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We All Start Somewhere...

Welcome to My Real Life Parenting! I am really glad that you found me! This site is a collection of tales stemming from my experiences raising my children.

For the past 18 years, my mother has spent countless hours listening to my child rearing stories. Some good, some bad. Every conversation always included her encouragement that I should write these down. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew that to be true - yes I should. But raising four kids didn't provide much convenient writing time. Alas, I have embarked upon the shores of teenagehood and am now finding more time on my hands and a heart full of stories bursting to be told.

Thus, a blog has been born...


Latest Blogs

Wrapping It All Up

And Finally - It REALLY Is What It Is

Because She Deserves It

We Are Family

When Will You Realize Vienna Waits For You?

The Quest for Gold in Our Backyard


Can I Give You A Kiss?

Peace. At Last.

Life Isn't Perfect - But He Is

Until You Realize That It Isn't

For Those That Need A Lifeline

Back to the Days of Christopher Robin and Pooh

Boy, I Didn't See This Coming

Whatever You Do - Just Do It

Cleaning Out and Letting Go

So I Will Write It All Down

Who Do People Think You Are?

My Graduation Gift


There Will Be No More Nagging

Whatever You Do - Do NOT Turn Off the TV

A Change is a Comin'

When A People Pleaser Parents

What I Learned My First 18 Years of Parenting


Bon Voyage

Chip Off The Old Block

Have You Ever Thought About...

Cause and Effect

Let The Coaches Coach

Where The Boys Are

Is It Good For The Soul?

Testosterone Tango

What's YOUR Plan?

It's Time For Me To Call It Quits

The Christmas Book Poem

When I Realized I Was Growing Up

Your Beginning

It's All Downhill From Here

And Then There Are Those Wooden Blocks...

You Just Never Know

Five Words

Have I Introduced You To My Husband?

Permission To Be Sick

Being Irreplaceable

Do You Know Your Paper Boy?

I Remember Little Bear

I Told Her To Do The Wrong Thing

Parenting and Prayer

Life Is Not Fair

Do I Wish To Sing?



Another Birthday Bomb

Have You Noticed? It's All In Their Eyes

Stress. I Won't Allow It. At Least Not Today.

And Then The Earth Quaked

Because I Was Home

Don't Mistake the Silence

Thoughts About Time and the Time Spent in Thoughts

And Then There Was A Girlfriend

Who Likes Leftovers?

How's Your Corner of the World?

Dear Son #3

Just Do It

The World's Fastest Decade

Choose Again.


Because I Love You

Then The Clock Stopped

Think It Isn't YOUR Teen?

If I Could

When I Grow Up To Be A Man

The Soundtrack of My Life

In My Attic

Parental Fears

If He Walked Into My Life Today

Time Traveling

Decisions to Homeschool

Psst. Did You Hear About...

His Forever Picture

In Fifteen Years, It Will Be Fifteen Years Ago...

"You Were Perfect, Baby"

Es Lo Que Es - Part Two

Forever and No Matter What

Es Lo Que Es - Part One

If Something is Wrong - What Then?

Wordless Wednesday

I Have Failed

The Sleepover Dilemma

The Case of My Son's Pants

Trust Has To Be Earned

Step-Parenting: You Just Have to Find Your Own Way

Inside a Mother's Heart

Let's Just Let It Ride

My Doctor Doolittle

Summer is Stressing Me Out

Got Loppers?

The Gift of Time

Life is Forever Changed

If She's Meant To, She Will

I'm Letting Go of My Mom Guilt

Like a Real Man

Someday Her Prince Will Come

Welcome to the World

Have You Seen the Groundhogs?

Good-Bye My Sweet Pea

I Promise You Won't Regret It

All Good Things Come To An End

Swinging: A Short Story - Will You Come Away With Me?

Life Just Keeps Getting In The Way

Sometimes Ignorance Is Bliss

Wait Until You Have Children Of Your Own

The Dangerous World of Play Dates

If You Really Knew Me, You Would Know That...

If You Build It, They Will Come

In the Still of the Night

You Break It, You Buy It

A Father Speaks to His Son

When Dad Travels

Kids Lie

The Secret World of Cell Phones

Two Hours At A Time

Can We Talk?

When I Grow Up #1

Happy Anniversary!

What Are the Chances?

"Real Friends Don't Let Real Friends Use Facebook"

It Takes a Village - But You Need To Open Your Front Door First

Finding A Beach in My Bathtub

To Be Sick or Not To Be Sick, That is the Quesion

Real Life Quotes and Real Life Happenings - February Edition

Teenagers and Running Away

World's Greatest Teacher

Teenage Turbulence

A Mother's Secret

Divide and Conquer

"There is Really Something Wrong With My Son"

Will You Be My Valentine?

"Dancing in the Minefield"

Just Call Me "Mrs. Mean"

"People Don't Change"

For My Girl - All My Love, Mom

You Want My Real Life Parenting? You Got It!

The Secret to Marriage

I've Got the Orthopedist on Speed Dial

Drowning in the Waters of Adolescent Parenting

Helping Him Be All He Can Be

Why Am I Writing This Blog Again?

Mourning the End of Vacation


New Year's Eve Just Means Frozen Mozzarella Sticks

There's Nothing Wrong With Being JUST a Mother!

The Room Sets the Stage

My Favorite Day of the Year

"Is Christmas Really Different When You're A Grown-Up?"

Vivi's Top Ten Real Life Parenting Christmas Pet Peeves

The Root of the Problem

My Christmas Story

Another Coughing Christmas

Giving Gifts

Tired of Being Too Busy

Another Wrestling Season



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