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Friday, April 20, 2012

Drinking the Hatorade....

Okay, so usually I would not even blink to devote a post to negative comments,
my oldest was bullied last week, yep on the playground, and we have been talking
to him about sticking up for himself, so I am going to walk the talk.

Today I found some traffic coming from a site that I am not about to give
any attention to other than to say, women especially moms
need to stop drinking the hatorade, seriously.

Encourage and lift each other up and if someone does something
you aren't doing, instead of anger, envy, whatever, just try this
be happy for them,
novel idea right?

The comments were in regards to our playrooms, 
hey I can hang with sarcasm, 
but not only was it uncool, it was unsolicited.

I will continue to put out good in the world,
that's just me and spend time creating special spaces for my children,
it's what I do, and I know a lot of other moms do too,
and if it's not your thing, no big deal either.
You'll never see or hear me judge.

For the record though...

No my little boys do not have access to paint, markers, etc. that's all stored,
they can get at chalk and they use it appropriately for the most part..
If you come visit you'll see some marks on the wall, last time I checked it didn't kill anyone.
Actually a valuable lesson was learned.

Second, yes my oldest has a separate playroom upstairs because four of our boys 
share a room right now, eventually that will change.
If you had quadruplet younger brothers
 {no matter how much you love them as he does} 
you'd need some time and space to yourself too.

Third, thanks to lovely Chicago weather we spend A LOT of time indoors,
I have FIVE boys six and under to keep busy, you bet I am going to take a lot of time
figuring out how to best do that to meet all of our needs,
and to keep my little men learning and growing
and yes I put a lot of energy into it A LOT and 
a lot of time is spent teaching.

Fourth, my oldest is six and reads + comprehends as if he were a fourth grader, 
no not bragging, just a pure and simple fact, so he needs a space that challenges him.  

Finally, I do believe the time and effort put into children directly correlates to many things like attention span, creativity, love of learning, listening to instructions, etc. 
and no you don't need a fancy place to do that.  

So no, you don't need perfect playrooms {sorry, sarcasm}, 
just a positive attitude really, that's the best thing to pass along to your child
anytime, anywhere.

Thanks for listening,
Happy Friday,


  1. Well said! I've always thought that the best parenting is intentional parenting however that ends up representing itself in your family. You are your own kids expert, no one else. Keep on putting the good out there. You are awesome!

  2. haha, I thought this post was going to be about gatorade and gator haters, we're a gator family, go Florida! So sorry to hear about the "hatorade". Keep raising your kids the way you want, their yours and no ones else's. If they want to raise their kids their own way let them. Everyone has their own opinions and that's fine. I don't understand why some people have to be so opinionated about things that don't even relate or concern them. Oh well. Keep doing what you're doing, I think you're doing great! You're my inspiration for my 3 crazies! Hope you're all doing well! Talk with you soon,
    xo Meg

  3. Quad momma Love around here....You're such a HUGE blessing to so many and devote so much time to your family.....what a privilege it is for those who get to share in all you do for everyone. xoxo

  4. oh gooodnes, sometimes women and people in general just need to live their own lives and stop being mean to others!!

    good for you for not mentioning the rude women! don't stoop to their level!

    love your blog and sweet family so thanks for blogging!!

    btw, your playrooms are awesome,plus with 5 boys, who cares where the paint and markers are?! kids will be kids and find a way to get to something if they really want it lol. your love and dedication to your boys is amazing and i love how you give them their own space to grow,learn and thrive!

    happy weekend :)

  5. Way to go! Standing up for yourself without being hateful or mean. I just don't understand why people have to be rude.

  6. I am so sorry! You are a wonderful mother! Someone we all look up to! Keep up the good work. Love you!

  7. Hugs! I am so proud of you for standing up for yourself!

  8. Sorry you were receiving negative comments I wish if people didn't have something nice to say they would just keep it to themselves. Just know that you are a wonderful mom with fabulous playrooms and lucky boys to have such a great mama:)

  9. Oh for Pete's sake...isn't there always SOMEONE who has to spew some unsolicited, irrelevant venom and just ruin your day?? I'm so sorry someone felt the need to criticize your beautiful playrooms. If only every parent took the time to prepare a special place for their kids to create and doesn't have to be expensive to be fun and meaningful.

    I'm a mom to 5 with one on the way. Our oldest is 7. We have a family room, a living room, and a play room. It certainly is a blessing for us so that our kids have some room to spread out at times, and not always be on top of each other. I commend you for the way you choose to show your babies you love them. :) Try to forget about the haters...


I so appreciate your sweet thoughts and thank you for sharing. I always try to reply whether it be to your email or on one of your blog posts! Wishing you a wonder*filled day! Michelle

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