My second Mother’s Day is in the books—I just barely made the cutoff last year, but I’m claiming it! Before I was a mom, I thought Mother’s Day was no more than an over-commercialized greeting card holiday (more on that later), but I have developed an appreciation. Being a mom is tough, and I welcome any opportunity that allows me to sit back and kick my feet up, if only for a few hours.
This was my first Christmas as a mother and I must admit, it felt a little weird. I’ve always taken great pride in my gift giving abilities. You know, being able to know exactly what my loved ones want and waiting to see their excited faces as they opened their presents.
Many of us have been there. As children, we often want what we want when we want it. I was an unusually considerate child growing up (my mom’s words, not mine), so I didn’t gripe much about not getting material things. But like most kids and teens past and present, I whined about washing dishes or taking out the trash, I watched way too much TV and generally felt like I should be able to do what I wanted.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and instead of getting down about the polar vortex that has enveloped much of the country, let's get excited about family, food and fun!
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However, if you are ever in the market for parenting tips from someone who is just starting out and knows absolutely nothing about raising children, here are a few.