Category - Monday TakeAway

Wow, Help, Thanks

Bestselling author Anne Lamott wrote a book titled Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Which mother can’t identify with the “help” part? Help me tolerate the noise. Help me as they shriek and pull on my skirt when it’s time to stay in preschool for the day. Help me distinguish between good and bad, ditto for my kids. Help me put lunch on the table—before dinnertime. Help me keep them clean even though I’m ready to collapse. Help my son get over his friend’s comment. Help my children feel loved. Help me tell them the right stories. Help me[…]

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Who Else is Sucking Your Energy? KonMarie for Mothers (part 2)

I don’t want to freak you out, but Toy Story, it turns out, may be happening in your children’s nursery as you’re reading this. But first–do you ever think about what it is that makes you want to declutter your home? Why is Marie Kondo–who’s viral book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” inspired the last two UP episodes–so, so popular? I’ve given some thought to this question, and–while the reasons are many–the bottom line, and without any fluff, is that I declutter because it makes me feel good. That’s my shtick–I put a lot of emphasis on discovering the things[…]

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Konmarie For Mothers: Set This Intention For Yourself & Children When You Declutter

At first glance, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up looks like just another how-to book on decluttering. As expected, Kondo tackles everything from clothing, kitchenware, and storage spaces to books, papers and memorabilia—all the usual categories you expect to learn about in the genre. But when you read carefully, you find between the lines interesting notes on the life of a modern-day, single Japanese woman. More importantly for us, there’s some juicy insights on the dynamics that Kondo had noticed while guiding families in the process of decluttering and tidying up. The book, in part, tells the story[…]

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Flu Is Good. Feel The Helplessness.

The dreaded flu took over me this winter. Twice. As it is, getting sick is a source of embarrassment and stress for me because, unfortunately, it happens to me a lot. So being totally out for a week felt unacceptable to me. At the beginning of the first round of the flu, I did my best to ignore the oh-so-clear signs. I kept preparing meals, and sweeping the floor, and ordering the kids around, and schlepping the younger ones to and from preschool. Then, I recalled a fleeting comment my neighbor made twelve years ago, and it brought me to[…]

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Behind The Scenes: How I Turn My House Upside Down To Record UpsideDown Videos

It always begins as just another morning at the Hullman house. I pack the kids’ lunches, wish them a nice day, walk LY to his preschool and Eliana to her kindergarten, come back home… And that’s when my small (tiny, really) house, normally quiet and calm in the morning hours, is taken over by  camera, lights, action!  The race against time begins, as it always does on recording days of UpsideDown Parenting episodes; outside of buying flowers around the corner from my house, everything takes place between my four walls. No, Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! doesn’t apply[…]

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