Reclaiming Me

The other day I was reminded by a memory on Timehop how much I’ve allowed my identity to be stripped away by the title, “Mom.” As a result, I ended up having a major depressive episode toward the end of 2018, where I ultimately left my job.

It is so easy to let things slip away when you’re adjusting to a new title. Many of the things I used to enjoy doing I stopped because I was too busy being a mom. In hindsight, that was a terrible decision and one I do not intend on repeating.

That’s not to say I plan on neglecting my children; far from, I just have to figure out how to balance being a mom and reclaiming the pieces of myself that I let slip. The journey has not been easy but considering where I was in 2018 and where I am now, progress has certainly been made.

One of the things I’d like to accomplish this year is to actually start streaming consistently. I have put it off for YEARS, unable to commit for a slue of different reasons, the biggest being learning to narrate what I am doing, so if I am … Read More

How I Toilet Trained My Kids in 3 Days

Like every parent who finds themselves approaching this milestone, I was absolutely terrified. I wasn’t sure how the training would go and admittedly I put it off for a few months despite knowing my kids were ready. They were very interested in sitting on the toilet, flushing and had even gone a few times without much prompting on my part. They were ready far sooner than I was.

The first thing I did was search for resources. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really put that much thought into it. At the time I had a Kindle Unlimited subscription so I just looked up toilet training books and stumbled upon “Potty Training in 3 Days: The Step-by-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers” by Brandi Bucks. Admittedly, it took me more than a few months to dive into it but when I finally did, a lot of suggestions were practical and understandable. I think the most important take away I had from the book is that you should never place toilet training toilets  (should you choose to use them) in any area other than the bathroom. The reason is simple, it teaches children that they can … Read More