Don’t I want to be with them all the time? If …

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Every night and every nap for the last two years my daughter has had to listen to Frank Sinatra’s “In The Wee Small Hours” album while she’s falling asleep. I’ve tried to change the music without her knowing but as young as two she would look at me and say “no. I want frank.” In …

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Little Miss, 3, 1/2 is back to calling me “mom” instead of “Mama” and saying it like an annoyed and spoiled teenager. “Oh Moooom.” “Mooooom, watch me.” “No, I don’t want that for dinner, Moooom.” It’s seriously like she’s 3 1/2 going on 15 some days. And boy does she have my moodiness tendencies, much …

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She woke up this morning, looked at me and said “pretend you’re mama puppy.” That meant she was baby puppy and barked and whimpered at me while I was mama puppy and had to bark all my answers at her.  It was a bit too early in my day to be barking morning greetings to …

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When you search the internet for the word “calling” one of the definitions is “a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation.” In the Christian definition we often use the word to describe God’s plan for our life and we often believe God lays one calling on us and we …

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