Category: kids

5 Tips for a Peaceful Morning

We all know that mornings can be hard. Getting the kids ready for school without any fights is no easy task.  That’s why I’ve come up with 5 tips for a peaceful morning.  These are easy, sure-fire tools to get your kids off to school with no hassle, no whining and no blood.     […]

Giveaway! – Milk Unleashed

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. * Canada Only!* I love you guys so much that I’ve teamed up with Milk Unleashed to bring one of you an amazing Milk Unleashed gift pack including: One liter of Shelf Safe Milk (Grand Pre or Baboo) Three single serving shelf safe milks (white and chocolate) from: Chokeo Chocolate […]

Best. Compliment. Ever.

“Mommy, when I was just a little seed I made a wish.  I wished that I would have a mommy just like you.” – Silas   That’s what Silas said to me in the health food store yesterday.  If it hadn’t been immediately tainted by the red-headed teller that can’t tell Vitamin C from liquid […]

Feeling Feelings

I’ve cried a lot today. I woke up in a fog of SSRI withdrawal, I had slept in too long and it was time to feed the kids FAST and get out the door for swimming lessons.  I managed to do it, despite the fog and the rush, we got there only 3 minutes late.  […]

To All The New Mothers

Dear new mothers, From the moment you know you’re pregnant, it begins.  You’re part of the new mother’s club. You begin to compare, she’s carrying higher and she’s carrying lower, she’s growing fast and she’s growing slower  You’ll be jealous of people who are farther along then you and feel better than the women behind.  […]

The One That Got Away

For the last year and a bit I’ve had a trusty IUD hanging out in my uteris, stopping any “invaders” from getting at my eggs.  It worked beautifully, as beautifully as I could have hoped.  Birth control, the oral kind, turns me in to a crazy person and all the other options sounded not so […]

Parenthood: don’t sleep with your autistic nephew’s therapist

Smart title. I don’t know if any of you watch the show Parenthood but I was hooked from the moment I first saw it which was early this fall.  I love how they portray everyone’s family and I can REALLY relate to the Max’s family, the boy with aspergers. Last night’ episode they lost their […]

Tumble Time

Let me begin by saying how glad I am that I started consuming All Bran Buds again.  Remember back in the day when I wrote an ode to All Bran Buds?  Ya I’m feeling the All Bran Bud afterglow right now and it feels gooood. So we went to go tumble about at the gymnastics […]

How to Potty Train Your Toddler

It seems like one of the most frustrating parts of parenting a toddler is potty training them.  I hear many facebook status updates from my friends who are growling about it. Potty training is tough but can be quickly achieved through these five simple principles: I have no clue. don’t ask me. I’m completely void […]

New URL!!!

From now on you should start getting used to finding my blog by going to http://www.informalmatriarch.com/ Yes my friends, things are changing around here.  I’m changing hosts and giving my blog a make over and yes, it’s going to be good.  I’m also going to try and make the blog a little better, I’m pretty […]

What Our Tantrums Are Like

Oh my, Silas just tantrumed forrrrr….30 minutes.  Yup…30.  I didn’t sustain any injuries but that’s partly because I locked Isaac and I in the bathroom.  Then, dodging Silas, I ran and locked us in Isaac’s bedroom, holding the door closed with my feet so I could safely get clothes on Isaac and get him into […]

The Diagnosis Blues

The love I have for my children is the most vulnerable and scary love in the whole world.  You put your heart out as far as it can go, almost naively, without knowing how easily broken it is.  I think every mother’s heart gets broken.   Some get broken more, some less.  This most beautiful […]

I’ll have a new brain please…and a side of sanity…

After a rough morning I wondered weather or not I should write what happened here or just journal it.  This isn’t the easiest thing to write but this blog is about being authentic and about saying things that most people are to scared or embarrassed to say so people don’t feel alone. It’s been a […]

Lies??

It’s weird what’s just ingrained in human nature.  I suppose if you don’t know any better, telling your mommy “did you poop?  Should we change your bum quick?” (the echolalia makes him repeat things to me how I’ve said them to him) when you really haven’t, seems like a great idea to get attention. He’s […]

Are They 13 Already?

I thought they wouldn’t eat me out of house and home until they were teenagers…not NOW! For example, a typical breakfast for Silas is 3 eggs, a banana, an apple, some crackers, a rice cake, sometimes another banana, a kiwi and then I say STOP SILAS because it’s almost lunch time.  Then Isaac downs over […]

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