Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


Can’t we all just get along!

You know I didn’t realize sibling rivalry would already have started when the youngest is only 15 months old but it sure has! My almost 4 year old daughter will follow Caelum around the house taking whatever he picks up and tries to play with. She is generally a very sweet loving little girl but there’s just something about siblings that I think is bred in us telling us we must annoy one another!

There are various ways of dealing with this: Ignoring, punishing, separating… etc..

I’ve decided that I don’t want to yell and be angry I try my best each day to remain calm no matter what occurs. I don’t want them to be ‘punished’ or ‘in trouble’ and I don’t want to give them each separate toys so they never learn to share.This opens up a larger discussion for the differences between punishment and discipline.

I find myself disciplining my kids for things that they are doing simply because they are kids and haven’t been taught otherwise. I have to remind myself before I become angry and go towards punishment to first do some gentle teaching. It can be hard some times to do that but I feel it’s important. Now I do believe there are many times where punishment is definitely called for!

Do you find there is a line between teaching and discipline?

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