The third Monday in January was coined “Blue Monday” several years ago when it was decided that it represented the saddest day of the year for people.
It gained this reputation was for a few reasons: At this point in January, the weather is a bit glum, the days are a bit dark and people are feeling a little financially strapped after over-spending during the holidays. Having those credit card bills roll in can certainly leave the best of us feeling a little unenthusiastic.
In keeping with tradition, I’m going to share my best mom fails of 2020. My kids love gathering during the holidays and deciding where I screwed up most during the year. As a parent of six kids, I’ve definitely relaxed more with each child and my three biggest kids like to jokingly describe me as having been “a little asleep at the parenting wheel for the last three kids”. Truthfully, I’m not sure they’re actually joking.
It’s starting to look a lot like NOT Christmas. This holiday season is going to be different, that’s for sure. What can we do to survive a socially distanced holiday season? I’ve been wondering the same thing and came up with a few ideas.
Eventually, the time comes for every parent when their kids start questioning the existence of Santa Claus. It marks the end of a huge era for a lot of families, which is inevitable, but always sad regardless. As a parent, how do you deal with the disappointment of your kids as they start to figure out the truth? My kids are older and mostly non-believers now, though some will never admit it. Having gone through it six times with each of my children, I’ve learned a few things over the years about dealing with the sadness over Santa Claus.
I think parents can unanimously agree that when our kids are sick, it’s the absolute pits. No one likes seeing their little ones suffer. Recently, my little fellow had to go to the Children’s Hospital to have surgery. He had kidney stones that were not passing and were extremely painful. The time came to operate. I was feeling very sorry for my little man.
Back to school looks very different to a lot of families this year. Interestingly, it also looks very different within my own family!
Carrie two weeks before delivering the trio. She said it felt like they were having a frat party in there!
At Mabel’s Labels, there is nothing we like more than happy baby news. So, you can imagine the excitement when long-time friend and Mabelhood contributor gave birth to TRIPLETS!
As a mom of six kids, who are attending all levels of education – elementary school, high school and University – I’ve rounded up some of my favourite products that help keep me sane. And believe me, I need all the help I can get!
We got a dog when our youngest kiddo turned four. We thought it made sense – all the kids were old enough to care for a dog, I was done dealing with human poop, and we figured the dog would live until around the last child left for university. All sensible planning.
Julie and her son, Clancy