Week in Review

Week in Review 8/17/18

I hope everyone had a great week. Thanks for checking out my weekly series, Week in Review, posted every Friday. Enjoy a recap of how the week went down, and tell me about yours.

1) What’s gotten my attention this week?

Motherhood in the Age of Fear.  It’s an opinion piece from the New York Times I saw circulating around social media. The premise is essentially that mothers are being increasingly judged and harassed for making completely normal parenting decisions. I tend to agree with the overall message but disagree with some of the specific examples the author sites. So much of what might be okay or not depends on the circumstances and individual child.

A personal example I can add to the topic is once I let my kids play in our own backyard that is completely fenced while I made dinner inside. I can see the backyard from the kitchen window. The thought crossed my mind that if one of my neighbors saw that the kids were by themselves that I may get Child Protective Services called on me. CPS wasn’t called, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if they had been. And the fact that the thought crossed my mind I think says a lot.

What do you think?

2) What post should you check out?

The Liebster Award. I was nominated for the award by Radhika over at the blog Deep as Thoughts. I tend not to participate in awards due to time constraints. I always appreciate being included though and always encourage you to check out the blogs in the post. So hop over and do that!

3) What’s been going on this week?

DUDE! Dude. Duuuude. This week man. It’s been a wild ride. I had my 35 week appointment. Little miss is doing great, and I’m trying to keep ALLLL the 3rd trimester self pity at bay. We also had back to school night and then the first day of school for BOTH of the kids! So many mama emotions. . .

 

 

4) What’s going on this weekend?

School clothes shopping. I didn’t shop during our state’s tax free weekend. I think I’d rather pay extra then try to shop in that circus. I also thought we were all stocked up on clothes for the kiddos. They’ve grown so much over the summer though that I’m going to need to round up a new wardrobe for them.

It’s not just about getting new clothes though. I’m going to have to go through their current clothes, figure out what needs to go, take inventory, and then shop. It’s going to be a whole thing. A whole thing I just did at the beginning of summer. I’m going to start by using a gift card I won to Rhea Lana’s Consignment Event and go from there.

5) Did you miss this post?

The 3rd Trimester Marathon .  . .

Almost there!

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6) What did my kids create?

A back to school song. My daughter wrote a song about going back to school. It’s actually one line that goes “We’re going baaaaaack to school” in variations of different voices and volumes. It’s funny because she’s starting PreK for the first time. So she’s not going “back” to school. She’s been singing this little ditty so much that I’ve actually heard her singing it in her sleep! I’m glad she’s excited about it.

Thanks for reading. How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?

– Lacey 

9 thoughts on “Week in Review 8/17/18

  1. I understand why you did, but I agree with you that it’s odd that you even thought about the idea that a neighbor would call CPS on you for allowing your kids to play in your own backyard. That does say something not so great about our society. Kids NEED to have some unsupervised play time to learn how to goof off on their own.

    Your daughter singing her little song in her sleep is the sweetest thing yet. That girl’s got it going on!

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    1. Thanks Ally, and the thing of it is there were tons of moms who felt that in the comments of where I saw this article posted. Like we are all scared to do anything because someone is going to take a picture or video and post it or call CPS for things that are pretty normal. It’s crazy.
      Haha it was so stinkin sweet, her singing in her sleep.
      What are you up to this weekend?

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      1. It’s pouring rain here. For days now. Our grass needs mowing, so if possible that’s our highest priority… which makes us about as boringly suburban as can be. Hope your weekend is more exciting than ours.

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      2. No no I get it. It’s the same here. It’s been raining off and on all week, and our backyard kinda resembles a jungle I’m scared to let the kids play in :/

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  2. there were so many times when my kids were younger, and to be honest even now that I worry that people will call and report me because I don’t helicopter parent. I think giving kids restricted freedom is a good thing not a bad thing. they will learn and grow

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  3. I completely agree that people are calling CPS for things that are just completely normal in parenting and have been for years. When my kids were in daycare a few years ago my younger daughter (she was 1 1/2 or 2 at the time) fell and hit her head on the door jam. She ended up with this HUGE bump on her head (like to the point where I took her the urgent care because I thought she might have a concussion) and I was completely terrified to take them to daycare because I thought they were going to think I was beating her or something and call CPS on me. Everyone told me I was crazy for even thinking it but they’re legally required to report suspected abuse and I don’t know, it was the worst bump I’ve ever seen on a child (and I have four).
    By the way, I just recently started following your blog and haven’t had a chance to really look around a whole lot yet but I really like how you do a recap of your week. It really gives you a chance to touch on things that aren’t necessarily worthy of a full post but you still want to share.

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    1. No I get it. I would have thought the same thing about the day care and the bump. It just takes one person. And I get people are looking out for kids, but it seems we’ve all become so hyper about everything.
      I followed back 🙂 I haven’t had a chance to look around yet, but I will.
      Thanks, about the Week in Review. It helps keep me semi consistent with blogging.

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      1. Yes, there is definitely an increase in people just blowing things majorly out of proportion. It really makes me wonder how anyone got by as parents when I was young. Things were so different 20 years ago.
        Thanks for following, I don’t have much up yet but I’m hoping to get myself more consistent with it. I just started looking around doing some reading and your site caught my eye. I’ll keep reading as you post.

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