independent kids

Being parent is messy, hard, rewarding, exhausting, exhilarating, overwhelming, lovely, funny, and really, really great. I write about my parenting journey here on Red Shutters for two reasons. First, I hope, by writing about the twists and turns my life has taken since my son and daughter were born, I can figure it all out (you know, life, motherhood, my kids, and everything in between!). Second, I hope these stories resonate with you, my readers. I hope you find something familiar in them, and maybe even my tales help out on your journey. Or at least I hope they make you laugh.

On this page, I’m sharing a few of my many posts about being a mom and parenting in your 40s. Read on and enjoy.

Parenting Dilemmas

The Struggle to Raise Independent Kids

Mean Kids 


The New Witching Hour


First Parenting Lesson of 2014

3 Things I Learned from Having the Flu

Managing Expectations

Welcome to 8

Business Travel and Family

My Parenting Fail


Strategies for Promoting the Sexual Safety of Children

How to Stay Sane

Sharing Books with My Kids

3 Things I’m Doing This Holiday Season


I Forgot My Kid at School

Getting Ready for Kindergarten – check out my series here

6 Lessons from Being a Field Trip Chaperone

Should You Join the PTA?

Time to Make the Lunches


And Now You are Six

She is 5

And Now You are Four

G is 3!

My baby is 2!

Read more of my parenting posts here.