“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.” ~Mark Twain

This just happens to be one of my mom’s favorite quotes. Of course, she didn’t share it with me until I hit 21 and was pregnant with my first son. PARENT ‘HOOD can be hard, but also one of the most rewarding things in life.

Chris Ann and I happen to be in the midst of many stages of parenting…kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school and college. Yup! We have them in all ages and stages (except infancy and toddler…been there done that, 9 times over!) And we want to share a little more about that part of our journey with you…BUT, we want to hear your stories too!

So….drum roll please….we have teamed up with some other mamas, FriedOkra, Vita Familiae, To Think is To Create, Joy in this Journey, O My Family and Love Well. We are hosting a weekly synchroblog called PARENT ‘HOOD on Mondays.

Here’s the skinny:

*Write a post on anything to do with parenting, your tips, challenges, stories, memories, lists, photos, ins and outs and ups and downs. Use this as a writing prompt, if you will, to reflect, share and document your PARENT ‘HOOD journey.

*Link that post on Mondays through either LoveFeast Table, FriedOkra, Vita Familiae, To Think is to Create, Joy in this Journey, O My Family or Love Well. The link up will run Monday to the following Sunday and you can link your post up at any time throughout the week.

*Your post will automatically be linked to every site for tons of exposure and lots of fun!

*Then click on other’s posts, read, meet new friends and know you’re not in this PARENT ‘HOOD thing alone.

*Use #theparenthood on twitter to promote  your post.

Here’s a tip: Make sure when linking up your post, use the URL from the post, NOT the URL from your web site’s home page.

COMMUNITY~Being in the “Hood is all about knowing your neighbor and that you’re not alone in this journey. You may find you need someone who relates to your parenting challenges. You may need to celebrate what little Jimmy accomplished. Maybe you just want to read other mama’s stories and glean from what they’ve learned. We want the PARENT ‘HOOD to be a place where we encourage one another and make new and lasting friends.

Since this is week one, feel free to link up a past post you’ve written about your PARENT ‘HOOD. Then next week, get a fresh one ready and link up!

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Oh, and don’t forget to grab the badge. You can grab it here or right over there on our side bar. Feel free to invite your readers to join in! You know us, we like to have lots of people pull a chair up to the table.



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