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Shareday: Links I love

Friday has always be a Shareday on the Practicingnormal Facebook Page.  I’ve decided to carry on this tradition by sharing links I love from my community of friends.

Make a cup of coffee and click through to read how these bloggers experience the world, as what else are we but our collective experiences?

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A Paris Themed Birthday Party by Practicingnormal.com

A Paris Themed Birthday Party

April is a month of Birthdays at the Practicingnormal headquarters.  Both Bubbles and Little Mouse has birthdays which makes it a hectic month for me.

When there are five kids in a family a birthday is a very special day.  It is the one time when all the attention is on you.  When everything can turn into a competition for attention it is nice to have a special day just for yourself.

As the mom I always make sure that your birthday is a special day where we celebrate the wonderful person that you are.   This means that I might go over the top sometimes, but the children enjoy it and it is always done with love.  I only do children’s themed birthday parties till your 10th birthday, which means for Bubbles this was the last birthday with an elaborate themed party.   Next year she will be allowed to take two friends to the movies for her birthday and will have a family dinner.    This year she decided on a Paris Themed Birthday Party.

We decided while the weather was nice to have a ‘Tea in Paris’ party in the garden. Read more

Stepmom Ideas that must die from Practiicingnormal.com #parenting #stepmom #blendedfamily

Outdated Ideas about Stepmoms and Blended Families

I am a mom that sends kids to a house with a Stepmom.

I am also a Stepmom.

This gives me a unique perspective of the role of a Stepmom from both sides.

According to the TIME magazine’s article Amazing Moms of the Animal Kingdom, Meerkats live in packs of about 20, dominated by one mating pair that produces two to five pups in a litter, with up to four litters a year. In a group of meerkats with so many new pups, it is often the aunts and sisters of the group who care for the young. After 21 days underground, the pups emerge to join the foraging party, where they learn the skills needed to live in the Kalahari Desert.

If we lived in a society of meerkats every mother that is able to help raise your pups would be celebrated, but we do not live in a society of meerkats and raising kids is no longer the responsibility of the community as it was ages ago.

Being a stepmom is one of the hardest roles on earth.  You are always walking a tightrope with huge precipices on either side.  With practice to you turn into an acrobat, but there is some preconceived ideas about your role as Bonus/Extra/Stepmom that do not help and really must die.

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First day of school

First Day of School

We had an eventful first day at school with Little Mouse.

She is going to school for the first time this year.  Up to now she was still in kindergarten and this is her first year of going to ‘Big School’ with her sisters.  This is the fifth time that I have to say goodbye to a little one going to school so you would think that I would have everything under control.

My little mouse is the my child that always test my limits and surprise me.   You would think that with five kids and three households with six parents that all need to get along I cannot be surprised anymore.   (You would be wrong.)  Little Mouse is an old soul and her unique life is a bit chaotic.   If all the kids are home the house is full of loud noises, laughter and shouting.  If she is the only one home when the other kids are visiting their other parents the house is really quiet.  Her life is always going from one extreme to the other.  This is her normal.

The other side of her normal is that her mom is either really busy or she has enough time to spend quality time just with her.   The first day of school was one of the days where the Little Mouse fell through the cracks of the craziness that is our lives. Read more

Funny Monkeys

My Funny Monkeys

Best question of the week:

Cupcake just asked her dad if he knows more than Google.

I was surprised when he said no.  I would have said yes.

Mom knows everything.

 

Best compliment of the week:

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