Tag Archives: childhood

Why I Embrace Being A Hot Mess Mom

My name is Paulette and I’m a hot mess mom. I don’t live a pretty, Instagram perfect life. My house is often a mess. On any given day I have at least two baskets of clean laundry that need to be put away – but probably won’t. I often use TV to distract my kids…

Finding Innocence In The Face Of Tragedy

I woke up yesterday to news of the tragedy in Las Vegas. It made me wish I could pull my blanket over my head and go back to sleep until the world gets better. Unfortunately, hiding from life isn’t an option. So, I got up and got my kids ready for school. My innocent kids.…

Help! I’m Sending My Youngest Off To Kindergarten.

I can’t believe it’s already August – the Sunday of summer. Pretty soon summer vacation will be over. It’s time to get back to a routine. Time to buy backpacks and supplies and uniforms. The end of summer is always bittersweet. My soon-to-be 4th grader loves school and is always excited to go back. But…

10 Budget Friendly Self Care Tips You Should Check Out This Weekend

Becoming a mom has enhanced my life in so many ways. I’ve gained knowledge, experience, perspective and the ability to love in a way that I never knew possible. But for all that I’ve gained in motherhood, there are some things I’ve lost. One of the main things is the desire to take care of…

To My Children: You Saved My Life

I love my life, but there are days when I don’t want to exist. This feeling often surfaces with no rhyme or reason. It can happen whether or not I’ve had a bad day. In fact, most times when I feel this way, everything is going right. That’s the thing about depression. It can sneak…

Video: The Surprising Impact Our Words Have On Our Children

I’m sure you’ve heard some iteration of this saying before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But this isn’t entirely true. Our words hold a lot of power – especially the ones we use toward our children. The things we say to our kids – both encouraging and…

Coping With Separation Anxiety While Traveling Without My Kids

My husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. It was a nice, much-needed getaway. The weather wasn’t terrible and we got to see my brother who lives in Virginia. And did I mention we were kid free? This made our trip much simpler than when we all go somewhere. We didn’t have…

How I Lost – And Found – Myself In Motherhood

Wake up. Make breakfast. Play. Clean up. Make lunch. Wash dishes. Do laundry. Cook dinner. Put the kids to bed. Crash from exhaustion. Repeat. This is what my to-do list typically consists of. And that’s just on the days when I don’t have to work. Sometimes I’m so busy taking care of my children I…

Why I Don’t Want My Daughters To Be Like Me

There’s no feeling like the adoration of my daughters. To see them get excited about things like dressing like me or wearing their hair similar to mine. My oldest shares my love of writing. And my youngest, my love of art. It’s important to me to set a good example for my daughters and to…