Manic Mondays – Or Figuring Out Parenting

Let’s be real, Manic Mondays seem to fit our life better after 2020. So, against my inner optimist, I’m going to transform my Motivational Mondays to something a little more honest, intimate, and hopefully useful. Over the course of the last thirteen years, I’ve been blessed with three precious children. Now, I constantly feel at odds, trying to be the parent each one needs.

My oldest loves creating her own little worlds and knows every specific intricate detail of them. Our middle child loves to learn and absorbs knowledge fast. Finally, there’s our youngest little dear who loves physical challenges and often showcases her fitness.

Manic Mondays Parenting Plan

In order to focus a bit on my own parenting strategy, I plan to use Manic Mondays to make my life slightly less manic.

Getting My Own House In Order

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7:3

Sitting in front of my computer and telling you all about how to parent seems like a fun idea. However, knowing that I need help parenting makes that feel like a less great idea. Instead, I’m going to simply record what I try, and what works with which of my wonderful children.

One Baby Step

I struggle with raising my voice. Between my chosen profession of Marine, and the countless hours I’ve spent training my voice, I can reasonably call my volume above average. Combining that with my children’s selective hearing makes peace seem impossible.

Sometimes, when the planets align, and my lucky stars all wink, my children listen to me the first time. Amazingly, these rare occurrences usually happen when I feel calm and collected. So, for my first baby step towards putting my own house in order, I plan to eliminate yelling from my parenting. I’ll be implementing this for the next seven days to see what happens and report next Monday.

Lessons Learned

Each week I’ll include a section to discuss the lessons I’ve learned from the previous week. This helps the Marines run efficiently, so why not my home.


  • Cree Dalene began writing in 2002, for a short story competition. Over the years, Cree developed a love for sharing ideas. Soon that included sharing other skills like cooking, fitness, and programming.

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