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Mommy Madness

by bkhoury on February 11, 2011

The past few days I have become caught up in what I like to call the All-or-Nothing Syndrome.  Somehow I convinced myself I need to make Thomas the Train cupcakes for school for Will’s birthday, have a huge party with all the trappings on the weekend, plan a trip to the children’s museum and make elaborate homemade valentines for V-day.  I’m getting heart palpitations again just writing this!

Then, I spoke with my mom.  She made all our holidays and birthdays so extra special - at least that’s how I remember it.  I asked her how she did it.  My mom actually felt SHE didn’t do enough.  Then it dawned on me that kids are just as happy with the little (and simple) gestures as they are the elaborate (and often expensive) ones.  Will is perfectly happy making valentines out of construction paper and crayons as making complicated concoctions to disperse to a bunch of 3 year olds.  I mean let’s be realistic.  All they are going to care about at this age is the possibility of a treat inside. 

With all the talk about the Tiger Mother these past few weeks, I’m going to try to breathe and look at these special days through my child’s eyes.  Will loves nothing more than making heart shaped pancakes with me and scribbling on a piece of pink paper as a gesture of love.  So I’ll stick to my heart pizzas and kiddie cocktails and try to soak it all in before it’s all gone.  May your household be full of love this Valentine’s Day.

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