As a Stay-at-Home-Mom With an Older Child, What’s Next For Me?

This piece originally appeared on HerViewFromHome.com (https://herviewfromhome.com/im-a-stay-at-home-mom-with-an-older-child-whats-next-for-me/) Growing up I always knew I was “going to be somebody and make something of myself.” An obsessive overachiever, I was confident I was destined to do something amazing with life. I had big plans for myself, and I never deviated from a well thought out plan. High … Continue reading As a Stay-at-Home-Mom With an Older Child, What’s Next For Me?

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What Happens to Mom When the Kids Grow Up?

"In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life" - Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard While many women dread milestone birthdays and the inevitable aging that comes with another passing year, I am not usually one of these women. Admittedly, my twenties were quite difficult for me. Though … Continue reading What Happens to Mom When the Kids Grow Up?

Nine Going on Nineteen

By all accounts, I am very lucky. My nine-year-old son, Jack, is a great kid. He's polite, kind, compassionate, outgoing, and does well in school. He even still lets me sneak kisses and hugs in fairly regularly. Lately, though, things have been tough! I forgot how difficult the “odd” years are. Jack never went through … Continue reading Nine Going on Nineteen

The Forgotten Sleepless Nights

This piece is part of "SoCS" Pingback: https://joannesilvia.com/2017/03/11/short-years-call-for-rain-dancing/   Four consecutive nights have passed and she's still without sleep. In a sleepy haze she manages to nurse the baby, change him, and rock him back to sleep, Only to repeat the same exact cycle a mere two hours later. Day and Night, Night and Day, all … Continue reading The Forgotten Sleepless Nights

Fleeting Moments Frozen in Time

Early this evening you asked to lay with me. Immediately concerned, I checked for a fever. You were fine and Yet you still wanted to lay with me. As fast as I could, I made room right next to me for you and I haven't moved since. You see, it's not too often that you ask … Continue reading Fleeting Moments Frozen in Time

Parenting: Asking Myself the Tough Questions

Last weekend a severe snowstorm was forecast. Early last week, well before the storm was due to arrive, all of our local meteorologists had us under "Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings" and started round the clock storm coverage. The ravaged bread shelves and run on milk at our local market proved a storm was on … Continue reading Parenting: Asking Myself the Tough Questions

Are We Giving Our Kids Too Much?

This may be one of my more obnoxious posts-there, you've been warned! As the holiday season has embarked upon us full-throttle, I'm faced with the annual question of "what does Jack want," or "what do you want me to get for Jack," or better yet, "what does Jack need?" Every time I'm asked this question … Continue reading Are We Giving Our Kids Too Much?