Things Parents Should Strike From Their Vocabulary…

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Follow Your HeartFollowing your heart while leaving behind your head leads to a world of trouble. I wish someone told teenager Kat that twenty years ago. Following heart, bad. Stopping to think, good. The heart wants all sorts of crazy things and telling your child to follow theirs gives them a free pass to follow those desires without stopping to consider the consequences those actions may have on others.You Can Be/Do Whatever You Want If You Set Your Mind To ItWhen I was a little … [Read more...]

Public school as lion’s den…

... For a few months now I've been trying to get my son into MACS, the local Catholic school system here in Charlotte. It's been no small task. The paperwork alone took almost 3 weeks to organize. I'm still waiting to hear about the status of my financial aid application but unless some miracle happens and they say "Hey, you're so poor we'll cover 95% of your son's tuition" it's still highly unlikely I can eek out the tuition cost each month. But I at least have to try.When your nine old … [Read more...]

Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they are incapable of singing “Ave Maria”…

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... When my son told me the children's choir was performing Lord of the Dance at mass this weekend I was a tab bit confused...The Boy: No, it's a real song.The Mom: Really? A song called 'Lord of the Dance'? Will there be tambourines involved?The Boy: Noooooo. Just a guitar maybe.The Mom: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Well, let's hear this 'Lord of the Dance'The Boy:♩♪♫♬ I danced in the morning when the world was begun. I danced on the moon and the stars and the sun. ♩♪♫♬ … [Read more...]

remember when children were innocent and people fought to protect and maintain that innocence…

The Dowager Countess does not approve of your parenting.

... Not too long ago I had a client in my office. She was accompanied by her bubbly little six year old daughter in curly pig-tails. Adorable little thing really. This little cherub was going through a stack of decorating magazine I keep at my desk and she excitedly thrust the magazine in her mom's face declaring, "Look mommy! It's Nicki Minaj! Isn't she beautiful? I love her!"It wasn't really Nicki Manij [aka Roman, aka Rrrrosa, aka Split Personality Psycho Who Is Possibly Even … [Read more...]

Women’s History Month Tip #2, Play Date Drinking…

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... When you become a mother your world is opened up to children not just your own. You become friends with other mothers. Your child will have friends and participate in extracurricular activities involving other children. In short, you may find yourself surrounded by a bunch of children you did not give birth to. This is perfectly normal, please do not panic. Wiser women before have paved a path that will ensure your survival and help maintain your sanity.One such survival method is … [Read more...]

St. Lucy, a class project…

"Well, boys and girls, first they tried to set her on fire and when that didn't work, those nasty pagans ran her through with a sword. Questions"

... I'm such a good mom. Or a very bad procrastinator.I was up till 2am this morning preparing today's project for my son's class. I hand drew and individually cut out 100 construction paper candles, 100 flames, 350 leaves in four different shades of green, and made 25 crowns to decorate.I printed out a color image of St. Lucy, from the link above, on high quality photo paper and put it in a plastic protective sleeve, typed out the craft instructions, and wrote a nice 600 word … [Read more...]

St. Lucy…

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... I'm wondering how gruesome I should get with the class project at my son's public school. This week they are learning how different cultures celebrate Christmas. Surprisingly, they've also included St. Nicholas Day and Las Posadas. I was volunteered to organize the St. Lucy's Day craft. Here is what they recommend... a little bland for my taste. I'm thinking cakes that look like eyeballs, lots of candles and fire, and a nice heart warming story about martyrdom and preserving virginity. … [Read more...]

keeping my sanity this season …

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... Having awoken from my Thanksgiving food coma, I am ready to tackle the season of Advent with pious gusto. The first order of business, get an Advent wreath. Last year I set the greenery on fire. I like to use real greenery around the house for wreaths and take holly boughs from my bushes, mostly because it's free but also because it smells oh so good. When everything else is dead and bare the bright green of real garland strung around the house livens the dreary cold atmosphere of winter. I … [Read more...]

apparently there is a time and place for down-twinkles…

... My son had quite an eventful day today. Now I have to make an appearance at the principal's office. Luckily, for your amusement, he blogged about it. My mom and her friend went to see the people living in tents downtown. She said they were down there protesting being poor and that they hate the government and taking showers or something like that. She told me about their hand signals and we watched a youtube video. We thought the twinkle fingers were really funny. Anyway, my new teacher … [Read more...]


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