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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“There are robins on the hill,” my dad said and we rushed to the windows and “ooohed” and “aahed” because in Pennsylvania we know that the sight of the robins in our yards means spring has sprung. Sure, the grass may still be brown and yellow, the trees may still be naked, and the flowers …

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“I’M NOT DOING ANY MORE SCHOOL WORK UNTIL MY BROTHER SITS NEXT TO ME AT THE TABLE!!” Her little voice pierced my eardrums and grated on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. Papers, pencils, and crayons scattered across the floor with a swift move of her fierce little hand. Next, she took aim at …

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“Mama, I have something to show you,” you said while I was trying to cook dinner one night. “Um..not now, honey. I have to cook dinner,” I told you. “But moooom…” you sighed and rolled your eyes with your head tilted back like you had been doing a lot lately. I sighed myself, without the …

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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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“To be honest, I don’t know why I even write anymore,” I thought to myself one morning. “I don’t know much about anything and I’m full of very little wisdom. I’m a mom and a wife and I take photos for myself and that’s about it. I’ve never written a book, I don’t have a …

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