All Blog Posts Tagged 'growing' (42)

The Stages and Phases of Motherhood

Photo by Vlado. Image ID: 100143151

Photo by Vlado. Image ID: 100143151

With every milestone our children make, one door closes and another opens.  It all starts with the bottle and never seems to end.  Next comes the diapers, the crib, the pacifier and the toddler bed.  Time seems to move so quickly yet when we look back, it seems like ages ago that it all began.

We don’t often think of the stages and phases a mom…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on November 12, 2015 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Teens are very scary

Last week I told my son a "very scary" story about what would happen to him when he became a teenager. Although I was having some fun with him, I am well aware of the fact that what will actually happen when he becomes a teenager will be much, much more frightening. For me.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 9, 2015 at 6:22am — 2 Comments


Added by Dea Lenihan on September 24, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Big Versus Small

She's at the bottom of the stairs screaming, again. She wants me to come back to carry her up the stairs. It's an ongoing battle. She will be 4 next month and while she is throwing her fit I think of how…

Added by Christine Lake on April 20, 2015 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Baby Don't Let Go

I remember the week I brought my daughter home from the hospital. It was while I was sitting on the couch that I had my first real “moment” with her.

Now that I think back it was a fleeting moment, but I promised myself that I would never forget; times of immense happiness are somehow always neatly wrapped up and filed away in your memory.

She was sleeping, her head against my shoulder, breathing in complete rhythmic harmony; a sweet hum that filled my heart.

Her cheeks…


Added by amina qureshi on December 8, 2014 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Starting an Avocado Tree

A few weeks ago I posted photos on my instagram page showing how beautifully my mother in law's fruits plants have grown. She has a papaya tree, avocado tree, banana tree, mango tree and more grown. There are a few others in their beginning stages. It only took about 5 years for some of her plants to start bearing fruit and I was thinking I should've started growing plants as soon as we bought our house. By now I would have…


Added by Ronda on July 19, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

"The talk"

 So I had THE question asked of me by my 6 year old daughter. You know the one, the one that turned me into a awkward and uncomfortable teenager. "Mommy, how does the baby get in a Mommy's belly?" She asks me while we are drawing at the art table. Her brothers were napping, so this Mommy and daughter bonding just took a whole big turn.

I panicked, what do I say? What is age appropriate? I want to give her the right…


Added by Emily B on June 27, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Cutting the cord - one snip at a time

I'm watching the back of my son as he rides away from me. I can see him wobble a little on his bike, but the training wheels take up the slack. He starts to turn the corner and he suddenly looks very little to me. He picks up speed, as he heads down the block. He races by the fence, and is now out of my eyesight.…


Added by Lauren Markman on June 13, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Where did you go?

I feel like I blinked and my daughter turned into a toddler.  It made me think about the reasons why people have children.

Where did you go?

Added by Jennifer on March 26, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Why he'll always be my baby

"I'm not a baby. I'm a little boy," says my son. Often. And he is right. He is growing up so quickly (seriously...who knew time traveled this fast?). And he has every right to remind me that he is more boy than baby.

I may think of him as my "baby boy" often, but evidently, it's not entirely my fault.…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 8, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Trying to Keep My "Cool"


I swear it wasn't that long ago that my kids wanted to do EVERYTHING with me.  But lately, I'm starting to realize that maybe I'm not quite as cool as I once thought I was.  (*What the hell?!!*)  Fifth grade is bringing on a whole new desire for independence, and friends are…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 20, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments

Let's learn something: How to ground ourselves

My Dearest Son,

You are not even four-years-old yet, but already you've learned so many things: How to walk, talk, use the bathroom, sing, play with friends, make…


Added by Lauren Markman on November 15, 2013 at 9:07am — No Comments



Until you become an adult, you never really understand that your parents really WERE looking out for your best interests when you were a kid.  As much as you thought they were unfair and totally out to ruin your life, they really did kinda know what they were doing (most of the time anyway).…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 30, 2013 at 10:17am — 2 Comments

Milk the Moment

With life constantly throwing reminders at me that my kids are, in fact, growing up (cell phones, sleepovers, bike riding to school -- EEK!), I often get swept up in the everyday craziness of just trying to keep up with it all.  Half the time they don't want to talk to me, let alone listen to me, and,…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on September 19, 2013 at 11:05am — No Comments

Eavesdropping: One of the Few Benefits of Driving Carpool

When I'm driving around a carpool of screaming ten-year-old girls, it's sometimes hard not to wanna drive the car straight into Lake Michigan.  Seriously, these girls are capable of some severe damage to one's hearing (not to mention one's sanity).  However, one of the benefits of driving them around is that I get to…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on August 7, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

The Sleepover

I've been having a hard time lately with this whole growing up thing that my kids insist on doing.  It's like every time I turn around, they're gaining an inch on me, wanting to run around town with their friends, and begging for a cell phone.  Seriously, what is the rush already??!!  I, for one, am not entirely ready to…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 18, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Little League Angst

(Oh, but there is!!!!)


I don't…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on May 2, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Mother knows best

I wanted to call this post I know best, but thought it might be a bit too presumptuous. So, I disguised myself as a Mother. Which I am. Since getting this honorary title, I have discovered it comes with so many responsibilities. The famous line of from J.F.K. comes to mind, somewhat altered though: "ask not what…


Added by Inga Batur on February 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Magic of the First Snowfall

As much as I loathe winter weather, there truly is something magical about the first snow of the season.  Those white flakes falling gracefully from the sky always bring an unexpected peacefulness in my otherwise chaotic world.  And being able to share that special moment with my kids makes it all that more memorable for me.

We got our first snowy dusting just this…


Added by Jennifer Marshall on November 14, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Three Cheers for the Sandwich Generation



July is Sandwich Generation Month, a chance to pay tribute to adult children who are juggling the demands of raising kids while taking care of aging parents. The number of Americans 65 and older is projected to increase from 40 million in 2010 to over 88 million by 2050, doubling the ranks of those experiencing this stressful combination of responsibilities.


We expect to take care of our growing children.…


Added by Sandwiched Boomers on July 28, 2012 at 6:43pm — No Comments

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