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The New Kid

SJSA Fourth Grade - The Longest Year in My Life!

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I feel a little like the new kid in school today; pants a wee bit too short, last year’s shoes worn in the soles. If the teacher asked me to introduce myself, my face would flush pink and I’d worry that my West Virginia accent would show.

But here goes.

I am just beyond excited to be part of the team here at Babble. Sharing my words with a larger audience is really (pardon the cliché) a dream come true. For the past year, I’ve been blogging about parenting and writing at My 3 Little Birds. My blog is a series of reflections on Motherhood — not my experience, necessarily, but capital M Motherhood.

It’s your story that I write each day.

I encourage women to slow down. Back up. Soak it all in. Because this wild ride we’re all on? It’s not a race to the finish.

Thanks to blogging I’ve made so many great friends, learned so much about parenting, and defined some personal goals that have sent me on a new journey in life. I never knew that there was so much power in sharing our stories. The fact that I’m writing here is just another great surprise.

Here are my basics, in case you’re interested:

I’m a freelance writer and lover of reality television. I have a mild to moderate addiction to whole wheat Goldfish crackers. I’m a coffee snob, but I prefer cheap wine. After several years going to school and working in other parts of the country, I moved to my hometown, where my husband and I live with our three little birds (ages 8, 4, and 2).

Writing has always been my true passion, but I was a social worker until the birth of my daughter. I’ve worked full-time, part-time, been a stay-at-home mom, and now I work at home.

I’ve made difficult choices and struggled with the same things I’m sure many of you have: guilt, anxiety, competition with other moms, and a constant nagging sense that I’m not the mother I “should” be.

Oh, you too?

Here at Toddler Times, I’ll share my thoughts and experiences about a wide range of topics, including: speech and language delays, the emotional aspects of parenting, adoption and guardianship, fun activities to do with your toddler, sibling love, girly stuff, my princess problem, photography for the easily intimidated, crafts for the noncrafty, developing healthy self-esteem, communication, music and books we love, transitions, snack ideas, and so much more. Apparently I have a lot to say.

And this new school I’ve enrolled in? I like it already.

Will someone save me a seat at the lunch table?

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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