If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

I need your funny stories -- pronto!

Over the past few months, I have found my readers to be a wealth of encouragement and inspiration.

Can I tap into it please?

I am working on an article about how humor can be healing in relationships. I am looking for some real-life parenting anecdotes/examples of how you used humor to help your family or child heal from grief, failure or an unexpected crisis.

These don't have to be life-shattering incidents. It could be how you use humor to help your kids cope with the kind of grief, failures and mini-crises we face everyday in the world of parenting. (i.e. not making a sports team, the loss of a friendship, etc.)

A specific incident of how it worked with one of your children would be great. Or it can be a more general parenting principle you've found to be helpful.

My deadline to turn in my outline to the magazine is tomorrow by 8 p.m. I have a few parenting examples, but I could really use more. My brilliant husband suggested I tap the creative brains of my fellow bloggers.

You won't let me down will you??

If you think you may have a story that would fit what I need, please email me with the basic details to melinda@parentingconfessions.com. If I think it fits what I need, I'll contact you and make arrangements for us to do a brief phone interview.

Thanks so much!
Melinda

3 comments:

  1. It was so great to hear from you Melinda! I know you've been crazed with feeling under the weather lately, but it was nice to see you stop by! :)

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  2. I have to let you down, as I have no children. But, I'm sure your other readers will send you a hundred stories! :)

    Good luck!

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  3. My daughter is too young for this sort of thing to help her, but I have to admit, I thank God so often for a husband who has a sense of humor. We'd never survive the financially lean times if he wasn't there to make me laugh through the stress.

    I hope you find the stories you're looking for!

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