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On The Run: July 2016

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I have a confession to make. I’m enjoying the summer with my kids.

Have I heard “Mommy” a few too many times? Yes. Have I fetched 10 billion snacks and icy cups of water? Yes. Have I had less time to write, think, and watch OITNB? Yes!

Still, on the cusp of August with five more weeks of summer to go, I’m not looking forward to the back-to-school grind. Not yet, anyway. My positive attitude might have something to do with my kids being at camp this week and next, but I’m also beginning to understand that these summers are numbered.

Before I tear up about my babies not being babies anymore (and about the thought of making school lunches), here are links to all of my work in July.

  • I had an original piece about my experience watching “Finding Dory” with my son published on The Mighty. You can read “What Dory’s Memory Loss Reminded Me About My Son With Sensory Processing Disorder” here.
  • On July 8th, The Runaway Mama turned six! Every year on my blog’s anniversary, or blogiversary as the locals call it, I go back and read my very first post from July 8, 2010. You can read “Hello!” here. To all of my readers new, old, near, and far, thank you for your love and support along the way!
  • Apparently, I will stop at nothing to teach my kids a lesson in personal responsibility. You can read “Rain Is Never a Good Excuse” (except when it is!) here.
  • The Huffington Post published my award-winning humor essay on preventing lice! If you think lice doesn’t happen over the summer, you probably also think the Apollo 11 moon landing was a hoax. You can read “The Runaway Mama’s Guide to Preventing Lice” here. (Warning: Explicit language and psychosomatic itching ahead!)
  • I wrote about how a conversation with my son made me ponder adulthood. You can read “Adulthood: Being One vs. Feeling Like One” here.

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Happy reading!

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On The Run: June 2016

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Hey Mamas!

June. An end and a beginning. In the blink of an eye, I switched from packing school lunches to packing a pool bag. My boys requested an unstructured summer this year, and because I’m a Martyr Mother, they’re getting it. Sort of. They are attending a few day camps scattered throughout the summer, because MY SANITY, but mostly, we’re embracing the lazy mornings and freedom of each day. So far so good, but let’s check in again at the end of July. Until then, here are links to all of my work in June.

I wrote “The Runaway Mama’s Guide to Having the Best Summer Ever With Your Kids.” So far, I’ve followed my own advice. (So far.) You can read it here.

I wrote “Weekend Plans,” about attending my first ever blogging conference, which of course included a healthy dose of packing anxiety. You can read it here.

TODAY Parents agreed with me that maybe screens aren’t so bad after all. They included one of my memes in their weekly round-up of funny parents. You can see it here.

I wrote about how devouring the devastation in Orlando sent me down a rabbit hole of negativity (and gave me a pimple). You can read “Feasting on Tragedy” here.

“Taking pictures of young kids is so easy.” – said no parent ever. TODAY Parents featured my short and sweet essay, “Say Cheese!” about the frustration of taking pictures of kids. You can read it here.

I tackled the great school paper dump in “The Runaway Mama’s Guide to Organizing You Kid’s Schoolwork.” You can read it here and watch my first ever Facebook Live video on the topic here.

BLUNTmoms picked up my essay, “Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum.” You can read it here. (Drum update: He likes it!!!)

And finally…

FROM THE VAULT: The Public Bathroom Manifesto. Because little boys and public bathrooms happen. You can read the Manifesto here.

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On The Run: May 2016

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Good morning! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. My kids have 13 and a half days of school left. On the one hand, I can’t wait for school to end. No more packing school lunches, nagging about homework, and setting alarms in the morning. On the other hand, our summer is 11 weeks long. Eleven. ELEVEN!

Deep breath.

Obviously, I’ll write and post and tweet about all of our summer insanity fun, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are links to all of my work in May.

Mamalode republished my essay, “15 Milestone ALL Parents Look Forward to (Whether They Admit it or Not). I loved writing this piece, and it was awesome for Mamalode to promote it again. Read it here.

I wrote about the bumps and bruises (and hangnails and warts) of letting our kids go so they can grow up. You can read “Everybody Hurts” here.

I wrote about how there are times when a little bit (or a lot!) of helicoptering is okay. You can read “There’s No Such Thing as Being Overprotective When it Comes to Our Kids’ Spirit” here.

Sammiches & Psych Meds thinks my summer plans with the kids are funny! Check it out here.

I wrote about why I’m dreading my son’s first drum lesson. Hint: It’s not the noise. You can read “Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum” here.

I was included in a funny piece about what moms think about when they get sick. I’m #11! You can read “Thoughts Moms Have When They Are Sick” here.

And finally…

FROM THE VAULT: That time when I gave my five-year-old son some very inappropriate advice on how to conquer stage fright. You can read “Stage Scared” here.

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