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I think I am sort of the opposite: it was a relief for me when I found a group of homeschooling Catholics who made no apologies for the fact that the toddler showed up to events in pajamas or that the house wasn't perfect. Before that, I was setting the bar too high and wasn't able to enjoy my large family, chaos and all. That's not to say that I don't hate disorder - I prefer to have the house manageable and the kids bathed and dressed, beds made, etc. before 9 AM. But I learned not to beat myself up when that didn't happen.

And, if it makes you feel any better, it sounds to me that the teacher was just telling your daughter to take personal responsibility and not blame her mistakes on others, right? Or am I being too charitable there?


Hmmmm. I am a dependable person but only dependable to a very few circle of people. For the life of me, I have never figured out how to be actively involved with a myriad of things and be dependable and organized with all activities and work 50 hours outside of the home. Is this possible? Not for me. I use to have such high expectations for myself and continually berated myself for all that I could not be involved in and be well....dependable. I use to burn my candles at both ends but now I am burned out. I think I have decided to be dependable with taking care of myself so that maybe one day when the nest is empty and I can work part time hours I can still have my health that will enable me to be dependable and organized to others. I am ranting. God bless Carmen.

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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.