I remember sitting in the required parenting class at Women & Infants Hospital when I was pregnant with my first child. The instructor talked about ways to reduce stress in our daily lives. They were common sense things, like sleep when the baby sleeps, take a hot shower, go for a walk, talk on the phone… Talk on the phoneâ€”that one seemed silly to me. How does talking on the phone reduce stress?
author page: Tina Gisone-Nicini
Tina Gisone-Nicini is a writer and mom in Riverside, RI. When sheâ€™s not pulling Legos from the vacuum or crayons from the dryer, sheâ€™s most likely in the garden contemplating carrots.
The Wellfleet Oyster Festival on October 15th and 16th comes at my favorite time of year, especially on Cape Cod. The air is crisp and smells of salt and falling leaves, perfect weather for chowder and beer. Main Street is lined with fine art and craft vendors, where you’ll find an array of unique handmade items, wearable, edible and otherwise. It is my personal tradition to ogle the jewelry of Twigs and Heather; their booth sparkles with bits of nature cast in silver. Though there is plenty of fresh, local seafood, there are many options for non-seafood eaters (does Kettle Corn count? that’s what my kids prefer to eat).
It was one of those days when abandoning the house seemed easier than cleaning.
We could just walk away with our shirts on our backs and start new. We could find an empty house without a carpet of Legos or a laundry pile thatâ€™s taller than me. I always thought the mess would get smaller as my kids got bigger. It’s not happening.
I would like to introduce Tina Gisone-Nicini, a new contributing writer to Kidoinfo. Parenting is not a science and although we want to make choices about what’s best for our kids, I also believe we need to make things work with our own personalities and family rhythm. I love Tina’s honesty and wit. And I am also not a morning personâ€”this had me laughning out loud! – Anisa
I have a confession to make: we like to sleep in. We like to laze about in pajamas, playing with Legos on the floor or reading the news online until at least ten o’clock. If you call our house before ten, we are unlikely to answer. That doesn’t necessarily mean we are still sleeping, we are just not ready to make any plans or engage in serious conversation. If you stop by unannounced, you will find us in pajamas with bed head (I’m talking CRAZY hair).