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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I’m a busy person, and I like it that way. That’s how it’s always been for me. Throughout elementary and middle school, I participated in various extracurricular activities, from dance to karate to piano to voice and then back to karate, and so on and so forth. I was a member of a Girl Scout … Continue reading Transitioning from School to Summer
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
In the wake of all the recent tragedies that have occurred, I have seen a lot of hate being justified. People hate others of different religions because this somehow means that they are inherently evil. People hate those who may even be of the same religion because of their sexuality. People are always finding excuses … Continue reading Hate Isn’t An Excuse
How to stop yourself from falling into a negative cycle of self-doubt and frustration. Recently, I have been getting more and more weighed down by negative thoughts—thoughts of self-doubt and of worthlessness and just general bad vibes. Yes, I take on a lot of responsibilities, and I’m generally pretty good at what I do. I’m … Continue reading How to Change Your Life in 3 Easy Steps
A short story published in The Elixir’s 2015-16 edition by our guest writer Becca:
Albert by Rebecca Jarrett
The old man sat at the bar, nursing a whisky.
“Take it easy there, Albert. It’s only just half four; you should pace yourself.”
Albert smiled wryly at the grimacing barkeep. “I’m 81 years old and I fought in a war. I’ve served out Queen and this country. I think it’s well within my rights to have a drink or two.”
That barkeep shrugged, then turned back around to finish wiping down the glasses with a musty cloth.
The young man finishes his pint and pushes it toward the barkeep. “Cheers,” he calls over his shoulder- though he doesn’t bother to look back as he walks to the other end of the reception hall.
He is in his uniform, today. She likes a man in uniform, and he knows it. He uses it to his advantage.
“Hello, Matilda. What’s a young lass like yourself doing at…
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If you know me, you know that one of the things that angers me most in the world is the penny. Ever since John Green introduced me to how ludicrous they are in 2011, I have hated them and everything they have come to stand for. Stupid, right? Well, maybe -- but did you know … Continue reading Why We Should Get Rid of the Penny