parenting

Conquering the Beast

Cate Mezyk - July 10, 2017

There is a beast who lives in our home. This particular beast grows at a rapid rate. He divides himself and spreads to all areas of the houses. Places where he should not be. Places where one wouldn’t think this beast would even think to go. The other residents here are supposed to help me control the beast, but they don’t seem to be much …

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The New Normal

Cate Mezyk - September 13, 2016
raglan top - Fiercely Loved

Life is different around here these days. As I told you in my letter to my daughter, my oldest has started middle school. And lucky us – her school has the earliest start time in the state! That means Avery and I getting up a little earlier around here. Our new normal looks a lot different than it used to.  Whereas before, I woke up before …

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On Starting Middle School

Cate Mezyk - August 30, 2016
dear daughter

Dear Avery, A week from today, middle school starts. Middle school – it’s crazy! How are you old enough for this? I know for certain that I am not ready for this. But you are. I’ve watched you grow and mature in incredible ways this summer. Whereas the tween years started out dicy for us, with lots of hormones going on, and mood swings to …

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What Is Wrong With People Anyway?

Cate Mezyk - July 26, 2016
Kissing my babies

The other day, I’m perusing Facebook (a dangerous habit, I know – it’s filled with the land mines of crazy people and their crazy thoughts at any given moment). Suddenly, a headline catches my eye: “Victoria Beckham kisses her daughter on the mouth and stirs up controversy!” Really people? This is controversial? We can’t kiss our kids on the mouth anymore? I think that we …

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All My Friends Are Doing It

Cate Mezyk - May 26, 2016
everybody

I’m eleven years into this parenting thing, and somehow I’ve managed to avoid this conversation until now. My kids wear uniforms to school, and every Wednesday they get to don their ‘spirit wear,’ which is essentially pajama pants and a tee. When my oldest started at our school, the only options for spirit wear were in their school color – hunter green. The pants were …

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You Should Quit Your Job

Cate Mezyk - April 5, 2016
Quit wearing too many hats

The following was inspired by the items you see in the picture. Two seemingly harmless things that have inspired a revolution in my heart. Also contributing is the boot on my foot. A wonky bone that didn’t want to go the right way was set straight by a surgeon and I am now hobbling around the house, unable to get things done at my usual …

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So Different

Cate Mezyk - March 8, 2016
Happy birthday!

Sometimes how I wonder how it is possible that three children came from a combo of the same two parents, and yet ended up so incredibly different from one another. Two of them even cooked in there for 9 months at the same time, and yet they are not at all alike. (I talked a little about their differences in my letter to their teachers …

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Do Not Be Afraid

Cate Mezyk - February 23, 2016

My tiny Sadie-bug cannot get sick. Because if she does, the medication she may need to take could kill her. The first time she had a reaction to medication, it was to a prescription strength creme akin to Neosporin. Instead of making her wound better, it got progressively worse, blistering and giving her a rash all over. The next time, she broke out in hives …

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In Betweener

Cate Mezyk - February 11, 2016

I’m currently learning just how hard it is to be an in-betweener. You know – that stage where you are not a little kid anymore, but not yet a teen? My 10 (soon to be 11) year old is a completely different girl than she was just a year ago. And truthfully, I don’t know exactly how to parent this stage. She’s giddy and angry …

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I’m a Parenting Failure And I’m Ok With That

Cate Mezyk - January 14, 2016

When I had my first child, I just knew that I was an amazing parent. Honestly, people should’ve taken parenting lessons from me – I was just that good. Avery slept through the night at 9 weeks, clearly due to my excellent parenting. She was well behaved, and when we told her not to touch something, she didn’t touch it. Also due to my excellent parenting. …

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