As my daughter was throwing (another) tantrum-- feet banging on the ground and chewing on her own fist --while I sat in guilty anguish but my husband sprawled in relaxed resignation...he told me something that alleviated a lot of my misgivings about discipline: "We're not raising a child, we're raising a person. Hopefully a good … Continue reading Raising a Person, Not a Child
I am so happy Sharon– author of Becoming Mother –said this! I have suffered so much guilt from dropping my daughter off. I even project that guilt onto my daughter’s teachers, making me think they hate me for daring to send her to school. I’ve often felt that the only societally justifiable jobs to forgo being a STAHM are nurse or teacher, but I try to remind myself that it’s (mostly) all in my head.
Some women tear up as they leave their children at daycare for the first time.
I practically skip inside.
Grin from ear to ear.
I. LOVE. DAYCARE.
Last Monday was Henry’s first day of daycare. Another daycare mom saw me taking him inside and asked if it was his first day. After I nodded, she jumped out of her van and gave me the biggest hug and said, “Isn’t it great!”
“YESSS!!!” I yelled.
“With the first one, you’re bawling about it and then the second, you’re just like ‘have fun!'”
She gets it.
It’s true. The first time we started daycare was much more involved and made me a little nervous. We spent about 20 minutes going through the list of critical bits of information that the infant teacher needed to know to feed, change, and soothe our baby to sleep.
She likes to be rocked to sleep while…
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Recommitting to my happiness-- In the continued spirit of the New Year, I wanted to share my one-- all-encompassing --resolution with all of you: to be happier. Last week I wrote about all the good things that happened last year, such as becoming editor of Brenau's literary magazine and my daughter turning one. Which made … Continue reading Resolving to Be More Resolute
Journal Entry Series: How too much downtime has me crashing. I recently went to my very first counseling sessions. Somehow, I'd always thought that other people needed counseling more and so I shouldn't "clog" things up by making an appointment for my mundane problems/worries/etc. What finally sent me to the counselor's office wasn't even some … Continue reading Why I Decided to Go to Counseling
How Instagram & Pinterest actually make it harder for you to be happy in your own life. A problem I've frequently encountered with social media is comparing my life to others', especially, in this case, on Pinterest and Instagram. Seeing professionally photographed photos of a designer's living room next to my now-seemingly-dingy living room (for … Continue reading The Instagram Effect