I was thinking the other day that I haven't gotten in a fight with anyone in awhile. I haven't even been annoyed by anyone either, but that could be due to the fact that I avoid Facebook as much as possible. I figured since I don't currently have a conflict with anyone, now would be … Continue reading What I Hope To Remember The Next Time Someone Pisses Me Off
Before my husband and I had kids, we had dogs. We were the kind of dog owners that thought we were superior to parents of children because to us, dogs were clearly superior to children. They don’t keep you up all night crying, you only have to feed them once or twice a day and … Continue reading Can a dog make you a better parent?
I was honored when Janice at Crazy Good Parent asked me to write a guest post. Crazy Good Parent is an encouraging site that tackles the unique challenges of parenting while coping with the various mental disorders and issues that many of us face. Rather than use the phrase “mental illness”, Janice refers to it … Continue reading Crazy Good Parent Guest Post
I’ve been hearing the phrase “lean in” a lot lately. Sheryl Sandberg popularized the term in her book of the same name but it’s been used by other people too. It can mean a lot of things from simply getting more involved to not running the opposite direction from what scares you. It can mean not … Continue reading Softening
I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t have a Nelling problem as much as a general piss off/bad attitude problem; a chronic curmudgeon-ness that sneaks its way into my days and plants its stinky butt on my couch. I’ve found that when I purposefully speak gently and lovingly, even if I don’t feel that … Continue reading The Audience That Matters
My daughter, who is almost 3, comically controls her universe. If I scold her, she stamps out my words by saying, "Stop talking! Stop talking!" If I give her a disapproving look, she responds by closing her eyes so that she can't see me. My son, on the other hand, is 4 ½ and developing … Continue reading Anger
I talked to an acquaintance at a gathering about what he did for a living. He said he liked his job but not the office politics. Then, he started talking about a hiking trip he took and his entire being changed. He stood up straighter, held eye contact and got animated. I wondered what kept … Continue reading Smoke