For the most part I feel like I’ve got this ‘adulting’ thing down pat. Lately, however, I’ve been all over the place. I wish that meant, literally, traveling, but, alas, I’m referring to the feeling of being spread thinner than almond butter on warm, gluten-free toast. And it’s a repeating cycle. Since Christmas I’ve lost my mojo. I’m not feeling myself. Relationships with friends seem strained. We’ve taken some big financial hits over the past couple of months. Stress, combined with my horrible sleep patterns, means late nights are leading to groggy mornings. My back has been bothering me on and off, so, aside aside from my daily walks in…
So, now I'm sitting here, nursing a glass of wine, aptly named Sibling Rivalry, in light of this evening's shenanigans. And I thought, wouldn't it be brilliant to have wine pairings that match the end-of-the-day mood?
Parents, this is why I encourage you to watch 13 Reasons Why or at least inform yourselves of its content before your kids get to it. Because despite any best laid plans, if there's buzz around it, kids will seek it out.
I get that this window of time between after-school and dinnertime is fragile -- kids are tired after a long day of exercising their brains, they're crabby and hungry. But I feel like there has to be a secret to making the transition from school to home a little more FUN and a little less FML.
In that moment I did feel alone and about three feet tall. I felt I had overreacted with my boys. I wanted to reach out to that long-gone maternal presence. I lamented the fact that I don't have my mother there to "catch my fall", as it were.
Ah, the power of forgiveness. Next to unconditional love, it is one of the cornerstones of the parent-child relationship. It's nature's way of ensuring we don't eat our young.