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Then you might have a teenager suffer a trauma that causes late night muffled sobs, and you might get up to check, and you might climb into that teenager's bed to comfort them and fall asleep. I've heard that can be a thing that happens.


Last year at Christmas my husband and I discussed the fact that that Christmas may be the last one that we have together with all six of our children at one time. We had two that graduated from college and two moving to cities away from us to go to college. So its here and I am a basket case. My husband works a job that rquires him to be there on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Daughter#3 has to work on Christmas Eve and Daughter#4 that lives 5 hours away only gets off Christmas Day. We knew it would happen but it is just hard. I think back longly to the Christmas that our 11yr old twins woke us up at 6am baby brother in tow with the 4,5 and 7yr old on their heels!!

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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution, who never sleeps and drinks way too much coffee. She works from home as Social Media Programs Manager for SheKnows, and is the mom to six kids, most of whom play instruments, sing or dance and all of whom are much smarter than she will ever be. In other words, her house is never ever quiet or still. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she spends an awful lot of time second guessing herself and Dr. Googling, as well as learning to cook everything the family might like to eat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), sleeping, exploring coffee shops, photography, ballet class and cooking. She excels in being a smart mouth and has her major in sarcasm, with a dual minor in BS studies and avoiding laundry.