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Are YOU Smarter Than a 5 Year Old?

Everything I know about the power of resilience, I’ve learned from my kids.

Let me explain.

When my kids want something, they pursue it. Doggedly, persistently, enthusiastically. Whether it’s reading one more book, getting one more cookie, learning how to hit the ball with the bat or make a jump kick in karate without falling on their faces. They stick with it, keep trying, and more often than not face disappointment with a wink and a smile.

I see it all the time, but the past 2 days were filled with Read More

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Bedroom Talk

WARNING: This post contains adult content and will not be understood by those who do not have an excessive amount of children who sleep anywhere other than their own beds…

A while back, Felicity (Flicka) posted about a special retreat she had created in her home. After reading this, I got to thinking…where’s my retreat? I can’t relax in the bathroom – we all know that’s a kid’s favorite place to strike up serious conversation with mommy. I can’t Read More

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Back-to-School Checklist – For Mom

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No, it’s not just a Christmas classic (or brilliant Staples commercial). It’s something that The BadAssMama truly believes. Back-to-school has always been my favorite time of year. Maybe it’s the geek in me. I always loved everything about school – new teachers, new books, new classmates, new adventures. (I’d say that I loved the new clothes, but as a former-fat-kid trying on clothes was by far my LEAST favorite part of the end-of-summer ritual).

As my big boy prepares Read More

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The Art of Nurturing Beasts During Summer

I often ponder if being a mother to boys is a feat God reserves for the former wild things… those of us who put our own parents through hell. I look at mothers with only daughters, and they don’t seem exhausted or fazed in their child-rearing (that is, until hormones set in and attitudes flare). I’ve often contemplated God’s plan in giving me boys and wondered if it was His attempt to calm me and snap me out of my selfish ambitions; a pay-back 10-fold for all the nervous break-downs and anxiety attacks I provoked in my youth. Maybe I’ll give her a few wild things of her own to keep her on Read More