Parenting
Why Can’t I Get Pregnant?
Jan12

Why Can’t I Get Pregnant?

I remember asking, “Why can’t I get pregnant?” I desperately wanted a baby, but it just wasn’t happening for us. After a year, we went to a fertility specialist. It would be two years before I got pregnant. Infertility is a heartbreaking thing. It seems as though everyone around you is getting what they most desire while you still aren’t pregnant. There are many reasons why you might not get pregnant...

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My Job Is to Be Your Parent
Jan08

My Job Is to Be Your Parent

There are some tried and true “momisms”, nuggets of wisdom, our mothers tell us. These are also things we catch ourselves saying to our own kids and suddenly realizing why our moms said them. One of my favorites when my girls would whine and gripe about me being stricter than someone else’s mom or saying that so-and-so’s mom was just like that person’s best friend and didn’t give them the same rules...

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Too Strict Parenting
Dec29

Too Strict Parenting

I’ve over wondered if I’m guilty of too strict parenting. Now that my girls are grown (20 and 23), I look back on their childhoods and I realize I spent way too much time worrying what other people thought, making sure my kids weren’t “bothering” anyone else, and tending to the rules. When you’re in the middle of raising your children, it seems like that magic number 18 is so far away. People tell...

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This Is What Happens When You Stop Telling Your Kids What to Do
Dec24

This Is What Happens When You Stop Telling Your Kids What to Do

I was reading an article today by Leslie Josel in Family Circle magazine about what happens when you stop telling your kids what to do. Ms. Josel had an interesting take on the way we run our lives and direct our children and I think she makes a very good point. I only wish I’d read this when my girls were growing up, but it’s never to late to start with the questions Josel outlined. Her point was that she would run around...

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Your Kids Annoy Me – This Is What You Should Do
Dec23

Your Kids Annoy Me – This Is What You Should Do

I am going to be brutally honest here – your kids annoy me. They are loud, they run around like crazy, the step on my toes as they run past and never say sorry, and they are sticky and want to touch me. Yes, they are cute and I don’t dislike children, but I find them annoying at times. I am a quiet person who was raised as an only child. I like peace, quiet, and calm. This Is What You Should Do Not a thing. The fact that...

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Are My Kids the Only Ones Who Act Horrible?
May08

Are My Kids the Only Ones Who Act Horrible?

Dear Moms, As I read through social media today, I realized something. There is no way that all of those kids are so perfectly behaved and every family picture perfect. Yes, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate all that women do to keep the family running, but if you’ve never faced one of these situations, are you really mothering? I’m even guilty of that picture perfect image here on Crabby Housewife. Look at the...

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