Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Advice, Animals, Life Lessons | Posted on 26-04-2017

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Exploring coral reefs amidst colorful fish and the ever-so-peaceful honu, the native Hawaiian green sea turtle, was how we began each day on recent Maui vacation.

Snorkeling is not something I do on a typical morning at home. More like drowning. Around here, mornings are stress filled: alarms, children, showers, breakfasts, lunches, out the door and off to school and work, go!

Hawaiians regard the sea turtle as a symbol of wisdom. They are graceful and calm and seem to know about life. They glide through the water. They go with the flow. They hypnotize you with their peaceful ways. We spotted at least two sea turtles each time we snorkeled. Each time was magical, dreamy, and meditative.

The honu is also a symbol of good luck. The sea turtle is a reptilian survivor from the age of dinosaurs and can be traced back 150 million years. Good luck indeed.

I. Want. To. Be. A. Sea. Turtle.

At home, I am not sea turtle-like. I am a worrier. A multitasker. A planner.

Vacation. It’s a wonderful thing. You take a break from real life, then you return. I have returned home with amazing family memories, a quickly-fading tan, a cute pineapple purse, and a bit more calm. More honu.

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Sliced Apples


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children, Humor, Mothering, Parenting | Posted on 09-06-2014

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As mothers, we know that parenting is a 24/7 job. Including when we are behind closed doors using the toilet. When I had very young children, I remember thinking, “Can I just pee alone?” Yeah, no.

That’s the big joke among mothers, isn’t it? And it’s the title of blogs and even books.

So you’d think that when your children are old enough to make sandwiches and wash apples for a snack, that you can (finally) go to the bathroom in peace. Especially to take a dump–which you’d think would be a signal to STAY AWAY.

A friend of mine and I were joking about just this. I have a nine-year-old son who is perfectly capable of making his own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And heating up burritos. And even making pizzas out of English muffins. So, I’m in the bathroom. He knows this. So he walks into the bathroom and yells at the door, “MOOOOOM! CAN YOU MAKE ME A SANDWICH?!”

I’m like, “I’m POOPING! I’ll be out in a MINUTE!”


My friend said her son did the same thing while she was in the bathroom. Surely, old enough to wash and eat an apple on his own. But then she hears, “MOOOOOM! I WANT AN APPLE!”

Go get an apple.

“But I like the way you slice it.”

Isn’t it nice to be so needed? 🙂

No one slices apples quite like Mom. 🙂

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Serenity…Not Now


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Boys, Childhood, Childrearing, Children, Daughters, Nature | Posted on 11-03-2013

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Some people take a walk in nature to find peace, quiet, and serenity

Some people. But not me.

When I bring my kids on a hike, it’s more like:

  • Can acid blow up snow?
  • What if I attached a rocket pack to a port-a-potty?
  • Are there piranhas in the lake?
  • Where do they mine emeralds?
  • Who would win, a python or a bear?

And then:

“Can we stop and get Dairy Queen on our way home?”

But I wouldn’t have it any other way.


My Deepest Sympathy


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Children, Christmas, Emotions, Holidays, News | Posted on 14-12-2012

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It seems to me that a child ought to go to school to learn. To play. To socialize. To thrive.

And that a child shouldn’t fear for his life when he is adding, writing about his favorite family Holiday traditions, and playing kickball.

A child shouldn’t have to fear shootings and killings. While at school. Or at the mall, when visiting Santa.

Within one week, there have been two horrific happenings in my lovely U.S.A. A shooting in a mall. And a shooting in an elementary school. Folks, several Kindergartners are now dead.

All I can think is: Their parents sent them off to school to add, write about their favorite family Holiday traditions, and to play kickball. Their parents did not send them to school, only to have them killed and to never return. This is the saddest, most horrific thing.

I can only imagine what the families are going through.

We are amidst Hanukkah and counting down the days before Christmas. This is the time for love and family and kindness and peace.

“Peace must develop from inner peace.

Peace is not just mere absence of violence.

Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”

— Dalai Lama XIV


I Have A Dream…


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Children, Life Lessons, Parenting | Posted on 16-01-2012

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At school, in honor of Dr. King, my six-year-old son wrote “I have a dream that evry won loves evry won.” [sic]

Nicely said.

But nothing can ever quite top these words…



“I ‘Pretend Poop’ 4X a Day…Just to Sit Down”


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children, Encouragement, Mom Time, Mothering | Posted on 15-12-2011

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When I saw this Tweet from my new friend @mamaPSU, I laughed. Then I thought about it.

Mothers of small children don’t have many breaks. With a newborn, it’s difficult to find time to take a shower or find time to work out. (When both are truly needed for self and sanity.)

I remember bringing my infant into the bathroom while I showered. Even if he cried, I would get my hair washed. Forget shaving the legs. Concentrate on clean hair.

I remember trying to squeeze in half an hour on the stationary bicycle. Now if THAT isn’t a crappy enough workout as it is. Let alone, trying to breastfeed WHILE bicycling. Yeah, I’m a known multitasker. 🙂

I also remember taking my infant into a public restroom. What do you do with your infant when you need to go to the bathroom or wash your hands and you’ve left the car carrier and stroller in the car? Do you hand him to a stranger to hold? Do you balance him by the sink and nudge him there with your elbow while you wash one hand at a time?

Just the other day, I went to lunch with my good friend and three of her kids; the youngest is a four-month-old baby. She took the two other children to the bathroom and left me holding baby boy. Since my kids are now 6, 9, and 12, I had sorta forgotten that you need to hold infants ALL THE TIME. And you learn to manage. Eating with one hand. Washing one hand at a time. And so on.

And so, when I read the locking-yourself-in-the-bathroom just to find a few minutes of quiet, and to escape. I thought:

This is something only a mother admits to and something only other mothers relate to.

May we all be Queens of Our “Thrones” for a few minutes for some much-deserved rest.

To All Veterans: Thank You


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Holidays, Life Lessons | Posted on 11-11-2011

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Two words: Thank You. Thank you to all the veterans.

Oh, and four words: Don’t Be A Hater.

Today in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day, where we honor the millions of men and women who have served or are serving in our nation’s armed forces.

This is not a day for naysayers and haters to rant about their political views, share their anti-war sentiments, or put down those honorable men and women who are doing their best. Save it. At least save it for another day.

And, really, should this be a day in America where we shop for mattress sales and attack all of the other Veterans Day sales in our department stores nationwide? Ugh.

Nah, it’s not about that.

11-11-11 only comes once every one hundred years. Many of us won’t be around to celebrate the next one.

So, save the hating and the naysaying.

How about making today a peaceful day?