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Dailyish Thoughts #83 All good things must come to an end, and our working vacation was no exception. Tomorrow I have an interview, and the next day, and the next day, and Monday. It's going to be a looooong week. So many options. I kinda just want to keep freelancing, but in order to get a car to freelance, I need a "real" job.

Parenting, Tears and Wine Have kids they said, it'll be fun, they said. LOL They are fun, but they are also a lot of work and they do drive me to drink at times. Now, of course, I'm no alcoholic……well not a bad one at least. I'm not ashamed to say that there have been times that I've used many means to avoid the trials of being a parent.

Marriage and Whatnot I do not know what the current divorce rate is, but I know it's high. I also know that almost every couple that were married before or soon after we were is no longer together. My hubby and I will celebrate 24 years of marriage this year, but it hasn't been an easy road.

What I Wish I Would Have Learned Before I Began Homeschooling, Part One When I was preparing to begin homeschooling, I knew that I would need some kind of curriculum, school supplies, a plan and a method. However, once I was in the thick of it, I realized there was one area where I was desperately unprepared: setting boundaries.

Do Kids Eat Soup? Trying New Foods Soup is not one of those things you often see on a child's menu nor is it something you are eager to test with your children. Squeeze into their tiny size shoes, and you probably wouldn't want to eat soup either due to its different texture and consistency.

Sorry for Swears I have decided to attempt a blog because I tried to start a diary but it turns out I'm shit at writing. I'm Aimee, I'm 23, I have a two year old daughter, Harlow, and two stepsons, Rafe, 4 and Rory, 11. I have an amazing husband Jonny, 31. Together we have a dog, Rupert and two cats Audrey and Special Agent Dale Cooper.

It's All About Perspective I have raised three kids. Two boys and one girl. From a time well before any of them were born, I was determined NOT to engage in any form of gender stereotyping. None of the old "girls just want to nurture" and "boys are wild animals" stuff. I was a teacher for about three decades, too, and I rejected those same assumptions the whole time.

I Have No Limitations, Except for When I Do This past Saturday, I took my son to a corn maze, where we spent an hour traversing the labrynthine trails in our important to quest to find all six stations and punch our cards. It was a cold hour spent on a windy hillside, and by the time we were done, we were both more than ready to call it a day and go home.

Making Perfect Play-Dough Play-dough is a tried and true activity that's been used for many years and under many different teaching ideologies to hold attention and spark creativity. It is also a very important fine motor activity which builds strength in small fingers and hands.

Loss Awareness I wonder how many foster and adoptive homes started with miscarriages and infertility. So many times our path follows unplanned curves and setbacks, ultimately getting to exactly the destination intended for us. Everytime I am amazed how much my God loves me.

The Tantramatic Kindergartner - Tantrums After the Toddler Years If you recall awhile back I wrote a piece The Tantramatic Toddler I talked about how to deal with temper tantrums with your toddler. We all think that once our children pass the toddler phase their temper tantrums will end. I know from experience the tantrums never end, life happens and sometimes we as adults throw temper tantrums.

Fatherhood: A Definition If you were to ask a room full of people to define the word fatherhood, your results would most likely be wildly varied. Views would range from affectionate to pragmatic and all would be firmly…

I can imagine I can imagine myself, as a 45 year old, still full of life and powering on. I can imagine myself coming home from work, earlier than the usual to help the kids with a project. And I have no clue how to help them so I call the one person who will always know.

Boys Reima Regor Winter Coats: A Review Recently we had the opportunity to review the boys Reima Regor Winter coats for the boys, aged 7 and 2. The coats are super warm and lightweight offering a great choice to everyday winter wear not just on the slopes.

The Unspoken Truth About Parents Parents are like web browsers with 100 tabs open at once. Our shared reality is that we are all fighting the fight. We are all juggling countless decisions - some big, some small - that compound on each other. And somehow, even though we are all living the same ridiculousness, we do everything we can to project to everyone how easy our life is.

Pumpkin Patch!! It's crazy how kids think they can do anything and even attempt things they are physically incapable of doing yet. I couldn't help but smile every time Natalia would find a pumpkin, most of the time a lot bigger than she was an attempt to carry it.

Chapter 20: Finalstraw A few months ago while browsing through Kickstarter, I stumbled across something called Finalstraw. The first image I saw was of a mermaid and I thought "Fuck it, mermaids are cool". What I actually got was a video of a mermaid telling me about how bad straws are for the environment, more specifically the ocean.

What Can Go Right Sometimes traffic-the maddeningly unpredictable flow of that greatest annoyance, other cars-can tell important stories. I like to think I'm in control of a great many details regarding my life.

Blast from the Past This right here is quintessential dad. This pictures says so much about the man in my life and represents so much of what I will always carry with me when it comes to him. I was cleaning up an old computer in a fit of fall cleaning.

Investing in Relationships: The Core Business of Parenting At a workshop a few weeks ago, I was talking to parents about how they spend their time with their children. We were talking specifically about how they devote themselves to their Autistic children. There is no doubt that parents are busy. The struggle of the juggle is real.

The Post I Never Wanted to Write My head is completely spinning so this was not what I'd intended to find myself doing tonight but after staring at the candle on my fireplace from 7 - 8pm, joining in the 'Wave of Light' it suddenly feels the right time.

New video: Self Care and Self Regulation Joyelle Brandt is a parenting coach who specializes in working with mothers who are survivors of abuse. As a speaker, mothering coach, and multi-media creator, Joyelle works to dismantle the stigma that keeps childhood abuse survivors stuck in shame and self-hatred.

Easy Tots Perfect Fit Easymat Review Recently, we were very kindly sent the Easy Tots Perfect Fit Easymat to try out and review which was very welcome, seeing as we have a 16 month old who often throws his plate of food on the floor!

Mommy's Hair Needs Help: An Honest Hair Product Review After pregnancy, our bodies change; sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Personally for me, after having my second kid, everything stayed pretty much the same except, for my hair… My hair got super gross. Yup, for some reason my hair went from super soft and beautiful to excessively greasy and dull.

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