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Happy 4th of July!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my friends here in the US a very happy Independence Day!  Hope you are all enjoying the day!!

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Controversy

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the “parenting” book, Go The F**K To Sleep, has created a bit of a stir across the internet.  I believe I first heard of the book, and then the fabulous video (linked here) from a shared link on my Facebook feed.  It seemed to spread like wildfire among my mommy friends.

To be totally truthful, I was a bit hesitant to post a link to that video here initially.  I mean, my MOM has the link to this blog and could be checking up on me at any moment.  What will people THINK if I post things with obvious profanity in the title.

And then I realized I was being a bit ridiculous.  I do think there is a valid concern about posting or sharing something with obvious profanity that may not be suitable for viewing around certain audiences (notably children and co-workers), but I think that the sentiment expressed in the wonderful satire of the whole thing is worth it.

I think this blog post on Parent Dish, by Susan Stiffelman, MFT, really sums up what I would like to be able to express about this book.  Provided that people can understand that this is intended as humor, there is a wonderful message about how none of us are perfect parents all the time and that there are times when we are tired and when we are done with having our lives dictated by a toddler.  I know I’ve actually found phrases from the book coming to my mind in moments when I feel I am not responding well to my toddler’s demands and antics.  It’s reassuring to me that someone else understands the surge of conflicted feelings – guilt, frustration, desperation.  It doesn’t mean we’re horrible parents (as some anonymous internet posters would assert), it just means that we’re human.

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My toddler will never cease to shock, amuse, and horrify me.  In fact, that’s the exact constellation of emotions that I went through just after dinner this evening.

Up until then, it had been a pretty smooth and productive day.  I had a productive shopping trip in the morning and found every last one of the deal-of-the-week items at my local drug store.  This never happens to me.  Never.

Sailing along on the high of being a highly effective bargain hunter, I arrived back at home and decided to weed large portions of my flower bed while my toddler played happily nearby.  From what I observed, he generally stayed where I wanted, played with the toys that I wanted, periodically came over to engage with me in digging in the dirt.

After all that, he ate lunch well and napped well.  It was quite a day.  I felt good about my productivity, and I was pleased with how well my child had behaved.

While my son and I were finishing up dinner, my husband decided to go outside to pick up a few toys that we had left scattered around the patio.  I saw him walking back toward the house with my son’s sand bucket, a very puzzled expression on his face.

He came inside and asked, “was there any particular reason that you were collecting a bunch of rocks and dog poop in this bucket?”

“Wait, what?” was my not-so-eloquent reply.

He repeated himself and showed me the bucket full of “treasures.”  At that point, I didn’t know what else to do besides laugh hysterically.  I vividly recalled watching my son prance around the yard with that bucket, somehow completely missing that he was steadily filling it with dog droppings.  I also mentally went through the list of possibilities – could he have eaten some?  Did he put his fingers in his mouth after touching it?  Did he put his fingers in my mouth after touching it?

I’m sure there’s a life lesson to be learned in this story somewhere.  Perhaps something about accepting that we’re never going to be able to watch our children every minute of the day to prevent 100% of incidents.  Or maybe the lesson is that when we get too wrapped up in our own affairs, it becomes easy to lose touch with what our kids are doing.

Or maybe the lesson is that I need to scoop poop more often…and invest in more hand sanitizer.

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Happy Father’s Day!

I just wanted to take a minute today to say Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – and especially to my amazing husband and the father of our adorable son.  My baby is so incredibly blessed to have a dad who is so loving and who takes such good care of him.  I know I don’t always remember to take the time to thank my husband for all the hard work he does to support our family and to help out as much as he can around the house, but he is so very much appreciated.  I don’t know what we’d do without you!

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This is one of the funnier YouTube videos I’ve seen in a while.  I had heard of this *ahem* children’s book before, but having Samuel L. Jackson do the dramatic reading is just fabulous.

WARNING: This video contains a large amount of colorful language that may not be appropriate for work, your children, etc.

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Busy-ness

I’m not entirely sure what happened this past week, but the busy-ness of life seemed to take over and the blog took a back seat.  Well, busy-ness and some writer’s block.  For some reason, I’ve been finding it difficult to find inspiration for posts this week, although I have a few started and in draft form.  I am my own worst critic, I suppose.

Well, my plan is to finish polishing up some of these back posts and fill in the gap that I’ve left.  Hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later.  I’m hoping that putting it into writing will motivate me to actually accomplish this task.

My favorite mantra while writing my dissertation was “words on paper.”  I forget now where I got that idea, but it really helped with writer’s block in the past.  So, I think I shall go chant this to myself through a long, hot shower, after which I may or may not fall asleep.

Hey, maybe I’ll get a winning idea in my dreams…

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It’s Friday

Well, it’s Friday again. Time for all the “TGIF” posts to hit Facebook. Friday seems mostly just like any other day here in my life as a stay-home mom. Since being mom is more like a 24/7 job, Fridays aren’t really the “end” of the work week.

But, since it’s the end of the work week for people who have traditional jobs, that means that it’s time for fun activities with folks I rarely see during the week. Yay for a scrapbooking night tonight and playdate tomorrow with a working mama friend!

Hope the weekend is great for all of you!

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