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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 9

I worry that sometimes I remember too much about childhood. Because I know what’s in store for them in the years to come, and there’s nothing I can do to save them from themselves and the drama of growing up.

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Book Review—Sleigh Ride

Book Review—Sleigh Ride

You truly have never realized how diverse the thought of a sleigh ride can be! Comment here to win a copy of Buzz Book's Sleigh Ride.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 8

I don’t want to do this one. I don’t want to focus on how little time I have with my kids as children. My oldest is 9, and I realized with a start the other day that I’m halfway done raising a man. The vast majority of our shared time together, our hugs and kisses and snuggles and precious moments are behind us.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 7

Don’t we all love to hear positive feedback? A good review of something that we’ve done? A pat on the back or an “atta boy!” when we did the right thing? Well, our children are no different there.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 6

Does ice cream equal love? Well, no. But picking some up from the store because I know that it's their favorite it does.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 5

30 Day Mom Challenge Day 5—Tell yourself: “He’s only _____ years old.” Then, treat him that way. I am not a mom who struggles with trying to get my kids to grow up too quickly; rather, I’m the mom who has a hard time remembering that I need to allow them to have more freedom, more responsibilities.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 4

Is there anything better than sneaking into your child’s room in the middle of the night while they are sleeping and watching them? When they’re really little it’s like witnessing a miracle.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 3

30 Day Mom Challenge Day 3—Hug your child three times today. Oh this one really is easy for me! I'm a hugger, my kids are huggers. My daughter has turned hugging into an art form, and she'll knock you down if she's not careful.

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30 Day Mom Challenge Day 2

30 Day Mom Challenge Day 2—Go the whole day without yelling at your children. Sounds easy, right? I mean, I don't berate my children or verbally abuse them, so this should be a piece of cake. Or is it?

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Introducing the 30 Day Mom Challenge

Recently I saw a post about the 30 Day Mom Challenge, and as the name implies, it's a series of 30 tasks, or challenges, for moms to take on. And since I am one of those people who likes a challenge (and a theme!), I've decided to take on the challenge.

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“Be Careful!”

My main goal as a parent is to teach my kids to stand on their own two feet while also offering them a soft place to fall when they really need it. I think kids need to feel pain, disappointment and anger and I don’t want to protect them from these very real parts of life.

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Can the leopard (or the bully) change his spots?

Really? A bully? Not so fast. Kids, especially young kids, are learning every day how to navigate in the world and how they fit in the world. One day’s bully is the next day’s hero. We all make mistakes, and I know that my daughter, too, could have been tagged as the bully herself based on choices that she made.

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Come on, cold weather!

For my birthday, the one thing on my list was a lovely green enameled cast-iron Dutch oven. I was so excited to see it when I opened my present, I may have done a happy dance, thinking of all that I would cook in this lovely vessel; the soups, the sauces, the roasted bits of yummy goodness.

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We’re Having Sandwiches.

What’s for dinner? Sandwiches. Why, you might ask????

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Back to School

School is back in session! Parents everywhere are in turn cheering and crying. I, like many other parents out there in the metro, am faced with the reality that even though I’m thrilled that school is starting again, it’s a tough transition.

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Manners matter

As he gets older I know he will continue to push, to test the boundaries of his behavior. And I will continue to push back, hoping that my efforts won’t be for nothing and that in the end, the struggle will help him to be ready to face the world.

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Potty Talk

Automatic-flush toilets are ruining my life. A bit overstated you think? Well, as my nine-year-old son would be embarrassed for me to point out, those auto toilets have left him without the ability to flush a toilet.

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About This Blog

Hi! I’m Mari Farthing and I’m a mother, wife and freelance writer and editor living in Moore. Originally from Wisconsin and formerly the editor of MetroFamily, my husband Tony and I made our home in Oklahoma via orders from the USAF after spending years living in Germany and Washington DC. When Tony retired from active duty in 2011, we became official “Oklahomies.” I’m a former multitasker and current work-at-home mom, which sometimes is an exercise in futility. I am interested in books, music, knitting, running, cooking, laughing and writing and occasionally I get bored and add a few more interests to fill up the final 15 minutes of my day.

I sometimes succeed, sometimes fail, and consistently rewrite the to-do list that manages my day.

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