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While on Facebook the other day, I came across this hilarious video from Story of This Life, totally nailing it on what its like to be a parent with the help of Rhianna, Taylor Swift, and even The Rock!

 

It made me think of my post a few years ago about my “pregnancy soundtrack” and got me thinking which songs I would add now that I’ve got two little ankle biters.

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Because, kids.

 

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? – Culture Club

This was ESPECIALLY relevant whilst breastfeeding… YOWZA.

 

[I Don’t Even Know My] Last Name – Carrie Underwood

There are days I am so sleep-deprived that I think, “Wait a second–what’s your name? What’s his name? WHAT’S MY NAME?!” I seriously signed my MAIDEN name on something not too long ago. I’ve been married over six years. Yeah.

 

A Beautiful Mess – Jason Mraz

This stage of life is hard. Its full of sleepless nights, nose wipin’, cutting crusts off sandwiches, and changing diapers. But you know what? Its still awesome.

 

 

 

What would you put on your parenting soundtrack? Share in the comments below!

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Before I became a parent, I would sometimes get a little annoyed with people that posted every ten minutes on Facebook about something their kid did/said/pooped or about the struggles of being a parent. Now, however? I totally get it.

I know some people get irritated with (mostly) SAHMs posts about their kids. I mean, there’s even blogs about it. But imma let you in on a few reasons why SAHMs, such as myself, tend to post so much in a day.

 

1. We’re bored. 

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids. But you can only dress and re-dress a Barbie and listen to another hour-long Minecraft monologue before you crack. Sometimes you just need to zone out and tweet a little something to break up the monotony.

 

2. We want to feel connected to the outside world. 

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There are many days that the kids and I don’t leave the house. Sometimes its because there’s just so much to do around here or because I don’t feel like taking the kids to the store with me. Either way, if you go two or three days without stepping foot outside, you start to get a little cabin fever. Its like when Netflix asks you if you’re still there after binge-watching Gilmore Girls for three hours–we want people to know we’re still around!

 

3. If we don’t post a picture of our kid or tweet a funny quote they said, we will probably forget. (And trust me, we want that ish on our #Timehop next year!) 

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At the beginning of the year, I saw an awesome commercial for this app called Chatbooks. It basically takes all the pictures you post on social media and makes it into a scrapbook FOR you! They automatically send once the book is full, and its only $8! Its awesome for the time-crunched Momma that wants to make sure she captures everything. Drawback? Your friends have to put up with your constant picture posting (#sorrynotsorry).

 

4. We need to know we’re not alone. 

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This parenting gig is tough. And honestly, nine times out of ten when we post something, we want to hear that we’re not the only ones going through this season of constant diaper changes, potty accidents, and tantrums over the wrong color sippy cup.

 

5. Sometimes, our kids do genuine adorable things and we want to share their adorableness with everyone. 

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Everyone thinks their kids are the cutest and we just want other people to share in an “Awwwww!”-worthy gush with us. So go on, throw ’em bone. Give ’em that “like”.

 

But I get it, sometimes its eye-roll inducing when you see that same mom with yet another status update about the “very large poop that could rival a grown man’s” or how they’re “constantly cleaning boogers off the wall” or “drowning in a sea of diapers”.

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Maybe this will help you understand us a little better. Or, ya know, just click the “unfollow” button. Whatevs.

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Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit, my sister and her brood were in town and we had to cram in a year’s worth of memories and fun in just eleven days! Its been a whirlwind around the Huffman Homestead full of cousin sleepovers, late nights, lots of ice cream eatin’, and TONS of giggles. Now that the Smiths are back in Ohio, we can get the kids back on a normal sleeping routine. Which, in and of itself, is a lot like trying to tape a document back together once its been run through a shredder.

 

 

Sleep training (and sleep re-training) is the worst. Solidarity, Mommas.

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As moms, we know that our work never stops. There’s always laundry to fold, dishes to wash, boo-boos to kiss, tantrums to soothe, and booties to wipe. Our “shift” is never over; its a 24/7/365. The oh-so-funny ladies at My Life Suckas knows what we’re talkin’ about. Just check out this parody of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic— you’ll be feeling hashtag same, sistah.

 

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Today has been one of those days, y’all. Those days that include you literally biting your tongue so you don’t completely lose your ish, sneaking into the other room to inhale a bag of chocolate, and counting down the seconds until naptime.

