Exercising patience with my kids is always a New Year’s resolution of mine. Actually, I guess I shouldn’t call it a resolution; it’s more of an intention. I want to be more patient. I want to be the mom that calmly corrects her children in a loving tone. I don’t want to lose my shit mind after listening to them fight endlessly. I don’t want to get frustrated when whining becomes the only language they speak. But despite my efforts, patience gets lost in the chaos, and once I find my sanity again, I recommit to being more patient.

While I do want to be more patient day to day, what I’ve come to realize is that I need to see the bigger picture. I’m at the point in parenting where kids will fight, kids will whine, and kids will be crazy, loud, and unpredictable. I need to have patience and know that someday this won’t be the case. I’m not going to remind you all to “cherish these moments” or anything like that, because, honestly, sometimes it’s too hard to see past the madness. But I do find a glimmer of hope in knowing that this season will soon pass. Sure, another one will be right around the corner, but I’m not going to worry about that just yet. Whatever season you’re in, I hope you can find some patience, too.

This time of year can certainly test anyone’s patience, so in this issue you’ll find some ideas to keep life entertaining while you wait for spring. We have crafts, snacks, and sights to see. Check out our feature on the Crayola Factory and the awesome snowmen you can find throughout Stroudsburg, thanks to GO Collaborative. And don’t forgot to pick up your heart-shaped pizza from Kasa’s on Valentine’s Day!

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the MeSee Kids Club! You can sign up by visiting our website and clicking “Join the Club.” There is no cost to join; just follow the link, complete the form, and we’ll send you all kinds of goodies, exclusively for club members – discounts, coupons, special information, exclusive events, and even some MeSee swag! You can read more about the Kids Club in this issue.

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Amanda & Kelly