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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:16

DIY Happiness

Written by Katy England

Kids don't get Mother's Day; they never really will. I don't care how much I can empathize with my mother and what she went through raising me it's a day late and a couple millions dollars short. When you're doing this gig like most important jobs in the world it's not for the pay and benefits.

This isn't to say I don't want to be appreciated. That would be a big fat lie. But I've come to learn that I can't expect that from the kids and also expect to have a nice day. Breakfast in bed won't save you if you can't find your own happiness throughout the day.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 22:17

Game changer

Written by Katy England

Well over a year ago I told readers about our 'five minute' deal to get chores around the house done. Each chore completed would earn us five minutes to spend gaming. Essentially, it was a way to cut down on time wasted on the computer and increase things getting done around the house.

I'm sure there were loads of organized people who read that article and shook their heads in amazement that anyone could need that level of motivation. Well, prepare to continue your head-shaking.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:18

You want to do what now?

Written by Katy England

Getting a handle on my kids' wants and needs is a never-ending battle. I mean, you think you know, you really do. You think you know what toys they like, what food they like, what shows they will watch, what books they want to read. And maybe I did at one point, but like everything that's happened before, it shifts with the wind.

I remember I wrote something about a year ago, about how just when you feel like you've mastered one particular skill, they move on to something new to mess with your head.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:01

The long goodnight

Written by Katy England

So, beds. We have them. And we're almost at a point where people are sleeping in them through the night.

The problem isn't that they're being crazy - it's that, apparently, when sleeping, my daughter turns into a king cobra and slithers everywhere (I've watched). Eventually she ends up on the floor, and she doesn't even care. It makes checking on them in the middle of the night a little worrisome, because I'm never sure if that's a stuffed animal on the floor or one of my toddlers.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:41

Things I really don't want

Written by Katy England

We've been transitioning the kids into separate bedrooms, a move that was precipitated by the transition from cribs to regular beds. Previously, the kids were all stored in one room, and a lot of the other junk was put in the 'play room.' The play room needed to be converted into the girls' room, and the 'bedroom' became my son's room.

It's times like this when hearing how tired someone with one child is can really rub me the wrong way. They've never experienced three children pinging around the bedrooms like pinballs on speed. And I wouldn't have known the difference until I could see what it was like to have one child alone in one room.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:44

Babies, it's cold outside. And we're sick of it

Written by Katy England

Whining about the protracted winter is not a new concept. A quick glance at Facebook has a log of more articulate complaints than I could put into print here but, boy am I sick of it. Winter by itself isn't a bad thing. Kids can play in snow sledding, snow balls, digging is all good stuff.

But we don't have snow. We haven't had snow for over a month. What we've had is slick, hard, intractable ice. Even I, with well over 30 years of gross motor function, have a hard time traversing it. So kids, who have a wobbly factor to take into account and nothing to play with once they're out there, are beyond frustrated.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:53

Now I'm just somebody that I used to know

Written by Katy England

Parenting can be an isolating experience. Yes, you can meet other parents people you may not have otherwise gotten a chance to meet. It's wonderful to meet new people, and I've been blessed with an abundance of great ones. But regardless, when they say parenting changes you, they mean it. It isn't just superficial it cuts you deep. 

A lot of the changes are good. You get to re-experience the wonders of childhood. You get to color, receive messy kisses, watch cartoons, sing and be silly. I love that. But you also get unbearably frustrated.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:11

I second that emotion

Written by Katy England

Being a toddler is hard. Being a toddler with two other toddlers the same age is even harder especially when they want your stuff. Most 2-year-olds have a skewed sense of ownership. They want all the toys they see, and woe should any other tot be playing with it.

Seeing one of your kids upset we're talking beyond sad, we're talking heart-rending despair, wailing, sobbing, inconsolable because someone is playing with a truck is in turns horrifying, hilarious and well, sad (sorry, only so many synonyms I feel comfortable using).

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:31

Divided attention

Written by Katy England

Don't compare your kids to other kids, your own kids or anything else. That's the general consensus when it comes to kids reaching milestones. Don't compare. Don't contrast. Don't, don't, don't.

The problem can arise when you think there might actually be a problem with your kid reaching a milestone. You have a lot of people loving, helpful, kind people telling you not to compare your kid to anyone, ever. It's something I'm brushing up against firmly now that I think one of my beans has a speech delay.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 23:12

The cool of the evening

Written by Katy England

The kids got sick again. I know, it's been awhile, so I can't really complain. I read on one of those parenting sites (BabyCenter.com) that most kids get anywhere between six to eight times per year. It boggles my mind, kids getting sick that often. We had one nasty cold before their first birthday and managed to dodge the flu, RSV, pneumonia and all manner of other nasty bugs through a grim regiment of no going anywhere or doing anything. 

Yes, there's a little hyperbole in there, but not as much as you'd think. With the girls getting car sick and ice storms followed by snowstorms followed by more snowstorms putting a kink in holiday travel plans, we've been home bound for much of the winter. But some kind of bug found us.

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