If you’re like me, on days like this you’ve got to laugh to keep from crying. And I’ve rounded up a bunch of parental puns sure to get you through until your hubs gets home so you can hide in the bathroom to drink wine and surf Pinterest. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Something I’ve been working on lately is trying to not freak out about every little mess the kids create. I know what you’re thinking, “But Jessica, you seem so easy going…” Oh yeah, I’ve got patience for daaaaayyyyssss….(#sarcasm)

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I think I’ve come to grips with the fact that the living room and my kid’s rooms will never be sparkling clean for more than ten minutes at a time and that my car will perpetually have goldfish cracker dust and chocolate milk splatters everywhere. But when it comes to dirt/mud/grass/anything that should stay outside coming inside, well…that’s a whole different story.

The other day Huff the Tot wanted to play outside. Even though it had been a little rainy the day before, I figured it would do us all some good to get outside. I grabbed Huff the Babe’s bouncy seat and we all went outside for some sunshine. While HtB played happily in his seat, HtT was running around, looking for butterflies. I decided to get some steps in and just walked around the yard. It got quiet and I looked over to see HtT digging in the mud and using it to “paint” on the fence. Her pink pants were now a lovely shade of brown up to her calves and her hands were caked in mud.

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I was about to say, “Stop! Get out of the mud! You’re making a mess!” but I stopped myself. She wasn’t hurting anyone, she wasn’t in any danger, and I reminded myself clothes can be washed. Instead of scolding, I walked over to her and said, “Hey sis, whatcha doing?” She looked at me and, for a moment, I think she thought she was going to get in trouble. When she saw I wasn’t freaking out, she smiled wide and said, “I’m painting, Momma! Look! Its us!”

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My heart was so full! A moment later, my resolve was tested again. Huff the Tot eventually grew tired of the dirt and started swinging on her new swingset. Suddenly she jumped off and shouted, “I HAVE TO GO PEE PEE!” and ran to the back door.

CRAP! I thought. She’s going to get mud everywhere and I’m going to have to clean her off and ack! I gotta get the baby! 

Being the control freak I am, I ran and grabbed her up before she could go inside.

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I had her kick off her flip-flops and let her go to the bathroom. “I’ll be there in a second!” I called to her. “I need to get Bubby inside!”

A million scenarios ran through my mind and they all came to the same ending: there was going to be dirt and mud everywhere. I knew there would be a teeny little footprint path all the way to the bathroom as well as handprints on the walls. (Try to keep a threenager from touching the walls with dirty hands. See how THAT goes for ya…)

After I got HtB inside and settled, I went to the bathroom to help HtT. This is what I saw:

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I very easily could’ve freaked out. My head immediately went to: “She’s going to be soaking wet! She shouldn’t be sitting on the counter, what if she fell?! Great, now I’m going to have to clean the sink for the second time today…” But, I took a breath.

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Again, she wasn’t in any immediate danger. She was doing something helpful. She took it upon herself to clean herself up–my kid was exhibiting initiative and independence, how could I possibly be mad about that?!

I didn’t get on to her. I grabbed my phone, snapped a pic and said, “You’re doing a great job cleaning up!” My daughter beamed at me and said, “Thanks, Mommy! I’m a good helper, huh?”

It did my heart good to see my kid so excited. Would she have been so willing to be helpful had I gotten on to her outside and put the kabosh on playing in the mud instead of letting her just be a kid? Thankfully, I won’t know.

Now I’m not saying I’m perfect because lawd I know I’m still a control freak and like things done a certain way. And I may not ever be 100% okay with mud, dirt, and gunk. But, for now, I will revel in my tiny victory and use it as motivation for next time.

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Here lately, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to teach Huff the Tot about kindness and empathy. (Daniel Tiger is a GREAT resource for this! Plus, that kid has a song for errything!) I want her to be mindful of others as well as of her own emotions. I picked up a few books from the library, but this one was my absolute favorite:

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Its called, Have You Filled a Bucket Todayand it is AMAZING! The book describes how everyone, all over the world carries around an invisible bucket. And when your bucket is full (of good thoughts and feelings about yourself) you feel happy. But when your bucket is empty, you feel sad and lonely.

The book goes on to explain how we can fill other’s buckets (and, in turn, fill our own) and become “bucket fillers”.

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It also tells how there are some people who try to take good feelings from others’ buckets, thinking they can fill their own buckets but that will never work. These people are known as “bucket dippers”(i.e., bullies).

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This has been great for Huff the Tot! I’ve read it to her several times and she has said, on more than one occasion, “Mommy, I {insert something here such as “pick up my toys”, “draw you a picture”, or “build you a castle”} and I will fill your bucket up!”

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There are a TON of activities on the book’s website as well as on Pinterest! So you can keep the learning going with fun coloring pages or crafts! I think this would be a GREAT porject for an elementary school class as well! Heck, I think everyone in the nation could use some bucket filling nowadays!

 

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? Have you read one that covers the same premise? Share in the comments below!