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  1. MyLoveforWords says:

    Such a great post! I think this, “That doesn’t mean I laid the baby gently on the changing table, then fist-pumped the air in anticipation of the awesome task ahead.” might be my new favorite sentence!

  2. Heather Fergen says:

    I’m sorry, but I was chuckling throughout this entire post! It’s all about perspective, and you’ve got a great attitude about things. Thanks for a GREAT read and for the laugh. =)
    ~Heather aka HoJo

  3. Oh my! Thanks for sharing your perspective. I enjoyed reading this.

  4. You made me smile and chuckle, but also artfully reminded me ways to be a better mommy and a better wife. Thanks for sharing your moments of exasperation, humor, joy, and learning! Great post.

  5. Love2LittleMonkeys says:

    This def made me laugh! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Amy Miller says:

    Such a great perspective! I have a tendency toward complaining and have been trying to do similar things when I see my husband at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I really enjoyed this post. I’m in the process of finishing my final weeks in the corporate world to stay home with my 20 month old daughter. I don’t typically take the time to comment, but this post was exactly what I didn’t know I needed to read. Thank you.

  8. Kathryn Bruns says:

    This is pretty awesome, I must say – maybe it’s time I give it a try and not text my husband all the daily grievances as well. Thanks for sharing! =)

    P.S. Try rubbing with mint toothpaste to get the Sharpie off the art and dining room tables, no idea why but it’s worked for me and my mother a number of times!

  9. Brandi Marie Fulay says:

    Thank you for this. I’ve been trying everything you suggested. I read this everytime I need a reminder. Your wirds have been so inspirational! O’m happier, kids ans hubby are happuer too ??

  10. This is good. I try not to text or call my husband too much anymore with complaints. I have found that just writing it down helps me. Sometimes while writing it down later I can find the humor in it.
    Also, a pencil eraser got the sharpie off the table my husband had made for me. We didn’t know how to get it off for the longest time. When I read that an eraser might do the trick I was concerned that it might be too late for us, that the ink might have set. It might have been easier when it was freshly done, but it still came off.

  11. Aside from the content of the post, I was distracted by all the embedded links. A link to buy Strawberry Shortcake on amazon? Really?

  12. ReNae Deal says:

    I love your positive yet honest & realistic attitude. Do you have any advice/articles on not keeping score? I do it with everyone even though I know it’s unhealthy & damaging. I know I & my family would be much happier & healthier if I could find a way to stop with the constant score card in the head! Thank you

    1. ReNae, thank you for your lovely comment. I don’t have any posts about that, but I will add it to my list of ideas for future posts!

  13. Cassie Airheart White says:

    I love this article. I work full-time but would love to stay home with my kids. However, I know I would eventually go crazy! It’s nice to know that other moms feel that way too!!! :-)

  14. Great article. Love your writing style.

    Now did you find something to remove the Sharpie off of the wood furniture? I have an idea that might help

  15. OMG I think you are my soul sister. Thank you for sharing this. I work with moms who are looking to find themselves within the overwhelm of motherhood, and mindset is HUGE. And I find that there are way too many moms groups on Facebook where the moms just support each other in their ventfest, and no one ever comes to a solution. It IS about the mindset first and foremost. I am excited to read the excerpt from your book!

  16. Love this! I catch myself complaining to my husband all the time. It’s hard to keep the little things in perspective when your entire day is made up of little things. Great reminder to have a positive attitude.

  17. I need to get better about this. I don’t txt my husband during the day but I have on occasion unloaded on him the minute he comes home. I wish I had someone else to talk to about my frustration sometimes though. sometimes his complaining though about his job and other things gets old and sometimes I feel really under appreciated about all the work I do at home it’s almost like he doesn’t even acknowledge it half the time

  18. I really enjoyed this post! What a great perspective to take :)

  19. Actually, the other day, my husband caught me (and secretly snapped a couple of hilarious photo, albeit, encriminating photos) sitting on the floor in front of our pantry eating candy. That’s kind of my quick retreat when I need a breather. Not the healthiest but it gets the job done.
    I have had a series of horrifying days back to back where I actually called a babysitter while crying in my closet to come over ASAP so I could get away (my 5 year old went through quite the destructive phase for about a month. Thank the Lord she has lovely handwriting seeings how she scratched her name in the TV with a push pin.)

  20. This article made me laugh but also related to me on so many levels. Thank you so much for being real.

  21. Parenting can be described as hard and overwhelming, but it can also be described as exhilarating and beautiful, it’s all about your perspective. The good news is that it is possible to control your thoughts and feelings. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts too often, don’t worry, your brain can be rewired, just like a computer.

  22. I love this post because you have made the conscious decision to see the humour of parenting. You’re enjoying your children and all the silly things that happen along the way. A lesson one can take through life.

  23. As a dad of 3 older kids, when our family was in your position, I remember thinking that this is just how my life is going to be moving forward. But what I didn’t account for was growth. The kids have grown older and the challenges of parenting change. It won’t always be as chaotic as it is now for you.
    My girls are now teenagers and the boy is in 5th grade. All 3 kids are gone ALL DAY! and my wife has peace and quiet. Sometimes I’ll have a weekday off and we get to reconnect as husband and wife. We get lunch, go to the movies, and just be together.
    My point is, it wont always be like this. And when it’s not like this anymore, you’ll miss it. And when you look back at old pictures or videos of your kids being cute, you’ll wish for those days back.

  24. This is a very timely reading for me as i’m almost at that point of ‘breaking’ (and i’m not even a stay at home mom). Thank you for sharing your experiences and useful advise. It definitely helps to know that i’m not alone on this and that there are things that one can do to change a person’s perspective on any situation.

  25. A real inspiration,which i had found this article sooner. Can relate to this.

  26. Tara Edge says:

    Wow! Thanks for this, it Made me smile, giggle, then tear up for a second!! I think this is exactly what I needed. A must read for all mom’s!!!