Dear Friends, Being a mom is weird. It plays tricks on you. It is stressful, frustrating, complicated, even infuriating. It is also rewarding, joyful, fulfilling and enlightening. It can have you pulling your hair out, losing your ever-loving mind and begging for a break from your life one minute, and filled with love and happiness the next. … Continue reading My Boys Left for the Summer, Leaving my Mom Emotions Totally Confused
Hi Friends! Before I get to the meat of this post--this last week has been a busy one at my house! Saturday was spent cleaning out gutters, and I still have the gutters in the front to do. I discovered the section that was clogged when I bought the house is going to need to … Continue reading The Conflicting Roles of Mom and Single Woman Have Me Feeling Guilty
Dear Friends, I've come across several blog posts and YouTube vlogs recently with a common theme: morning routines. Mornings are a very important time, and if you jump out of bed in the morning and straight into chaos, it of course is going to set a bad precedent for the rest of the day. I am … Continue reading Morning Routines: How I Manage Mine as a Working Single Mom
Dear Friends, If you read my last post, you probably think my mom life is pretty grim right about now. But actually, things are looking more positive than they have in a while! I’ve divvyed out punishment, and they’re both taking it and running with it. Even my 13-year-old, who usually complains about every teeny-tiny … Continue reading Parenting a Teen, Part 2: Structure, Discipline and Responsibility
Dear Friends, I have a fresh new teenager, 13 for only two months, and I'm already getting my crash course in devil-may-care, adolescent cluelessness. I called my grandmother at 7:14 p.m. on Friday evening to ask her if my boys could stay with her on Monday since they were off school and I, of course, would … Continue reading Parenting a Teen, Part 1: Reality Check!
Dear Friends, This subject is something I haven’t written much about, although it is paramount to my life. It is at the very core of my existence, in fact. It always is, once a person becomes a parent. But becoming a single parent makes it exponentially so, as children are impressionable and the things parents … Continue reading What Creating Stability for My Children Means for My Personal Life
Hi Friends! First of all, let me just say that I'm a huge fan of the in-home gym equipment, because I logged 20 minutes on my elliptical this morning while wearing fleece pajama pants, slippers and a bathrobe! Workout clothes, schmorkout clothes. Okay, now for the reason you're all here... Like most single moms out there, I live … Continue reading That Time YouTube Turned My 10-Year-Old into a Wine Maker