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I thought that when my kids got to be 18, I would be the bow and shoot those arrows off into the world.  But I was a young mother and little did I know that my job would never be done.  Each of my children in their own way has taught me that motherhood is […]

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Along the way on my path of motherhood, I gathered my stories that emerged as I began exploring my creative self.  Bit by bit, I wrote them down in my journals, made visual art about them, danced them and finally began performing them, all the while struggling to convince myself that I actually COULD do […]

Isolated Mother

Feb
2013
26

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Most of the time I was an isolated mother.  I lived in the suburbs. I’m not a group joiner. I don’t love shopping, or cooking, or card playing, or bookclubs or tupperware parties and that seemed to be what other mothers in my neighborhood were doing.  I didn’t know my artistic path yet. Oh, I provided lots […]

Read my mind.

Oct
2012
23

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I think it would have been better if I had never expected my kids to read my mind.  I sometimes wasn’t clear about what it was I wanted them to do – All the while saying what I didn’t want.  I guess I thought they had superpowers to see my thoughts and then expected them […]

Never-ending lists.

Oct
2012
23

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My kids would often balk at completing their assigned housework jobs.  Seems typical that children don’t want to work – Do you?  I don’t.  So I decided to let them choose their jobs from my list.  But then I realized that my list was never-ending.  When they completed one – well – there would be […]

Lost in Motherhood

Jul
2012
17

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Often I felt lost in my role as mother.  It’s not that I didn’t want that job – I loved being a mom!  I began motherhood at a young age and quickly my attention was absorbed in the needs of four children.  This was the life I had chosen and it was good, but I […]

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  Listen like a mirror. An easy way to learn to  listen well to your children is to listen like a mirror.  Just keep reflecting back what you just heard or saw or what you think your child is feeling.  If you are wrong they will correct you.  This is hard to do!  It’s so […]

Yelling

Jun
2012
28

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Do you ever yell at your kids?  I did, when I was not coping well with my life.  I was like a little tea pot - internal “water” + unexpressed “fire” = “steam” that blows the whistle!  Then we moved and the house next door was occupied by a father who yelled loudly at his family.  He […]

What’s Helpful

Jun
2012
08

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I went to a community college class for single mothers during my first year of being a single mother of FOUR (remember that number).  The teacher was a single mother of ONE (remember that number).  I sat in the back.  She had a very neat and tidy grid on which she plotted an organizational chart for […]

Blue in the Face

May
2012
21

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Do you ever feel like you talk to your kids till you’re blue in the face? (Meaning of that phrase:  “You keep saying the same thing again and again, but no one listens to you.”) Mothers are often accused of talking too much.  I hate to admit this, but it was true of me.  I […]