Welcome The Next Step - we’re happy to have you Inside the Blogger’s Studio! This series is a way to get to know other bloggers, while also getting a glimpse into the life of a fellow parent. Who doesn’t love feeling like they aren’t the only ones going crazy?
Lori is an interesting blogger. She started the blog in 2009 then quit for awhile. She picked it up again in 2012 to help raise money for a friend fighting cancer. Since then, she’s found a great niche in blogging and an awesome funny voice to her writing. Don’t believe me – one of the titles of her post on her blog is called “How To Get Your Kid Killed at Target”. Love it!
With that said, let the questions begin!
If you had to sum up your blog in two sentences, what would you say?
Two sentences? I could use two words: Free Therapy. I can’t find a gym or a psychiatrist who offers child care, so I blog. And eat Pop-tarts.
What thing did you do today as a parent you wish you could take back and do over?
I lose my patience and scream because the first four times my voice is at normal volume doesn’t work. There’s not much else I dwell on and wish I had done differently – I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason, not to the extent of resigning oneself to fate, but in that I try to learn from my mistakes rather than dwelling on what ifs. But I do dream about how I’ll train the Nanny when I win the lottery.
What thing did you do today that you are happiest about?
I took one of the twins to the doctor for a check-up and it was just her and me. It was so pleasant interacting with just one of my girls – and as it turns out her eating books and pretty much nothing else hasn’t stunted her growth so we’re going to keep on keepin’ on.
What is your least favorite activity to do with your children?
Play board games. The oldest is 5 ½ and not the best at focusing on when it is her turn or remembering all the rules and I’m terribly impatient with a game that is boring to begin with. The twins just take the pieces and run – which kind of gets me out of it, but then I have to go find the pieces at some point.
What is your most favorite activity to do with your children?
Nap time. I loooove when they go down for a nap and I get a little peace and quiet. A close second would be taking them places I loved as a kid. I love to share experiences with them like going to the zoo, the aquarium, art museums, amusement parks – even just playing with stuff in the toy aisle at Target – I love when they smile that genuine smile.
When your child drives you absolutely crazy and you want to scream a curse word, which word do you wish you could say?
Wish I *could* say? I wish I could NOT say what actually comes out. G*ddammit is very cathartic, but it’s embarrassing when it comes back at me out of my 3 year olds mouths – even if no one but me is around, I wish I hadn’t thrown that one down quite so much. Is it wrong though that I think it’s kind of funny that all 3 of my kids can finish the phrase, “son of a…”?
What’s your favorite lie you have ever told your child?
I think it’s a tie between “the store she wants to go to is closed,” and “we don’t buy things we see on TV.” Both have served me well, and she’s stopped asking for the crap-toys they hawk on the Disney channels.
At what moment did you realize that you really were grown up?
Every single day that I suppress the urge to run away, I admit that I am really a grown up now.
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