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Super Mom or Super Fail?


Ashley with her kiddos, Jett, 14 and Lovey, 9

A favorite parenting cliche is “Babies don’t arrive with a manual”. I’m not sure if this is used more to excuse a parenting decision that you’ve already made and may be feeling less than stellar about, or as a soothing reassurance at the beginning of it all, like, hey, if I f@#% this kid up it’s not my fault. It didn’t come with a manual.  And really, thank heavens they don’t. Each new human (And, yes ladies, you really did grow a human being. Super power? I say, yes.) is unique, and they deserve to have their own unique hands-on manual that develops with their individual needs and style. The love we can have for our children is the purest form. To love them for who they truly are and let them shine is so important. The truth is though, you can never be truly prepared for all the magical insanity that children can induce in us. We want to, no, need to, no, HAVE to get this right, right? This is the human I grew, and it needs me to do my best, whatever the hell that means! The worry of falling short can feel as overwhelming as being drowned in a sea of used Huggies. Fortunately there are those wise-with-worn moms that go before us. Those who have tried and failed miserably and have the parenting scars to prove it. Make notes in your manuals, my friends.  Continue reading


Chuck E. Cheese’s Birthday – Chaotic Genius

When my son first requested a Chuck E. Cheese’s party for his 5th birthday my initial thought was, Oh shit…chaos, kids, noise, germs… But after I actually looked into the details on their website, I realized that it was the most genius birthday party idea ever. Seriously.  Here’s why.
1. No house cleaning! Having a party at Chuck E. Cheese’s means you don’t have to clean your house before OR after the party, because no one will be there. YES. Perfect.
2. No cooking, food prep, or food pick-up! They make pizza. They serve pizza. We eat pizza. Boom.
3. No party rentals! Chuck E. Cheese’s has arcade games, live shows, arcade games, jungle gyms and yes, more arcade games. No bouncy house, snow cone machine or hired clown required.
4. No 5-hour long party! There’s a 2-hour time limit. Plenty of time for the essentials.
5. No party planning! Included in the party package, you get a hostess that gets you your tokens, drink cups, plates, pizza, and even cuts and serves your cake.

I literally walked into Chuck E. Cheese’s with a birthday cake from the grocery store and some party favors. That’s it. So damn easy. Now, it’s not the place to have a party when you want to actually visit with friends and family. I barely got in 3 sentences with each grownup because we were all running after kiddos the entire time (about an hour and half of your two hours is spent playing games, etc). I was right about the chaos. There’s plenty of that. But otherwise, it’s absolutely fantastic. And, no, they didn’t pay me to write this.  I just wanted to shout out to fellow parents like me that are hesitant about doing a party here.  Just do it.  Check it off the list.  And be thankful that you didn’t have to spend 7 hours painting and glittering fake tree limbs for your winter Frozen scenery on the cake table. 😉


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