developmental stages

On Recognizing Kids As Fully Human – Single Mum, Parents Article

This meme knows my life. Real talk: I’m not a morning person. Matter of fact, most mornings I’m cranky as hell.  Also, I’m cranky when I don’t get enough sleep. Or when I’m home and want to take a nap, but can’t. Or when someone in my house wakes me up from a nap. Or when I’m hungry. Hangry.  Or when I think things are stupid, but I have to do them anyway. (That makes me really cranky.) And you…

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Mommy Delicious: Special – Single Mum, Parents Article

August has an Autism diagnosis. There. I said it.  Out loud. It actually feels like a relief to write it here because now I can normalize it in public. Whew! By the time he turned 1 ½, I had a hunch that there was something special about August. I’ve written about it on the Mommy Delicious Facebook page before. I’d been reading books to him, speaking to him, and doing all the activities that I did with Aiden with him… but…

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There’s No Easy Phase of Parenting – Single Mum, Parents Article

I remember when Aiden was younger and I had to do everything for him. Feed him, bathe him, change his diaper, entertain him… you get the drift. There were days that I was so exhausted that I couldn’t wait until he got older. To me, Aiden getting older meant that he would be able to do so many things for himself. And parenting would become easier. Well, guess what? Aiden is older now. Homeboy’s eleven. He’s much more independent than…

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Mommy Delicious: This is Eleven – Single Mum, Parents Article

Aiden: Ugh! I don’t want to. Ugh! No! Me: You don’t wanna follow directions? Fine. Bedtime. Aiden: Okay, okay! I’m sorry, I’m sorry! I’ll listen. Eleven is backtalk and mini tantrums and everything being a biggest deal ever. Eleven is me learning how to deal with these pre-teen hormones while raising a free black boy who owns his feelings while raising a kind and respectful and responsible human. Eleven is Aiden wanting space, together. Eleven is him wanting to watch…

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Why I Know I’m Getting This Motherhood Thing Right – Single Mum, Parents Article

Because I know I’m not perfect and I know that I mess some things up. Just check last week’s post about all the things I do wrong in this Motherhood game. (Yes, the “M” should be capital. Always.)Because I’m hella intentional and hella calculated and hella reflective about my parenting practices. And I’m always trying to be better tomorrow than I am today.Because I’ve learned that meditation and “Me Time” is so important to my mental health. And I allow…

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