An honest update and a little story

A note my kindergartener left on my bedroom door
A note my kindergartener left on my bedroom door
A note my kindergartener left on my bedroom door. At least she thought of her dad, right?

Well hi there, friends. Somehow two weeks have gone by since I last wrote something. Wait, no, that’s not true. I write every day for work, I just haven’t written for the blog in two weeks. Well, actually, it was an Honest Moms Speak Out essay that I last posted. So it’s been longer than two weeks…

Oh, you know what I mean.

Things have been a bit overwhelming around here. Just as I decided to focus more time on Honest Mom, I got a new awesome contract writing job, so now I’m working every day while the kids are at school. That’s been an adjustment, for sure. And there have been loads of doctor appointments (nothing terribly wrong, they just all lined up that way), special after-school activities, constant snowtastrophes screwing things up, and just general life chaos.

I hope to get back on track next week with another HMSO essay, and I have lots of posts brewing: an update on my picky eaters and what’s been working, a debate on kindergarten homework, and other parenting stuff.

Maybe you haven’t even noticed that it’s been a little quiet around here — I’m sure your inbox is overflowing like mine, so you may not have even noticed the lack of Honest Mom emails! But things will ramp back up here soon.

In the meantime, I’ve got a Facebook page you can follow, and I accept all friend requests on my own profile, so feel free to friend me (unless you’re some creepy dude with objectionable stuff on your FB wall — I’ve had a few of those requests and NOPE). I post on both at least once or twice a day on those accounts.

I also have a private Facebook group for Honest Mom fans that is pretty active, and you’re welcome to join it. We talk about parenting challenges and mental health stuff, and share both the tough stuff and the fun stuff. If you’re interested in joining it, friend me on Facebook and then send me a message. Ask me to add you to my private Facebook group for Honest Mom fans. Since it is private, no one can see that it exists, see what you post, or know that you are in it. I hope to see you there!

Last thing — I just want to tell you a cute story. Grace, my kindergartener, is a confident, bubbly little munchkin. The kind of kid who leaves unintentionally hysterical little notes for me, like the one above. She’s a firecracker, as her grandma says.

So I was surprised when she came home and told me her class was doing a special show-and-tell, but she didn’t want to participate. At first I thought it was because she couldn’t think of anything to bring, but then we settled on her soccer trophy. And yet she still didn’t want to talk at show-and-tell.

Finally, it was the day before it was her turn, and she was still insisting that she didn’t want to do it. I asked why again, expecting her standard “I just don’t want to,” and then her eyes welled up.

“Mom, I don’t want to talk about my soccer trophy in front of the whole school.”

My poor little punkin thought she’d have to stand up in front of hundreds of kids for show-and-tell. No wonder she was terrified. Awwwwww. I forget sometimes how young she is. She still had some butterflies about talking in front of her class, but she did it — and of course couldn’t remember anything she said when I asked her how it went!

Have a great weekend everyone, and I look forward to getting back on track next week!

Hugs,
JD