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Can Life Be Simple For Moms? Nope!

So moms, how in the heck do you do it all?

If you're like me your day involves a wild frenzy of finding shoes, brushing hair, wiping syrup off faces, packing snacks, breaking up fights, reading books, finding the time to squeeze in a shower for yourself, and oh yeah...working!  And then we have to find time for relationships and grocery shopping and laundry and getting our eyebrows waxed.  When people ask us how we do it all, our best answer is, "I don't know!"  Somehow it's all set in motion and it just happens and we are along for the ride, doing our best to steer the ship.

Here's some advice that I ran across on simplifying your life as a mom, and also why I think it won't work!

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Jen Austin Facebook
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Here’s How To Get The Kids To Do What You Want

 

Sometimes my kids don't listen.  I KNOW!!  It's hard to accept the fact that kids have minds of their own, stubborn streaks, and little pint-sized power assertions that make them tell a mother no. Perhaps you can relate.

But this may help us.  

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Starting Something New

If you've been listening to Mix 106 this week, you've probably noticed we've made a few small changes.  Jen Austin has moved from afternoons to 10am-3pm and I am the new guy on from 3pm-7pm.

I'm new to the Treasure Valley, and along with my wife and our 5 year-old son Colton, have just moved to Meridian

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Photo by Jen Austin
Photo by Jen Austin
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Anyone Else Have A Kid That Naps At The Pool?

 

Being the third kid is exhausting!  Do you have a child that wants to go, go, go all the time, but can't keep up?

My youngest daughter Piper tries to keep up with her sisters, but can't do it and has been falling asleep in odd places this summer.  That pic is what happens when Piper goes to the pool.

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Kids Are Silly

Kids can be cute sometimes.  Mine broke out into an impromptu performance of "Who Let The Dogs Out" the other day, and I have no idea where they learned this song! Don't blame me.

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Jen Austin's daughter Kallan
Jen Austin's daughter Kallan
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Kids! Mama Got Roped Into Getting Another Pet.

Kids always want a pet it seems.  My three daughters seem to rotate the duty of asking for a new pet, even though we have a miniature schnauzer named Harry and he's a good boy and not in danger of losing his role in the family.  When I point out that we could just settle in and be content with Harry, they inevitably ask, "Ok, but when Harry dies, can we have a cat?"

I don't know whether to be upset, or just be thankful that they are forward-thinkers who are already planning for the future and setting lofty goals.  It's the little things.

I finally caved and bought a fish.  I too love aquatic life and supported the girls in their $4 decision to invest in Maddox the Betta.  But here's why I'm having pet regret.

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Jen Austin
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If You’re a Parent, You’ve Probably Said These Crazy Things Too

I like to make sense, stay grounded, and say practical things that make me seem like I have it all together.  I like to think I have at least a few answers. I don't always, but Mama likes to feel smart, right?

After I had kids, weird phrases started coming out of my mouth and I realized there's a lot I don't know.  In fact, "I don't know" is sometimes the best answer.

As a parent, have things come out of your mouth that you never imagined you'd say? Like, "Ring Pops aren't for breakfast,"  And "You're going to school!  You have to wear pants!"

I'm sure you parents will have some gems to add to this list.

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William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
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Kids Sure Can Talk You Into A Lot Of Crap At The Store!

You go to the grocery store with a list that you're going to stick to, and the next thing you know you've got a cart full of junk you don't need.  Because the kids talked you into it! Dang it!

I dropped the kindergartner off at school today and then stopped at the grocery store with the 4 and 2-year olds.  I ended up with extra cheese pizza, drinkable yogurt I hadn't planned on because they said, "Mama, it's healthy," and an Easter Egg coloring kit that was on sale for 99 cents.  Easter will not be over in our house.

It could have been much worse.  Here's what those sneaky kids tried to put in the cart, but I made them put it back.

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This Is Why God Made Kids Cute And Adorable…So You Can’t Spank Them

If you are like me, and have kids, you know that they don't always behave, but my wife and i have a saying.  "God made kids cute, so you can't spank them"  Even though you may want to some times.  This particular kid, who is 3 years old has a very independent streak.

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Elementary Kids Go Viral Covering Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

This just might put a smile on your face.  More proof that kids are cool!

Clap along if you feel like it's something you want to do.

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