By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Thank you Menlo-Atherton High School for a fun evening yesterday. My three kids and I enjoyed decorating pumpkins, trick-or-treating classroom to classroom, throwing rings and bean bags, pinning the tail on a cat and fishing for ducks.
I expected trick-or-treat street
to give our kids great practice before trick-or-treating next week. I could remind them to smile, say “trick-or-treat” loudly, and then, after receiving candy, look at the person and say “thank you.”
Not only were the high schoolers extra understanding during this learning process, but last night turned into very important practice for me. Did I remember everyone’s candy bucket? All of the pieces of each costume? Did I take photos of each kid? Try to get a group shot? Did I remind our kids that we will trade most of the candy for a toy?
The only big hiccup we ran into was my toddler coveting her sister’s costume. Thankfully I have one week to figure out whether we need two matching outfits or if she will be satisfied with items from our dress up bin.