To The Special Needs Moms

To The Special Needs Moms

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I researched everything. I wanted to make all the right choices. I wanted to avoid anything that could put him at a disadvantage. I wanted to prepare as much as I possibly could, for his birth, for his babyhood, and beyond. And when he was born, I realized pretty quickly that making parenting decisions based on a book, or even on other’s experiences was so very different than raising your own child. Don’t get me wrong, parenting advice books and hearing other’s stories are a good thing. There is a lot you …

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The Truth About Parenting

The Truth about parenting

Want to know the truth about parenting? I have been a mom for almost 11.5 years now and it has been quite the journey. It has been nothing like I thought it would be. Back in junior high, high school and college, I babysat a lot. I watched a lot of kids over those years. I thought I had it figured out. And maybe I did have the basics figured out. That you needed to make sure they were fed, changed, dressed and loved. That you could make them laugh and that you could help them grow up. What I …

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How To Find New Mom Friends

How To Find New Mom Friends

How To Find New Mom Friends In the last 11 years, I have lived in five different cities. Each time I have moved I have had to make new friends. This can be a hard task and one that seems a bit overwhelming. There is usually a long period of time where I don’t have any new friends in my new city and that can get lonely. Staying home with young children can be hard when you don’t have a local support system. It so great┬áto have a group of friends to get together with, make playdates with and just …

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When Your Youngest Child Turns Five

When Your Youngest Child Turns Five

Today my youngest son turns 5! If you have been with my blog for a while you might remember that I got pregnant with him right after we moved back to the US after four years in Germany. In some ways I just can’t believe we are here. My youngest child is now five years old! I feel like I hit a bit milestone there. When your oldest child turns 5, there is celebration. There is something about that number that means your child is no longer a preschooler. They are a regular kid, getting ready to start kindergarten. As …

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More Than Just A Mom

I always wanted to be a mom. I always wanted to get my college degree. I wanted to find a good man, get married after college, have some kids and stay at home with them. That is exactly what I did too. I have three boys that call me mom, I have been married for 13 years and I have been able to be home with them the whole time. However… For most of that time I have been a Work At Home Mom. I had an Ebay business back when I just had one little boy. These days I …

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Where Should My Kids Sleep?

Where Should My Kids Sleep?

  We moved into our current home four years ago. At the time we had a 6-year-old, 4-year-old and 9 month old. All boys. Our┬áhouse is set up so our Master bedroom is downstairs. I love this because it really gives us some space. It wasn’t until we moved in here I was okay with that. We had a similar set up in our last house in Germany and we decided to put our room on the same floor with the boys. It is funny how your wants can change just by adding another child to the mix. Before we …

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Enjoying Summer with Your Kids When You Start to Burn Out with Hello Mamas

Enjoying Summer with Your Kids When You Start to Burn Out We are a month into summer vacation, things are getting a little slow and I am starting to feel a little burned out. The newness of sleeping in has worn off and it is getting hot. We still love the pool but it isn’t as new as it used to be. We have almost two more months to go and I have been thinking about how to best make it through these weeks. We have a few activities planned such as day camp and swim lessons but we also …

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When You See A Child Throwing A Fit

  When You See A Child Throwing A Fit The other day there was a video being posted online about a boy throwing a tantrum in the car. Although I thought it was a little odd that they were filming and not pulling the car over, I felt sympathy for the kind of fit the kid was having. It was the kind of fit I am familiar with. It was just like an autistic fit. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe the kid had no behavioral issues and was just acting like that to get his way. But maybe not. But the …

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Feeling Weak When Others Are Strong

  I love social media, I really do. I can’t imagine life without it these days but sometimes it can really frustrate me. Sometimes I think we only want to post about ourselves when we are strong. When we have it all put together and when everything is happy-go-lucky. I even hear people talk about how one should never complain on social media because it brings others down. Really? Now I agree, someone who is going to complain 24/7, on every post or even in real life every time you see them is going to bring others down. However, I …

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What My Mom Taught Me

What My Mom Taught Me

  My mom is one of the best. She has taught me so much over the years. She was a teacher by profession but she also taught me so many things over the years. She is still teaching me, even though I am 36. She taught me to say please and thank you. I hear her voice even now reminding me about how important that is. She taught me to be kind to everyone. I see how kind and caring she is to those around her and I want to be like that too. She taught me to have fun. …

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