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Kari Rains

Adventures in Parenting: A Pox on Both Your Houses

Adventures in Parenting: A Pox on Both Your Houses

This is one of my favorite lines from Shakespeare. Mercrutio  utters this during Romeo and Juliet, a favorite tragedy of mine. I like to drop this line when I am really frustrated and need to say bad words, but want to remain classy. I have known to use this phrase during sporting events, political discussions, arguments with The Big D, driving in traffic, and sometimes in everyday conflict. As I have lamented in previous posts, we are a very busy family. Like most other Americans with multiple children, we are often rushed to get from place to place just to...

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Kari Rains

Adventures in Parenting: All I Ever Wanted

Adventures in Parenting: All I Ever Wanted

Vacation. That’s all I ever wanted. I love traveling, not the packing and getting ready to leave part. The Little Rains Children would tell you I become possessed when faced with the daunting task of packing for five people. Spring break just drew to a close a few days ago. The Rains fam took off for a week (seven whole days) to go skiing in Colorado. We went with a group of 17 and had a fabulous time. In my former life, I was a collegiate athlete. Since aging and having babies, I am not the athlete I once was....

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Kari Rains

Adventures in Parenting: Embarrassment Thy Name is Mother

Adventures in Parenting: Embarrassment Thy Name is Mother

As I have stated previously and repetitively, I live to embarrass my children. I love awkward. Here is where I want to delineate the meaning of embarrassment versus humiliation. Those are two very different words. I do not live to humiliate the Little Rains Children. Embarrass and make them regret whatever they did to irritate me? Yes. Nick is especially sensitive to my being, well, myself. He reminds me how I am supposed to behave in public and what not to do and wear. Ella, does not take as much offense to my antics, she thinks I’m pretty funny. Natey?...

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Kari Rains

Adventures in Parenting: Judgy Mcjudgerson McGee

Adventures in Parenting: Judgy Mcjudgerson McGee

I need to apologize. So, here is a heart-felt apology from the bottom of my mom heart. I am sorry to all the mothers I judged before becoming a mother. It was wrong and I now realize my mistakes in thinking you were not doing the absolute best you were able to do. When I first started my career, fresh out of grad school, The Big D and I had just gotten married. We had yet to procreate and gift the world with the Little Rains children. I worked for Oklahoma’s Early Intervention Program called SoonerStart. My place was on a team of Occupational therapists,...

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