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Attitudes

When I was a young girl, I pouted too much. 30 years later, I probably still do. Since I had my children, though, I’ve made a consistent effort to be more optimistic.  

I never thought I’d be a stay-at-home mom, but that’s what I became when I was laid off from my job as a high school English teacher back in 2009. I was worried about the isolation of taking care of two small children throughout the day, the lack of financial resources, and my creative brain turning to mud. Staying home with kids seemed to require a particular kind of talent that I didn’t have.

But I gave myself an attitude adjustment, threw myself into play-dates and story-times and afternoon naps. I started this blog in January of 2010, and it has been a lifeline for me, an opportunity to connect with other mothers and pursue my passion for writing.

This blog is about the joys and trials of my experiences in motherhood, womanhood and writing-hood. Feel free to comment and share your own.

Adjusting Attitudes All Around….

Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, February 2012.

Runner up in the Philadelphia Stories Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction. “Igloo” published in Philadelphia Stories, fall 2012.

 

Newsworks.org, WHYY

“Seeing through Another’s Eyes….” (March 2013)

“If Oscars Are a Feminist Call to Arms, Blame Hollywood, Not Seth MacFarlane” (February 2013)

“Are the Obamas Closet Quakers?” (September 2012)

“Why We Prayed” (syndicated September 2012)

 

Friends Journal, interviews with authors:

Susan Cain, author of Quiet (September 2012)

Mark Sundeen, author of The Man Who Quit Money (October 2013)

Thomas Hamm, author of Quaker Writings 1650-1920 (February 2013)

Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow (February 2013)

Ashley Merryman, co-author of Nurtureshock (April 2013)

 

Friends Journal articles:

“Finding Peace” (September 2012)

“Teaching Gratitude” (January 2013)

 

A BlogHer Voice of the Year 2011 in the Category of Perspectives, “Women in Aprons” (also Freshly Pressed from WordPress on December 9, 2009)

Syndicated on BlogHer:

A Good Hard Look Is Too Pretty” (book review)

“Blogging Creates a Space of One’s Own”

Parenting Decisions, Feminism, and the Stay-at-Home Mom

Momversation Fresh Voice: Fresh Intellect: An Attitude Adjustment

On Babble.com:

“Moment of Truth”

“My VBAC Success Story”

“Mom Secrets”

“Ten Worst Toddler Books”

“Pregnancy Tips for First-Time Moms”

 

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Ameena September 29, 2010 at 4:30 am

I think my mother told me I needed an attitude adjustment more times than I can remember. Can I send my 5-year-old to you for an adjustment?? :)

And my God I can relate to going stir-crazy at home! I had to go get a job to find some peace and quiet. It’s been 5 years and I haven’t looked back. I admire you for finding the patience to stay home – it certainly is the hardest job in the world!!

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Jana September 29, 2010 at 7:27 am

Hi Ameena! I do wonder if I’ll end up telling my kids they need an attitude adjustment. The blog has taken over the phrase so much for me that I don’t know if I can do it without kicking myself. As far as staying home, I’ve decided to treat it like a job: some days are good, some days are bad. But my part-time job is as a teacher, so that’s not always much of an escape. (Though I love my students.)

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bepositivelyhappy December 1, 2010 at 8:14 am

Love your blog. Refreshing. My blog is actually a log of my attitude adjustment in the process.. day by day.. it is me trying to be positive and happy & gracious AS A SLIGHTLY INSANE STAY AT HOME MUM!.. anyway – likeminded we are in many ways… Check me out at http://www.bepositivelyhappy.com Cheers, Rach

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Shayna December 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I’m a mom to a daughter and have loved each day of raising her, though I may not have enjoyed each minute of it. Now, we are living out a new phase in our lives together. She has entered her teen years, and I have returned to work. We have moved to TN from AZ and life is a new adventure every day.

Keep up the great writing!

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Kate December 10, 2010 at 1:38 am

Wow, this is lovely. Congratulations on being completely relatable. When I read your About section, it feels like a thread from my world. And isn’t it so much easier with just one? If only I knew then the tricks I’ve cultivated now, I’d have had double the time and energy. Check me out if you’d like, at perpetuallynesting.com. I’m just getting started, but your words resonate. Thank you so much. It feels a little more breathable to know you exist.

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Morocco December 10, 2010 at 7:40 am

Hi,

We have a lot in common Jana! I am also an English teacher and a mother of two. Not to mention, when I was college, there was a girl in my teaching cohort named Jana!

I look forward to reading your blog.

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Booksphotographsandartwork December 10, 2010 at 8:13 am

I still need an atittude adjustment a lot! I have a naturally down turned mouth and the other day as I got into the backseat of the car with my grandson he asked me why I looked angry. I said, I’m not angry thats just how my face looks. I was born that way. Sad but true. In school people would sometimes ask why I had been crying.

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Colleen December 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

Hi Jana,

Congrats on FP with a great post! You have given me an idea. First, I feel for you and other young moms. I was there with my kids in the 80s and 90s when the new food revolution was just starting, still a seedling, but the guilt pill was beginning its choke hold. Only now, the things I was told to feed my babies (LOTS of cheese and juices, which I did) is now a no-no because of obesity. Moms just can’t win!

Second thought: My new blog is about weightloss with dis-abilites. I am now including Motherhood as a possible dis-ability for some! I’ll post about it in a few days and give reference to you who sparked the idea.

Thanks. And try, try, try not to sweat the cultural expectations. The kids will be OK! Colleen

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Jane Greer April 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Jana, like you, I teach writing part-time at a community college and earn most of my living freelancing for business clients. I’m writing a book about the tangled relationship between poetry and prayer (my coauthor is Mike Aquilina, http://www.mikeaquilina.com/). My lone book of poetry was published in 1986. Unlike you, I’ll turn 58 next month. Anyway, I wanted to tell you that your writing really grabs me. You’re good. Really good. I’ll be visiting here often.

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Jana May 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Jane,
Thank you so much for this. I didn’t get back to you right away, but your comment has stuck with me. I really appreciate your encouragement!

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Nancy Davis Kho September 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Wow – we DO have a lot of common intersections, don’t we – thank you so much for stopping by to read the blog! I noticed you just read “A Visit From The Goon Squad” – I did that, with a “Super Sad True Love Story” by Gary Shteyngart chaser, and I almost expired from dystopian depression. Thank god for Foster The People and Guster tracks to keep me cheery. Looking forward to reading your blog going forward!

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Tami October 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I am contemplating becoming a SAHM but still doing some part time work. However my one question is how to keep my children socially interactive while staying at home. I know we can go to play groups and such, but I feel they will miss out if I take them out of daycare everyday. They also need time away from Mom! My children would be under 1 year and 3 years old, with a 3rd one eventually on the way!

How do you make sure they have enough time with other kids or do you?

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Carlene March 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back down the road. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great posts, have a nice holiday weekend!

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Rachel July 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

This is cool that you’ve had so much success with your blog. I’ve had almost none, so I’m always a bit impressed/jealous of people who have a following.

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