Learning to Not Need to be Needed

The other morning my youngest did something that completely shocked me. Yes I know that by now NOTHING these people do should truly shock me, but she succeeded. I woke her up, telling her it was time to get ready for school, and the first thing out of her mouth was “I don’t want you to go on my field trip today.”. Yes, you read that right… the 4-year-old bluntly uninvited me to go to her K-4 class’ Ag in the Classroom field trip to a garden and lunch at a farmer’s market. Stunned, I tried to play it off by smiling and saying “Oh! So you want to ride with a friend to the garden?” and she said “Yes ma’am.” I then asked if she wanted me to meet her at the garden, and I was rejected yet again. Y’all, I have never EVER had one of my kids NOT want me to accompany them on a field trip, especially at the age of 4. In fact, I’ve actually had the older kids FIGHT over who I would go with when both of their grades were going on the same field trip, so getting shut down this morning was…

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Back to the Basics of Herd Management…..

I’m getting back to the basics of why I started Herd Management. Although I love the work I’ve been doing, and I’d still LOVE to work with brands that are a great fit, the focus of my blog no longer represents my original intentions for its content. I used to feel an emotional, personal connection to Herd Management, and losing it has never been my intent. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve just about fallen off the social media/writing grid since August, and there’s a very good reason for that! In addition to all four of the kids going back to school, all-day long, I have gone back to school in pursuit of a Nursing degree at Troy University’s Montgomery campus… with full-time school hours. Nursing is something I’ve always wanted to do, but part of me never believed I was capable of it for a long time. I worried that my science/math abilities weren’t strong enough for me to succeed, and maybe they weren’t when I was fresh out of high school. Being a very hands-on, active mom for a decade has taught me things that will prepare me to be a better nurse, and it’s really cool to see…

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On Making the Kids Sharing a Bedroom and Why You Should Do It, Too

What do you think about kids sharing a bedroom? Hideous torture? Unfair and wrong? Great idea? I’m so excited to be on Momtastic for the very first time with an article about the reasons I’m making my boys share a bedroom and making the girls share a room, and I’m firmly rooted in my beliefs on this… at least at their current ages. I’ve already seen my kids develop skills that I didn’t have at their ages because I never shared a bedroom until college. Read about the reasons I have for insisting that my kids share a bedroom with a sibling. Come over to the Herd Management Facebook Page and let me know what you think! We’re always up for a lively discussion over there.

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