5 Motherhood Dos and Don'ts Gleaned From Home Alone's Kate McCallister

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If you were alive in 1990 and watched Home Alone almost every day for, say, six years after it came out like I did, I'm guessing you've seen it at least once since Thanksgiving. This is the first year I've watched it as a mom, and I was struck by some of the parenting decisions in a new way. I mean, I always knew I couldn't get away with saying something like "Hang up the phone and make me, why don't ya?" to my own mother, but this time I found myself questioning a handful of the more subtle mom moves that Kate McCallister makes. So here they are - my top five dos and don'ts gleaned from Home Alone's Kate McCallister. 

1: Don’t tell your child to repeat something you’ve just said you hope he doesn’t mean. It's easy to see why this could be confusing. 

2: Don’t trust one of your children to account for the rest of your (ELEVEN) children when embarking on international air travel. Even if said child is actually 25 years old.

3: Do pay attention when your spidey sense tells you that sitting in first class while your kids are in coach kind of makes you a heel. And then maybe go check to make sure all of your kids boarded the plane.

4: Do stay at the airport - even if it means you're separate from the rest of your family on Christmas Eve and don't sleep for 60 hours - in case you find a way to get back to your eight-year-old who you left at home alone in freaking Chicago.

5: Do communicate with the other members of your family who are trying to get home, in case it turns out you could catch a flight with the rest of them and arrive home 30 seconds later than you would have if you rode from Scranton to Chicago in the van with the polka king of the midwest.


Hey hey happy Friday! Two weeks from today we will be waking up on baby Abe's very first Christmas morning. I might be too excited to sleep for the next two weeks. Some of my favorite ladies came over to decorate Christmas cookies last night, so I ate cookies for breakfast. And tonight I get to go see The Nutcracker with one of my sisters! It's going to be a late night. I hope I don't fall asleep. I also hope you get to really rest this weekend, and that sometime in the next two weeks you have cookies for breakfast too. Here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!

Just because I think this is more important than that CNN video of all the Trump supporters (eyeroll emoji).

My baby brother sent me this and it made me cry.

And then I sent him this because he recently borrowed my copy of Tenth of December and made me the proudest big sister on Earth. 

And then my baby sister showed me this and I laughed and laughed.

"But when it was my turn to move something so divisive, and so important to me, out in front of voters, I did whatever I could to keep people from talking about it instead. I hid from it." Dang, somebody needs to introduce this Texan woman to Brené Brown.

This week I'm thankful for this and an introduction to that poem.

Playlist: Gift Wrapping Jams

It's no secret that I love listening to Christmas music. I usually start as soon as Halloween is over, even though it drives some of the people around me nuts. I do try to pace myself though, in order to fight Christmas music fatigue, because I don't ever want to not love Christmas music. So I made this (ten song, 30 minute) playlist of some of my Christmas favorites for listening while I wrap gifts, and I figured you might like it too.

Also, don't forget to enter my Christmas music giveaway! Only two more days! 


Good morning! Happy Friday! Look at how happy that little guy was to get his first glimpse of our Christmas tree. I think he's got his mama's appreciation for the holiday spirit. We've been busy making plans for baking cookies and throwing a party and having what will likely be the most fun Christmas yet. I can't wait. I'm also giving away a copy of the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, so be sure to let me know if you want one! You have until December 10. Here are some of the best things I've found on The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!  

I did not know about this until this morning. Star Wars shmar wars. 

This is super cool.

This is so so good.

I don't think anyone's ever gone to Casa Bonita because they were craving Mexican food.

"Before that, books about cooking largely admitted what every homemaker knew to be true: that feeding people was backbreaking work, and then you died." This is so true.

This is fantastic.

This is heartbreaking and infuriating and incredibly well reported.