Like many of you, I am part of parenting Facebook groups. Without fail, at least once a week a request comes across one of the groups that is worded something like, “What is the best app to put on my child’s phone to monitor what they are doing? I don’t want them to know I’ve done it, so it has to be invisible to them.”
Purchasing the Time-Out Chair and talking about how many times you’ve had to ground your tween/teen almost seem like rites of passage. While it's hard to imagine raising a child without punishment, never putting her in time-out or grounding her, you might want to pursue that path.
I’ve been a parent for over 20 years. The armor of motherhood I wear is adorned with dents and dings from the many blows and experiences life has presented through the lessons of my children. I wear this armor from head to toe. It protects me from the harsh reality of a world which wants nothing more than reduce my child to the lowest common denominator. I use my Mommy Shield to protect her the best I can from the blows the world can give. But today’s blow hit me below the belt.
Like every woman I know, I have what my kids and husband call a “mental mommy moment” about once a quarter. The other night I’d had enough. I’d asked. I’d begged. I’d pleaded. I’d threatened and yet nothing changed. Crap was still all over the place. Garbage left out. People being completely clueless to their surroundings.
At the park one day, I watched a mom get angry at her children. Her toddler handed her a cheese stick and said, “Eat.” Mom unwrapped it. All hell broke loose once she handed it back to him. Her tween was taking selfies and rolled her eyes when the mom demanded, “Get over here and help me.”
Back when my first child hit her terrible twos almost 17 years ago, I did exactly as my doctor and most of the parenting books suggested—I put her in time out when she was misbehaving. Even today many parenting experts will tell you to put your child in a corner, a “naughty chair,” her bedroom, or even swat her bottom to get her to understand you are the authority.
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Beginning in 2013 my husband was unemployed for more than a year. We went from earning six figures to below the poverty level while living in one of the most expensive areas of the country. Our family grocery budget was slashed to $300 a month. It was a painful experience, but here is what I learned about eating gluten free on a budget during that journey.
Before November, 2015 I had never heard of Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome. I had been experiencing allergic rashes to jewelry for years. and couldn’t wear anything but yellow gold. What I didn’t know was that a simple nickel allergic reaction on the outside of my body could also cause systemic issues inside my body. Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome (SNAS) causes not only a rash from nickel on one’s hands, eyelids, inner elbows, knees and buttock but can also involve the respiratory system, neurological system and gastrointestinal system.
Mary Herrington has been featured in Gluten Free Delights, has 2 internationally published gluten free cookbooks (with a third GF How To book being revealed at the GFAF Wellness event), won numerous awards for her gluten free baked goods, and is a keynote speaker on living well with several life threatening allergies. She works with area doctor's in Charlotte assisting their patients adjustment to their new diet through menu and recipe creation.
Mary suffers from two rare disorders: Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome and Mastocytosis making eating anything gluten a life threatening activity.
Elizabeth and I spoke about our journey to unschooling: from bullying and self-harm to triumph and success at Un In The Sun.