Hi, I’m Corinne…

 

I’m a Mom. A Wife. A Dog Mom. Blogger. Freelancer. Writer. Coffee Enthusiast. Mediocre Cook. Terrible Baker. To-do List Master. Wannabe Minimalist, Beach and Flip Flop Wearing California Girl Living in a Land-Locked Colorado.

 

My kids are nearly six (twins, T and J) and two (T), (sorry, I chose not to say names for privacy reasons.) I also have two dogs – they’re the best – that think they’re 90lb lap dogs. All together, with the kids and dogs, our home is crazy, full of love, crumbs and dog hair!

 

I love being a Stay at Home Mom but also enjoy freelancing and working on the side, which I do it in small doses now. After years of trying to “have it all,” but only finding myself exhausted and experiencing Mom burnout, I had to make changes to be a better Mom and a happier person.

 

Now, I do less, say “No” more, never over-schedule our family and find ways to live with more joy.

 

Raising three awesome kids in a positive way and working my best to guide them as they grow, I’m on a journey of being a good Mom and making our family life, the best life!

 

THERE IS NO MANUAL FOR BEING A PARENT

 

It is normal to feel like you’re failing.
It’s normal to question everything you’re doing as wrong or not working.
It’s normal to having feelings of being burnout on motherhood.
It’s normal to be insanely in love and then being frustrated and irritated with your kids the next.
It’s normal to cry at night and be racked with guilt.
It’s normal to want alone time when you’re an Introverted Mom but helpless because you don’t have it.
It’s normal to look at pictures of your kids and feel your heart want to burst.
It’s normal to laugh at the insane reason your kid just had a tantrum.
It’s normal to search Google and Pinterest for “how to __________,” every day.
It’s normal to think you’re screwing up your kid.

But here’s the thing… you aren’t.

You’re a good Mom.
You’re a good Dad.
You’re a good Parent.
You’re trying your best.
You love your child.
There is no manual for being a parent.
We’re all in this together. This parenthood thing. This life thing.
Choose kindness, choose patience, choose to be positive.

 

WHY THIS JOURNEY…

 

I didn’t have a positive childhood growing up. My parents were there… but not emotionally available and my mother is at the root of my struggle to be comfortable with the person I am and overcome my own negative self-talk.

 

My childhood had pockets of good times, but was mostly filled with loneliness, fear, anxiety, and negative emotions that are created from living in an emotionally abusive environment.

 

No child should have to overcome a childhood but that’s what I work hard to do everyday. I don’t write these things for sympathy, but to speak about how difficult it is to break a cycle of what you we innately know about being a parent and the road to being who we want to be. Because sometimes these are two different things.

 

I’m on this parenting journey for the first time – like every parent – but I don’t have a measuring stick from my own mother on how to be a great Mom. I use a lot of practical information to make informed decisions about how I want to raise my children.

 

Nothing is more important to me, than raising my children in a positive environment. Love is at the center of everything our family does; how to speak to one another and treat each other.

 

Children deserve to be praised, encouraged through life’s lessons, given the tools to learn and grow, feel comfortable expressing their feelings, be empowered and confident growing into the adults they want to be.

 

The way we parent is a choice. Choose to be kind and learn to pause before you say or do something that will affect your child forever.

 

 

NO JUDGEMENT ZONE 

 

This is not a site for “controversial” topics such as breastfeeding and vaccinations. I support the choice you make for your family and your children. Those choices you make are between you and your doctor and your family.

 

Parenting is hard enough, there are so many different opinions as to what is “right” but how you parent is always a matter of choice. This isn’t a place to bash or bicker with others who feel one way or another. This site offers helpful and smart information so you can take what you want from it, apply it to your own family and situation and share your wins.

 

I’d love to connect with you. Feel free to email me at corinne @ thepragmaticparent (dot) com.

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I’m Corinne, a Mom to three active little kids, including twins. I love coffee at any time of the day, believe afternoon naps are essential, am working hard at creating a meditation practice and filing our family life with experiences, not things.
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