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I Don't Want to be a Bitter Mom

There is a gash in my soul. A cut so deep within me that it can not be reached, repaired or receive the oxygen it needs to dissipate. It is just there, perpetual and persistent in it's inability to heal.  It was small in childhood, one peppered with memories of love and pain. A dramatic youth full of loss, confusion and instability.…

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Added by Lori Pace on July 24, 2015 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Should Doctors Give Parenting Advice?

'She will hate you when she is 20 if you don't do this for her now.'

That is the comment the doctor told my friend in front of her daughter at the last visit. What was she referring to? Hormones to make her daughter grow at more 'acceptable' rate for society. Keep reading, it gets even better.

Should doctors give parenting advice?

Sitting on a swing with my dear friend, the sun warm, the wind blowing, we chatted about as our children played. With seven little girls…

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Added by Lori Pace on March 31, 2015 at 10:10am — No Comments

Single Moms Do Not Automatically Raise Crappy Kids

I was finally relaxing after an insane day yesterday. I had sent the kids off to their weekly two hour dinner with their dad and was warmly curled up on the couch, tablet in hand for Candy Crush domination, and flipped on the television. There was not much on but I settled on a show that was talking about kids and the internet and the dangers. It was a story piece highlighting several kids that had gotten killed as a result of online interactions. Fully aware that this show would…

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Added by Lori Pace on February 27, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments

How Male Breast Cancer Held Me Hostage... Almost

Cancer....This is not a word that I ever wanted to see associated with my name. Yet, there it was hanging on the edge of the doctor's lips. I heard the cancer part but missed the rest of what he was saying entirely. He also said the words male, breast and possibility. The word cancer drowned all of that out for the first go round. The doctor almost seemed to realize that and repeated the phrase a few times to wake me up to what he was saying.…

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Added by Lori Pace on February 17, 2015 at 7:33am — No Comments

I am Not His Ex-Wife, I am Their Mother

I realize that this post might ruffle a few feathers. I realize that I am speaking from my own experience. And I realize that my ex-husband will read this and unleash yet another round of hatred and immaturity on me. I also realize that all family units are not the same. Not all mothers are on the ‘best’ list and that men are screwed over by woman in the name of the children almost daily. I do live in the real world. But, some of us are doing everything we are supposed to do and still…

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Added by Lori Pace on February 15, 2015 at 11:22am — No Comments

What I Learned About Marriage After My Divorce

I have never been a fairy tale girl. I have always known that things are not always as they seem. Blame it on my childhood or just on my internal make-up, but I did not want to…

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Added by Lori Pace on February 10, 2015 at 12:11pm — No Comments

When the Morning Routine Leaves you in Tears

I walked back from the bus stop dragging two scooters and a bicycle feeling them well up inside me. The frustration and angst that I struggled to hold down were pressuring the tears to release themselves. As I walked, fallen leaves scattering under my feet as if in fear, I listened to the roll of the plastic scooter wheels on the concrete. I would not let them out. I was a mother, after all, and we all have days that make us…

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Added by Lori Pace on January 26, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

Mother Daughter Date Night Ideas for Valentine's Day

Putting together the perfect mother daughter date night on Valentine's Day is a ton of fun. You can go in so many directions and really make it a special memory. Spending that type of quality time with your daughter on a day like Valentine's Day makes it even more special. Here are five really fun ideas to try out the next time you spend a mother daughter date night together on Valentine's Day:…

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Added by Lori Pace on January 25, 2015 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

When My Daughter Hates Me – Tips From A Single Mom

When my daughter hates me, a part of me feels like it is dying. Hate is a particularly strong word coming from anyone, but coming from your child it stings even more. As a single mom it can be particularly tough dealing with these types of situations. Kids can hate you for a number of different reasons, but most of them boil down to the fact that you are asking (or telling) them not to do something they clearly want to do. Hating us appears to be the kid's way of getting back. There are a…

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Added by Lori Pace on January 15, 2015 at 10:13am — No Comments

Five Life Skills You Should Teach Your Kids Early

Life skills are those things that we simply can't do without in our adult lives. They are the skills that we build from as our foundation and without them, our happiness in life is much more evasive. Life skills are often overlooked as well. Parents get so wrapped up in right and wrong that they can easily overlook some important skills. I know that some of these life skills are tough to deliver along with all the other things I do as a mother. This is why it is so important to put a premium on… Continue

Added by Lori Pace on January 8, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Judging Me as a Mom Does Not Make You Right

I was not going to write about this but the more time I spend thinking about it, the more I have to get it off my chest. Because sometimes, you just have to speak up. I have to say, Judging Me as a Mom Does Not Make You Right!

