Happy Monday, friends!
I hope your weekend was great. Ours was pretty eventful. RJ had his last basketball game of the season. Writing that out reminds me that I need to register him for next season. I’m a habitual “late registration” kind of mom. I’m going to get better at that. Milly had tennis and I participated; if you saw my stories over on IG, you saw. It was cold but worth it. Their school also had its first annual music festival and it was really fun. I volunteered to photograph it and really enjoyed myself.
Anyways, here is my #MCM aka Mom Community Monday post, full of the usual. You know how this goes. I love reading up on parenting and motherhood and the things; this is a journey and I can do with some fresh insight and inspiration every once in a while (or all the time!).
I really loved this article by the NYT about “micro-dates” and reconnecting after kids. Red and I struggled with this. I was in my master’s program when I got pregnant with RJ and graduated when Milly was just a baby. It took me so long because of the added responsibility of kids and working and in all of that, refusing to give up on my dreams, my marriage just kind of stagnated. We are doing much better at reconnecting with each other these days but that was a loooooong road and we are still working on it.
If you are a stickler for schedules and bedtimes then homework, dinner and quality time can (unfortunately) get a little stressful. This article from Le Scoop Mag on the 30-minute cooking plan, centered around different types of scenarios and how to work around them is worth a scan.
Just in case you needed a reminder ( I usually do!): It is not selfish to make yourself a priority, moms, and dads! I repeat, IT. IS. NOT. SELFISH. IT IS NECESSARY. I definitely deal with parenthood guilt way more often than I would like. At least a couple of times a week, if I’m being honest, and that guilt use to follow me around every day. Especially when I was working away from home. You are not just a parent. You were an entire individual before you had those kids. Don’t forget about that person.
I laughed way too hard at this article. Mom-twitter is unbeatable.
Who else has been waiting for Disney + to launch? I have been really considering adding it to our streaming services because….Disney. I am a Disney girl; my entire childhood is tied up in Disney. Disney World with my family, all of the VHS recordings (I’m aging myself, I know) of my favorite videos that my grandpa made for me….I’m very nostalgic. I’m still on the fence and it’s only because…how many streaming services does one household really need? It probably needs Disney +. But maybe I’m biased. Here is an article with a 3-day verdict of the launch.
Have a great week! Drink water. Call your mom. Hug your kiddos.
Until Next Time,
I hope everyone had a great weekend. We are coming off of our Fall break and I am feeling so refreshed and ready to get back in the swing of the day-to-day grind. Milly had a fever a couple of days ago and that put a damper on things a bit but other than that, the break was amazing.
Anyways, I put together some articles for your Monday Coffee read (or lunch break) that I hope you enjoy.
“Parents need to give their children the tools to understand their feelings, and it needs to be developed just like developing an understanding of other complicated and abstract concepts,” said Steven Meyers, a professor of psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. That quote was enough for me to want to continue reading the article by Catherin Pearson on Huffington Post Parents’ page. It also links to a really interesting opinion piece from the New York Times. Both are worth a read. Raising a son within a very masculine structure can be intimidating for me; me who grew up around mostly very strong women. My husband and I have had several talks about allowing him to get a grip and understanding of his feelings so he doesn’t grow up disengaged and angry. It’s something that, I think, we are both trying to prioritize and these articles gave great insight.
I really liked this article that talks to different health-pros on their “hidden gem” tactics on calming their children without a screen. Now, each of my kids has an iPad but that is not to say that they use them everyday or very often, even. Even with my attempts to keep the screen at bay (they only watch TV on the weekends), it’s always nice to get some new ideas and fresh advice, right?
With a cold front randomly hitting Texas, we are starting to feel like winter and I’m not mad at. I’m actually a cardigan and beanie girl which makes zero sense 90% of the year in Texas. But now?! Oh, yes, ma’am. I’m loving it. What I’m not loving is the need to stay indoors more to avoid the kids catching a cold or earache, etc. I found this cute little article on family fun indoors and it has some cute ideas. Obviously, some don’t apply to my family since we don’t have snow but some ideas we can try out!
I don’t know about you, but I love trolling Twitter as a way to get a good laugh. Here is a collection of some of the funniest parent tweets from this week!
I hope you find something funny and/or inspiring here this week.
With love and until next time,