Posts tagged kids
All the ways that kids humble you

Dan and I are recovering from what seems to be our thirteenth cold this winter (in all seriousness, I think it's the fifth, but I swear we have been sick more days this season than we have been well), and it has made me think about all the ways our lives have changed with young children in the house.  Sure, many of the cliches are true--there are more messes and spills, more silliness, more laughter, more poop--but those things that people do not talk about have caught me by surprise. 

Like:

Your child will always find the zit on your face, and earnestly and loudly ask, in a very public place, "Mommy, what's that red thing on your chin?"

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Emily Rowell Brownkids, faith, grace
Healthy kids' snacks

So many of the snacks suggested for children today are junky or nutritionally empty.  There's nothing wrong with pretzels, but there's nothing great about them either.  Our daughter C of course receives her fair share of treats and less-than-healthy snacks, but we try to take every opportunity to sneak in extra nutrition.  Here are some of our favorites, kid and adult approved!

Note: we're vegan, so all of these snacks are free of dairy, egg, and meat.

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Emily Rowell Brownfood, vegan, kids, healthy
Funny things that I do now that I have a kid

Certain changes I anticipated when I had a child: I have wipes stashed on every floor and in every car, I always carry several snacks with me, and my daily word count totals at least twice what it was in my pre-kid days.  But other shifts in my behavior I did not expect.  In fact, some of them run completely contrary to the pictures our culture paints of parenthood.  For instance:

1.  I read more now.

While my book count certainly approaches nowhere near what it did during my college and graduate school career, I read more books than I did before having children.  I am stuck waiting much more often now in carpool drop-offs, sporting events, and appointments.  In these awkward pockets of time, I try to read a few pages on my Kindle app rather than clicking through my social media feeds.  While I know that my daughter does not know whether I am reading on my phone or bouncing between click bait articles, I know, and I am more self-conscious about how I am spending my downtime.

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