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Identity Crisis

I’ve been having a serious identity crisis lately. I started blogging as a parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, and  I thought I needed to keep that part of my life separate for some reason. So I created Muddy Monkeys (

But as I’ve been writing more and more, I’ve found myself feeling schizophrenic. The simple fact is that family life is family life,even mixed in with additional challenges. And so, after some soul searching, I’ve decided to integrate my life so that my experience is as authentic as possible. There’s no reason to compartmentalize who I am or who my family is. We just are.

So I will no longer write under Muddy Monkeys but under my original path — The Jenny Evolution ( Please join me there for the full story. And join The Jenny Evolution, because we never stop evolving as parents or as people.


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Hidden Pacifiers Keep Showing Up In My Home!

A pacifier

Pacifiers are a Godsend… until you decide to get rid of them.

Vman was born with a pacifier in his mouth. So when it was time to say goodbye, there were literally more than 40 pacifiers floating about the house.

In the beginning, we would find a stray in the travel diaper bag or behind the bed. As time passed, they appeared less and less.

Three years later, we had completely forgotten them. Pacifiers were just a remnant of a past life. Then Hbomb walked downstairs with a pacifier glued to his mouth.

“Where did you find that?” I demanded. “In your drawer,” he claimed. All I knew was the cease fire we had enjoyed was over.

Hbomb’s much older now so as he slept that night, I grabbed the paci and tossed it in the trash. I’m not proud. But sometimes a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do. In the morning, he didn’t mention the pacifier as if that sucker hadn’t shown its face in our house.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that was truly the last pacifier left in the house. But I’m not placing any bets on it.

MOUTH OFF: Where is the last place you found a pacifier? Or where is the strangest place you discovered one?

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Wanted! Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Children and Kids

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Christmas Ornaments 4 (Photo credit: Randy Son Of Robert)

Time to gather ideas for Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Children and Kids. Offered by Muddy Monkeys, this Linky is for sharing with your own community! So add your own homemade ornament and then pass on the list 🙂


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Confess Your Parenting Dirty Little Secrets!

Cover of "Confess"

Cover of Confess

Confess! We all have things we’re embarrassed to admit as parents. Now’s your chance to clear your conscience. The juicier the better! Confess — it’s all ANONYMOUS!


1. I send my kid to school without underwear because I just don’t want to do the laundry.


Video Games Can Help Your Marriage


XBox (Photo credit: Sheryl’s Boys)

You say you are sick of your husband playing Xbox all Friday night? Here’s how to turn his obsession to your advantage.

1. Uncover information. Men don’t like having deep conversations one on one. It makes them horribly uncomfortable. Women, on the other hand, eat this stuff up. It’s how we bond. You tell me something about you. Then I’ll tell you something about me.

When men play video games, however, they’re distracted. They’re busy thinking about their strategy for blowing up the other team (or how they’re getting their butt kicked online by a 14 year old). This distraction brings down their defenses. Now is the time to strike.

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Book Nook: The Busy Little Squirrel; Never Trust a Tiger

I have always been a bookworm. But now that I have kids, I spend more time reading with them than I do for myself. This week, the books we enjoyed include:

1. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
2.  Never Trust a Tiger: A Story from Korea (Animal Stories)retold by Lari Don, illustrated by Melanie Williamson

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