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I’m Not a Spontaneous Mom But I’m Working On it

In: Kids, Motherhood
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A few months ago, we were driving home from church when my husband leaned over and whispered, “I-C-E?” (code for, “Shall we surprise the kids and stop by the ice cream place?”). I considered it for about three seconds before nixing the idea. I alluded to the fact that we hadn’t had lunch yet, but the real reason for my negative response? Spontaneity is just not my forte. I like schedules, routines, and sticking to those schedules and routines. It’s not that I’m a completely boring person. I actually plan and incorporate a fair amount of playdates, hikes, picnics, and...

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Why I Stopped Worrying About Being a Fun Mom

In: Journal, Motherhood
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Without question, my husband is the fun parent in our household. When he’s cracking everyone up with his hilarious bedtime stories, I’m trying to remember when we last changed the kids’ sheets. When we’re hopping into the car to head to the pool, I’m slathering our daughters with sunscreen and checking that we remembered a change of clothes. When we visit a big city, my husband is pointing out the best restaurants and museums, while I’m scanning the surroundings for overzealous souvenir hawkers who might be within range of our kids. Recently, when I traveled out of town for a...

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The Gifts Life Gives You in Your 40s

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I’ve been in my 40s for a few years now, long enough to reflect on all the gifts life gives in this new decade which used to sound so old. Now that I have arrived here I realize, of course, I am still oh so young and 16-year-old me is still alive and kicking right behind my wrinkles and reading glasses and slightly saggy neck. In no particular order, here’s a sampling of the awesomeness life has given me now that I have reached my 40s. Life gave me so much laughter, the carefree kind that comes not from laughing...

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