20 Mar 2012
in Advice, Anxiety, Babies, Behavior Issues, Children, Fashion, Organization, Pressure, Stay-at-Home Moms, Time Management, Transitions, Working Moms
Tags: Advice, Anxiety, Development, Discipline, Family, Going Back to Work, Martha Stewart, Mental & Physical Health, Organization, Perfection, Pressure, Stay-at-Home Moms, Time Management, Transitions, Working Moms
Photo from Pinterest
Since I started working for the family business and am spending more time getting ready to teach a social media class at the UW, I’ve had little to no extra time to write here. I miss it. Working part-time has been an interesting balancing act that has had both good and bad outcomes.
The first month I went back to work, I was pretty much a wreck. I forgot a birthday, didn’t pay the monthly piano lesson bill, and showed up at the dog groomers instead of for my hair appointment—and even now, I’m sure I’m neglecting to remember what else I forgot. If you know, don’t remind me, please. It’s over. More
25 Jan 2012
Tags: Confidence, Development, Discipline, Goals, Mental Health, Pressure, Self-Esteem, Transitions
Pictures from Pinterest
I turned 39 last Sunday. It was kind of a crazy day. We had spent the weekend at a house in the rural foothills of Eastern Washington surrounded by nearly four feet of soft powdery snow. It was beautiful! When we arrived on Friday, we had to snowmobile in with our bags part of the way because our vehicle couldn’t get through part of the road that hadn’t been plowed. When it was time to leave on Sunday, we had to hike three miles with our kids and cat/dog because our vehicle had to be towed out part of the way because it was stuck on an icy road on a steep hill. If I had known the roads would have been so tricky, I probably wouldn’t have gone…but guess what? I do know what the roads are like and we’re going back this weekend! We’ll just be a little more prepared (with chains) this time.
I know it probably sounds crazy (at least that’s what my mom says), but honestly the almost 72 hours of fun, beauty, adventure, and relaxation we experienced was worth the several hours of hiking and digging that we had to do. I’ve realized that there are probably many things I haven’t done in the past out of fear. More
28 Nov 2011
in Confidence, Development, Keeping Up with the Jones’, Mental & Physical Health, Perfection, Personalities and Temperaments, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Snobby Moms
Tags: Being Unique, Confidence, Development, Keeping Up with the Jones', Life, Self-Esteem
Photos from Pinterest.
When people ask, “What do you do”, I feel confused about how to answer that question. Sometimes I want to say that I’m a writer, editor, or an artist of sorts, but then I think just because some of my writing and edited material has been published doesn’t necessarily make me a “professional”, so I feel like I’m kind of stretching the truth if I say that I am a writer.
Hmm…what do I do for a living? I’ll tell you what I do…
I listen to my inner voice, follow my own unique path, pay attention to my surroundings, connect with an eclectic mix of people, and see where that all takes me.
Is that an acceptable answer? More
19 Sep 2011
in Children, Controversial Parenting, Development, Mental & Physical Health, Time Management
Tags: After School Activities, Development, Over-Scheduling, Sports, Time Management
I have always had a two activity per child rule for after school programs. Any more than two activities per child per week, and things get a little chaotic around our house. This has been an easy rule to stand by and uncomplicated to manage because Bella & Olivia have both enjoyed the same activities for the last several years.
Things are different this school year… More
07 Sep 2011
in Beauty, Best & Worst Parenting Products, Body Image Issues, Education, Mental & Physical Health, Self-Esteem, Sex
Tags: Body Image, Body Image Issues, Development, Fluid, J.C. Penney, Media, Mental Health, Objectification of girls and women, Self-Esteem, Sex, Sexualization of Girls
J.C. Penney t-shirt
Do we really want to send kids into the classroom with this type of attitude? As if girls don’t already have enough body image issues… More
23 Aug 2011
in Best & Worst Parenting Products, Body Image Issues, Books, DVD’s, Music & Video Games, Confidence, Eating Disorders, Education, Health, Mental & Physical Health, Pressure, Self-Esteem
Tags: Advice, Anxiety, Beauty, Body Image Issues, Books, Children, Confidence, Development, Eating Disorders, Kids Dieting, Maggie Goes on a Diet, Mental & Physical Health, Pressure, Self-Esteem
We cannot ignore the fact that some children are obese and that may lead to self-esteem, body image, confidence, and serious long-term physical health issues. I understand that this is a complex issue that needs to be addressed. But this type of book, with that type of title, isn’t the way to go about making a positive change. This book is irresponsible and sends an unhealthy message. More
10 Aug 2011
in Advice, Confidence, Development, Health, Mental & Physical Health, Personalities and Temperaments, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Transitions
Tags: Advice, Behavior Issues, Confidence, Development, Health, Mental & Physical Health, Perfection, Personalities & Temperaments, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Transitions
Photo from The Notebook Doodles
Sometimes I don’t know what I’m thinking or feeling until I say it aloud. It’s kind of like I haven’t fully developed my thoughts about certain things or admitted certain feelings to myself until the moment the words flow out of my mouth. But, once I start openly and honestly discussing topics with friends, acquaintance, or strangers, I have small epiphanies about what is really brewing under the surface of my being, what my thoughts and beliefs are, and who I truly am.
Sometimes I even surprise myself. More
21 Jun 2011
in Advice, Body Image Issues, Children, Confidence, Eating Disorders, Education, Self-Esteem
Tags: "Fat", 6 Year Old Girl Worried She's Fat, Advice, Beauty, Body Image Issues, Development, Dieting, Eating Disorders, Kids, Media, Mental & Physical Health, Pressure, Pressure to be Thin, Self-Esteem, Taylor Call
Negative body image for girls can begin as young as 3 years old. Please watch this video as 6-year-old, Taylor Call, shares her feelings of being fat and a panel of 5 to 8-year-old girls talk about their friends, mothers, and teachers being “fat”.
I don’t think kids are born with an innate sense of obsessive body consciousness. I think we—meaning mothers, fathers, teachers, peers, and the especially the media–are creating an atmosphere in which there is constant pressure to be “more beautiful”, “thin”, and “better looking”.
Case in point: More
18 May 2011
in Babies, Best & Worst Parenting Products, Development, Education, Health, Marriage, Pregnancy, Sex, Transitions
Tags: Babies, Development, Education, Health, Menstrual Cycle, Periods, Pregnancy, Sex, The Girl Body Book, Transitions, Where Did I Come From?
I didn’t plan on having “the talk” with our daughter, Bella, quite yet. She’s only 9 ½. But, a few weeks ago when we were at grandma’s house, she showed me the books she had been looking at—Where Did I come From?, by Peter Mayle and The Girls Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing up YOU, by Kelli Dunham. She was curious and a little embarrassed, but she wanted to bring one of the books home.
Is it already time to talk about this? More
09 May 2011
in Anxiety, Children, Confidence, Development, Pressure, Self-Esteem, Transitions
Tags: Anxiety, Challenges, Comfort Zone, Confidence, Development, Life, Margaret Dilloway, Pressure, Self-Esteem, Teaching Kids to Ride Bikes, Transitions
Santa brought bikes for the girls last Christmas. In October, we had to sell all our stuff to move from Hawaii back to San Diego, so this was a Very Big Deal around here.
Our 5-year-old, Kaiya, had never owned one before, and had admired the pink one adorned with Princesses every time we went to Costco. It’s a pretty bike, with a zippered pouch on the front, streamers, and a bell.
She got on for about two seconds, helmet and all, and hopped off.
“I don’t want to ride it,” she said. More