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Y’all, this parenting gig is tough. Everyday there’s a new study being shared by a person on Facebook who thinks they have all the answers (hint: NO ONE has the answers and if someone claims to have all the answers, they’re delusional and you should not listen to them) and says they know how you should raise your child. One area of parenting I see being discussed a lot is discipline.

Everybody has an opinion: spank, don’t spank, redirection, positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, redirection, loss of privileges, lax parenting, etc. Many times I have to hit the “hide post” button because my eyes hurt from all of the rolling they do.

But, thankfully, there is one place I can find a break from all of the debates and get some giggles: the YouTube channel, The BreakWomb! Check out their hilarious video discussing discipline techniques:

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It’s finally here, Mommas. The day when your children will lose their ever-lovin’ minds for a piece of candy. In my home we call that “everyday”, but the rest of the world calls it Halloween. Gird your loins. It’s probably going to get rough. If you haven’t already, get your plan together, just like the hilarious ladies over at The BreakWomb!

 

 

 

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Now that Huff the Tot is getting closer to becoming a “threenager”, things have become much more interesting around our house. Dinners are less about actually eating and more like hostage negotiations. Bedtime now consists of someone throwing themselves on the floor in a tantrum while another is crying in the corner in the fetal position (and yes, one of those is me). And when I say, “Its time to clean up” my kid hears, “Time to dump out the 500 piece Lego box and watch the vein in Mommy’s forehead rupture!” 

So when I saw this video from the gals at The Break Womb, I had to laugh to keep from crying: 

 

Can you relate?

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A few weeks ago, Huff the Hubs and I made an agreement. Even though I’m the “default parent”, because he is going back to school and up to his ears in homework, I told him I would do everything that needed to be done around the house (and try to have a servant’s heart about it) if he would do the one chore I do not enjoy: bath time for the kids. He happily agreed. This gives me time to get a break from the kids and gives him time to bond with them. Its a win-win.

I won’t lie; I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed since we made this agreement. So much so that’s its been showing it physically (dizziness, shaky, light-headed, vertigo). But knowing that its only for a season makes it somewhat bearable.

So when I saw this video from the hilarious ladies over at The BreakWomb, I couldn’t help but chuckle and silently give a “Amen, sistahs.”

So to all you overwhelmed, overworked Mommas, turn up the volume and get ready to feel the solidarity:

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I don’t know about y’all, but most days I feel like I’m a complete failure. I’ll see other moms on Facebook, talking about how their kid achieved this or completed that, all while Super Momma was there to sew a dress, teach them Algebra, and bake cookies for their classmates in the shape of their favorite historical figure. I look at these women and I can’t help but think:

“That looks exhausting.”

and:

“Should I be doing more?”

But then I watch videos like this one from The Break Womb and realize I’m doing what I can and that is enough!

Ever been in situations like that? How do you deal?

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With everything out there in way of parenting advice: blogs, articles, books, magazines, celebrities; sometimes us moms can take things a little too seriously. Add that into the never-ending guilt and fear you feel that whatever move you are making could potentially turn your child into a serial killer or a “live off the grid because I’m searching for Sasquatch” type of crazy person, its enough to make us all feel like failures.

Sometimes you just have to tell all of the different media outlets to gent bent and do things your own way and trust your own instincts. What made me realize this? A long hike? No. An article telling me to not listen to articles? No. It was a sketch comedy video showing just how ridiculous I can be…

Sound familiar?

Trust your instincts, ladies. We got this.

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Holy cow, y’all, it feels like I haven’t blogged in (*Squints Voice*) FOR-EV-ER!

Last week, my mom, sister Bridget, Huff the Tot, and I went to Virginia to visit to my sister, brother-in-law, and their brood. It was so good to get to see everyone (and the sites) as well as watch Hermione bond (and fight, ha!) with her cousins.

Travelling in itself is stressful, but add a toddler to the mix and a pregnant, hormonal woman to the mix and you’re basically asking for disaster.

Huff the Tot actually did really well on all flights. She just played with her toys or watched a Disney flick and was content. I’m not a good flyer, so I was basically having a panic attack every time I heard a squeal from the engine or felt a bump of turbulence.

All in all, the trip was really enjoyable! There were some parts, though, that were tough. Like when Huff the Tot woke up in the middle of the night puking or was so crabby that I was frustrated beyond belief. Don’t get me wrong; my mom, sisters, and brother-in-law were all extremely helpful, but it was tough to be away from Huff the Hubs for so long–particularly when Hermione would say, “A go home to Daddy!” (way to twist that knife in my heart, kid).

One evening while we were away, we ate at On the Border after a day trip to Washington D.C. I was exhausted, Huff the Tot was exhausted; basically everyone looked like extras from The Walking Dead. It was then that HtT decided it was a good time to have a meltdown. Which caused me to have a meltdown. Needless to say, while I was crying in the OtB bathroom while my brother-in-law walked around with Huff the Tot, I felt like a crap mom and really needed a molten chocolate cake all to myself.

Later that night as I laid in bed, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a video that had me laughing so hard I was afraid I was going to wake up Hermione. It really helped me lighten up. I figured I wasn’t the only one who needed to see this, so I thought I’d share it with you! Hopefully this will help you to giggle and get through today’s “toughness”.

 

 

And, because Halloween is this weekend and we all know “That Mom”, here’s another video. Enjoy!

 

If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Break Womb’s YouTube channel! These women are hilarious!