Age Three Is NO Joke

By |June 19th, 2017|

Turns out the “terrible twos” are a walk in the park compared to the wonderful age of three.
I’ve often heard children of this age referred to as “threenagers” or as […]

Father’s Day: Beyond the Card

By |June 15th, 2017|

FATHER’S DAY IS AROUND THE BEND
Father’s Day is approaching! I know this because Target put out their selection of Father’s Day cards about, oh, three months ago (what is with […]

My Kids Act Nuts Around Our Neighbors

By |June 12th, 2017|

Can someone tell me why my kids seem to lose their minds around other families; especially neighbors?
It’s the strangest thing and I honestly cannot seem to figure this out.

My kids […]

When Daddy Travels

By |June 9th, 2017|

A LETTER TO MY CHILDREN
My precious offspring,

Daddy’s work requires him to travel quite a bit, and usually for around a week at a time.  You know this well – it’s […]

Mom Guilt: Sunscreen addition

By |June 6th, 2017|

Look, there are more than enough things to feel guilty about as a mom: yelling at your kids, not buying them the entire toy aisle, forgetting it’s crazy sock day […]

The Precious Preschool Era

By |June 2nd, 2017|

In the morning, my oldest daughter was going to her first ever day of preschool.
I had wanted to wait until she was three years old, which she had turned in […]

Customer Service 101, Doctors Edition

By |June 1st, 2017|

You know what really ruffles my feathers?!
When I am at a doctor’s (usually a specialist’s office), with my children in tow and we receive terrible customer service.  Nothing irks me […]

The Joys of Getting My Five Year Old Dressed

By |May 31st, 2017|

WE LIVE IN THE WRONG CLIMATE
I don’t say that just because Chicago area winters and transitional seasons are rough (I used to think people were crazy for living here, so […]

On the Eve of your Last Day of Kindergarten

By |May 25th, 2017|

I seem to be on a bit of an emotional roller coaster.
First of all, how can you already be ready for full day school?
Wasn’t it just yesterday I was bringing […]

A Momma As Seen through Her Child’s Eyes

By |May 23rd, 2017|

MOST BEAUTIFUL LADY IN THE WORLD          

Typically, a young child thinks his or her mom is the most beautiful lady in the world.  On numerous occasions, I’ve heard this sweet […]

It Was So Much Easier Being a Nanny

By |May 22nd, 2017|

I had been working in a high stress hotel sales job for a few years when I decided to make a drastic life change.  I was a newlywed living in […]

Kids Are Never Satisfied

By |May 18th, 2017|

I’ve come to the realization that children never are fully satisfied.
Ever.
They always want more.  More candy, more toys, more allowance.  More, more, more.   Or they want something different than what […]

Mom Guilt Always Seems to Rear Its Ugly Head

By |May 17th, 2017|

Mom Guilt.  If you are a mom, you get this.
It doesn’t matter if your child is a newborn or a grown adult; it appears once you become a mom.
It’s a […]

The Weight of the World on Tiny Shoulders

By |May 15th, 2017|

As parents, we often try to make childhood magical for our little ones, presenting the world around us as a nearly flawless wonderland.
We edit out most of the problems.  And, […]

Things I Want For Mother’s Day

By |May 14th, 2017|

Another Mother’s Day is upon us.
It’s our once a year, time to hear how great we are doing as moms day.  Usually, I would like to spend part of today […]

She’s A Strong-Willed Girl

By |May 11th, 2017|

This girl.
She’s a self proclaimed tomboy who thinks she’s a dare devil. Thank goodness her stunts are limited to playground equipment and sidewalks for now.  I still cringe when she […]

Who Knew Pants Could Ruin Someone’s Day?

By |May 9th, 2017|

I’m determined not to let my daughter’s pants ruin my day.
Yes, you did just read that.  Who knew a pair of pants could cause such drama?!  Well, let me tell […]

Who Knew Showering Would Be So Stressful?

By |May 4th, 2017|

I remember the good old days when I could just hop in the shower, maybe sing a song or two while getting clean.  It was so relaxing back in the […]

Things We Do As Parents Just to Get By

By |May 1st, 2017|

I had an idea of what kind of a parent I would be pre-children.
There was an image in my mind of how family life would go.  I never thought I’d […]

Give it a Rest Trolls

By |April 26th, 2017|

I’ve had it with people judging other moms’ choices about how to parent their kids.
It’s one thing for a family member or a close friend to say something, although this […]

Not Another Misleading Photo

By |April 23rd, 2017|

See the photo above?  Besides the terrible angle, always angle down, it’s a pretty cute shot.  The husband snapped this photo at the annual Tons of Trucks event through the […]

Happy Anniversary, Fenced In Momma!

By |April 21st, 2017|

Happy first anniversary to FencedInMomma.com!  Looks like I need to by myself something with a paper theme to document this occasion; why paper for the first year anyways?  I feel […]

Dating to Make Mom Friends

By |April 17th, 2017|

I used to think how lucky I was that I met my husband in college.  I never really had to go on dates in the “real world.”  I got to […]

Raising Kids to Not Be Annoying Makes Me Annoying

By |April 12th, 2017|

Lately I’ve been noticing how annoying I have become.  It wasn’t too long ago when I had to only repeat myself a few times in order for my kids to actually […]

Easter Is Not Christmas

By |April 12th, 2017|

Here’s the deal:  Easter is not Christmas.
There is no “Easter Tree” to put presents under and there definitely are not “Easter Eve” traditions we must follow.  All religious beliefs aside, […]