Category Archives: Kids

Kids and Consumerism

Kids and consumerism.  Regardless of your income or your priorities, it’s an issue parents have to face.  No matter how often you succumb to “the gimmies”, there will always be more.  Commercials on TV, ads on the internet, friends who own more “stuff”, the ability for social media to track what you look for and like – it’s never ending.   Continue reading

Life Without So Many Kids

I’ve heard of this concept like a tall tale. I’ve been a Mommy for 23 1/2 years now. I haven’t had “only” three kids in over 16 years and I admit I have no clue how to cook for just 5 people.  I lost count of how many years I had 3 kids in diapers and although breastfeeding is becoming a distant memory, I did it for 11 years.  There was a period of time I felt like I was always pregnant and when people ask me how I did it back then I have no idea how to respond.  It was just my life and I tackled it like I do everything else – hopefully with passion and love and a little bit of crazy.  I have no negative memories, no regret and I don’t recall that time as being particularly difficult, but I’m glad it’s over.  I have no baby fever, no missing of little ones pitter pattering around, no puppy syndrome.  I loved it, I embraced and enjoyed it – stress and all – and I’m glad it’s in the past. Continue reading

Being A Barely Adequate Parent (Or How To Screw Up Your Kids Without Even Trying)

I am a parent. To a lot of kids. Crazy, insane, what were you thinking, are you an idiot amount of kids. 13 to be precise. Biological, step, adopted. You name it, I’ve got them. It’s the most dysfunctional, motley group of people who seemingly came from everywhere and formed a lopsided, lumpy group and called ourselves a family. Some people collect thimbles, I collected my family. Continue reading

Replacing Christmas

Last year at about this time, our kids approached us and asked if we could replace Christmas.  They asked for a family trip and no presents.  NO PRESENTS!!!!  When most of your kids are teenagers, and they’d rather spend time with you than money on them, you take stock.  Continue reading

Am I Enough

There are those days. Days as a Mom I wonder if I’m enough. Am I doing enough, spending enough time, teaching my kids what’s really important in life? They are important.  They are incredible.  I am blessed to be called Mommy.  I am proud of the people they are becoming.  They are the best decision I have ever made.   Continue reading