My mom wasn’t perfect, and neither am I. And though I’m different from her in some ways, much of the mothering I do is layered with her influence. Looking forward, I hope that someday I see my children parenting in ways that improve upon what they learned from me.
Author Archive | Kristen S
Delivering my third child in my own room was the most peaceful, empowering experience I’ve ever had. I moved when I wanted, ate or drank if I felt like it, and no one pressured me about anything.
I’m raising adults. Six of them, to be specific. You might object that only one of my offspring has so far reached legal adult status, but the plan is that they all will. And since kids don’t magically learn how to be an adult on their 18th birthday, the preparation for adulthood starts way before […]
6:07 p.m. — Finally, dinner is made, all eight of us are around the table, dogs waiting expectantly under the table for the five year old to drop something. Dinner Thankfuls are shared. Kids declare the meal delicious, which reminds me to be thankful that my kids eat pretty much everything I make without complaint.
I have six children. I know, I know, crazy, right? And each of these characters that lives in my house is so very different from the others. I’ve got a couple of gifted artists, one with a nearly photographic memory, a singer, a couple of nervous types, and a couple that have probably never worried […]
“Mom, I can’t decide if I’m more thankful for my family or this brownie.” “Well, I’m mainly thankful for Benedict Cumberbatch.” “I’m thankful I didn’t fail my chemistry exam this week.” “Pasta. No, rice! Okay, both.” “Guys, I’m really, really thankful that the Seahawks won!!” That’s a smattering of what you might hear on a […]
This morning, I sat and sipped my coffee for a few quiet minutes before I had to get my kids up and out the door. I walked up the stairs and opened the door to a room, paused and smiled, watching five of my children (and two dogs) as they slept. Some were on beds, […]