Last night I put a status on my Facebook page about the toys my kids had taken away for spending over 2 hours rejecting my request that they lay their…

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Added by Lori Pace on December 30, 2014 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Teaching My Children Justice in an Un-Just World #ICantBreathe

Another jury has decided that a police officer is not legally responsible for the death of a man. Eric Garner was put in a choke hold in July on Staten Island after an altercation with police that started with cigarettes. He was taken to the ground by multiple men, put in a choke hold for no apparent reason and later died of his injuries. He also had asthma and was overweight and they are asking us to believe that was more the cause of death than a banned choke hold that restricted air from…

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Added by Lori Pace on December 4, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

I Am Not As Strong As You Think I Am

It is possible that I am typing this post with tears in my eyes. Frustrated, tired, at the end of my rope tears. Not because anything in particular is wrong. Not because I have any real complaints in life. But because I get up everyday thinking I can do it, I can handle it and I can succeed at everything my life entails. But I go to bed every night feeling like I did not do enough, I did not accomplish enough and that I need 15 more hours in the day just to make a dent. I feel like I let…

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Added by Lori Pace on September 5, 2014 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

'No One Can Do It Better Than I Can': The Motherhood Curse

No one can take care of my children better than I can. No they can't. No they can't! NO THEY CAN'T!

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OK, yes they can but I will not admit it, concede to it or acknowledge it no matter how rational your argument is! OK Fiiinnnneeeeeee..... I admit it.…

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Added by Lori Pace on July 2, 2014 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

I Want to Microchip My Kids

I don't want to lose my kids.

Not even for a day. Not for a moment, a minute, a second. Not at all.

But as I hear of case after case of children going missing, being taken by strangers, people the family knows, non-custodial parents, getting lost in game machines...  yes, that happened - I get more and more concerned about how to protect…

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Added by Lori Pace on April 17, 2014 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

I am Not His Ex-Wife, I am Their Mother

I realize that this post might ruffle a few feathers. I realize that I am speaking from my own experience. And I realize that my ex-husband will read this and unleash yet another round of hatred and immaturity on me. I also realize that all family units are not the same. Not all mothers are on the 'best' list and that men are screwed over by woman in the name of the children almost daily. I do live in the real world. But, some of us are doing everything we are supposed to do and still being…

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Added by Lori Pace on March 3, 2014 at 11:41am — No Comments

A Prayer for my Motherhood

One day I will be sitting across from one of my daughters, big eyes staring, hopeful, silently pleading, and she will be asking me to trust her. She will want to go out with a boy I don't like, attend a party that scares me, go to a concert of a band I think is rediculous. She will be asking for me to let her go. To let her grow up. To let her make the same mistakes I did.

I won't want to. …

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Added by Lori Pace on February 22, 2014 at 11:24am — No Comments

All They Wanted Was Me

My kids take me through a myriad of emotions almost daily. From laughter to frustration to heart warming love to just plain 'How the heck am I ever going to get through this day?" But every moment is awesome. Even when I am on the verge of crawling into a lions den. Wearing BBQ sauce.…

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Added by Lori Pace on January 18, 2014 at 8:22pm — 1 Comment

I Don't Want to Die

I sure hope this does not turn out to be one of those ironic pieces on the news where a mom drops dead and her words come back to bite her. You know the ones I am talking about. 'Body found, she seemed to predict it'. The truth is, I don't want to die. Like.. ever. But since that is not plausible then we will go with, I don't want to die until my kids are adults.

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I have never had a fear of actually dying and I still don't. However…

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Added by Lori Pace on November 23, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Little Smiles Make Our World Go 'Round

Little Smiles from my children make my heart fill with warmth; and I realize those little things matter when parenting.  It is not always easy to remember our smallest of gestures can make a child beam with delight.  So, what are those little things that make our kiddos so happy?

Surprising Katie at school to have lunch with her.  Wow! Simply sweetness for the Momma's…

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Added by Lori Pace on November 10, 2013 at 10:20am — No Comments

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