Archive for May, 2010

We are very excited to announce that Kerry has been asked to become a spokesperson for all Free Clear® laundry detergent! Since we love the product and they love our book, it has been a very fortuitous match…and we are working together to reach out to new moms with reassuring advice from experienced parents. Keep an eye out for the all coupon (in the book), Kerry on TV (national and regional) and coming Facebook webinars! And, as always, thanks for all of your comments and support.

Please also take a moment to check out Kerry’s tips and Q&A with new moms here: www.facebook.com/all-laundry

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Stage Fright

Happy sisters

My kids are in a glorious stage right now. And by right now, I mean, RIGHT NOW, i.e., this very afternoon. What they will be like in 48 hours, I cannot say. But RIGHT NOW, they are playing easily together, making up silly stories and songs, spinning like dervishes in the backyard in their princess dresses. Piper is building contraptions and perfecting her cartwheel. Molly is giving her animals their baths and pretending to be a sleeping bird in a nest. #1 just bit off a chunk of her one single jellybean to share with #2 without being asked (okay, it wasn’t exactly even split, but still.) I’m loving it. But at the same time, there’s a voice in the back of my head that says, Where are my other children? And what are they plotting while I’m distracted by these adorable, giggling, jellybean-sharing imps?

Everything–everything–is a stage, right, parents? This is the mantra we all repeat to ourselves after the little people are in bed at night, when we pour a drink, pray for endurance, and place our hopeful bets with ourselves that this will be the last week of the backtalk-bedwetting-biting-early-waking-throwing-food-lying-refusing-to-eat-crying-every-time-you-leave, or whatever the biggest-problem currently is. After all, one of the most vital insights that takes hold with even a limited amount of parenting experience is that you know this too shall pass. How quickly is another story. But you can hold onto this knowledge like a lifeline when you hit the darkest patches, understanding that you will come out on the other side, where this particularly vexing issue is a memory (and another unexpected one has taken root in its place).

The problem, then, with this whole theory of stages–some of which last a week, others a year or more–is that what goes up must come down. That means the particularly good periods are stages, too…and not necessarily the way things are going to be from now on, day in and day out. Drat!

Best not to miss this one, then. Would love to hear what stage you are in, and how you are coping with it. In the meantime, I’ll be in the backyard. Having fun with my perfect children.

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