Carpe Diem e Obliviscor

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms {The Blog}. (Seize the Day and Forget It) At my baby shower, as is common at many baby showers, my guests wrote me cards of advice. The advice varied wildly from “be careful not to spoil the baby” to “hold him always.” (I’m both paraphrasing and exaggerating that last one but […]

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The Plan B Friend

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms {The Blog}. Q: Ever feel like you’re failing at everything? A: Yes. It’s a superpower, really, and I’m writing a book about it. Whether it makes me a hero or a villain is up to my readers. The line between sanity and insanity is a fine one. I’m also convinced the […]

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In Defense of the Mom Uniform

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   I get it. I do. Stretchy pants (be they yoga pants, leggings, sweatpants, whatever) paired with a t-shirt (in any combination of oversized, stained, ratty, or otherwise), and a messy ponytail, it’s a sloppy look. I know. No one who’s wearing it thinks “I make this stained, ripped […]

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Talking to Children About the News

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   It’s complicated. You can accuse me of sheltering my children too much, and that would be fair, but last week I finally opened up to my children the discussion had on a national scale. It wasn’t easy, and it started haltingly. Our country is deeply troubled. Our people […]

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Book Talk: Nurture Shock

I had a serious perfectionism complex when I was young. I knew I was imperfect, but felt that I was expected to be perfect. Being smart meant knowing the answers (always.) Being a good “little mama/big sister” meant being reliable and in control (always.) Being Mormon meant following all the commandments (always.) For the most […]

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Booktalk: Raising Cain

As with all parenting books I’ve read, “Raising Cain” contained some parts with which I disagreed, some with which I agreed, and some from which I learned.  Below is an application of how I learned to encourage emotional literacy in Red, from last week when I was still reading the book. As we were walking […]

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with gloves off

To say that parenting is a full-contact sport is both an understatement and a cliche. Yet it’s the only thing I’ve been able to think all day. My thoughts don’t go deeper than that, it’s just a great big, large font, so-loud-I-can’t-think-anything-else phrase. That’s all.

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