Tag Archives: motherhood

The Terrible, Horrible, So Good, Very Awesome Day

3 Nov

Von First SwingHow many of you parents out there can relate to this terrible, horrible, so good, very awesome day? Continue reading

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Criticism Is Awesome

9 Dec

NOYep, you heard me right. Criticism is awesome. It may go against our very nature and need for acceptance, but “attaboys” don’t really get us anywhere. If anything, they give us a false sense of security and a tendency to relax and let things happen as they will.

Great things don’t happen as they will.

Have you read this article by game designer Raph Koster? I instantly recognized several themes, not just from my game playtesting days at Cranium, but also as a writer, entrepreneur, and mom.

Though you really should read the whole thing, I know you’re busy, so here are the crib notes:

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Helicopter S.O.S.

5 Aug

FlowerGirlFrolicI sat poised on the edge of my chair, a whispered plea in my throat.

The bridal party stretched before me, picture-perfect, words of promise and endearment mingling with the buzz of bumblebees courting lavender.

Meanwhile, two pint-size pink puffs frolicked stage right, giggling with the effort to leap and pluck leaves from a silently weeping willow. One of those puffs was mine.

The audience politely ignored their merriment, though in my mind, Continue reading

The Mother I Want to Be

9 May

Szaba_Angela_YellowTulipsIn honor of Mother’s Day, here are five ladies who taught me about the mother I want to be.

Who are your five? Or for the guys, what mom figures most influenced to you?

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Return on Investment

18 Apr

1982CalculatorWhy is it so hard to invest in ourselves?

Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? The preservation instinct of the self employed?

Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable?

For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied over whether or not to go. I even reached out to my writers’ circle on Facebook, seeking an impartial thumbs up or down. Their reply:

I bet you’d get a lot out of that … What is your hesitation?

What was my hesitation? The answer came down to three things.

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It’s Your Birthday

11 Jan

SzabaEyesI’m going on week two of my birthday now.

Nearly every morning since my actually birthday, I’ve been awakened by two dancing brown eyes and the excited whisper,

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Cuddle Your Baby

14 Dec

Szaba

Yesterday morning, I had a revelation.

I was frantically getting ready, packing for my work day, and gathering Szaba’s stuff for the sitter. But Szaba wasn’t up yet, and I had to wake her. Now, if any of you have (or have had) toddlers, you know this can be a delicate matter.

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