When Your Daughter Doesn’t Understand What It Means to WIN LIKE A GIRL

lydia.attitude.jpgJust look at my girl! She is something else. I posted this picture on Instagram and someone commented that they loved her attitude. I do, too. But, only on the field. Not at home or in the car or at the grocery store …

Seriously though, I really do love how tough and determined she can be. Even if it does mean we butt heads once in a while.

We are in the midst of spring soccer season, and my daughter is loving it! On the morning of her first game this spring, she was up and dressed in her uniform and shin guards at 7 a.m. Her game wasn’t until 11:30!

I recently wrote a piece for Mamalode about my daughter’s introduction to soccer during the fall, and her confusion when I bought her a shirt that said:  WIN LIKE A GIRL. Then, there was my confusion when I had to explain to her what WIN LIKE A GIRL meant. In fact, I may still be confused …

I would love it if you clicked over to it and gave it a read. Here’s the link: Win Like a Girl.

Author’s Note:  I’ve been having some recent success with getting my essays published other places besides here on my blog, but this one means a lot. When I first started my blog in January 2016, I tried to get published on Mamalode without much success. 

After being rejected by a publication, it is hard for me to get the nerve to submit something again. I’m always imagining an eye-rolling editor sighing, “Not her again!” But, I sent in something again, and here it is! It feels pretty good to see it up on the site. And, of course, it would feel even better if you read it!

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Tell me about your experiences with introducing your kids to sports. Successes? Failures? Any learning moments? Leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you.



Cold Dinner and Conversations with My Son

sawyerlooking.jpgAt 9:30 p.m., over a plate of cold steak and carrot sticks, my son tells me that a girl at school spit on him.

“What?! Why?” I ask.

He shrugs and continues to chew a piece of steak.

“Did you tell the teacher?”

“Of course!” he replies. ‘Of course’ is his new favorite phrase and his response to just about anything. He crunches a carrot and continues, “The teacher wiped me off, so I didn’t get any germs.”Read More »

Dieting With Kids

scalerevisedLast year, I committed to losing weight and being healthier. This is something I have done on and off for most of my adult life. This time, however, it seems to have stuck. I’m down 25 pounds and have been able to maintain that loss through the holiday season and winter, where apparently all I really wanted to do was eat heaping mounds of buttery mashed potatoes and bake cookies. Lots and lots of cookies!Read More »