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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Son Called Me Mean

By Meg Hodson

You hear people say it often...."I want my kids to like me....". Well, the obvious answer to this is "yes", of course you want your children to like you. But then they freak out, they spill their milk, they write on the wall, they do something crazy that makes you INSANE. You, as a parent, are put in a position to discipline, reprimand, instruct. Sometimes this is an easy process, sometimes not. 

If your kids listen and respond quickly, great; guidance given and you move on. But we all know in reality that happens about 2% of the time. The other 98% involves varying levels of loudness and tone in your voice, intensifying levels of you pulling your hair, all possibly leading to you, as a parent, losing it. 



If you're a parent, ANY parent, you've been there, done that. We raise our voices, we yell, we stomp our feet. Well, this was me recently with my youngest son, age 7. He's a boy, he has an older brother, and they often end in knock down throw downs or some other sort of mischief. They are boys. I get that. But sometimes it is taken too far and intervention is necessary. 

I had to resort to raising my voice recently. It's not that I wanted to, in my heart of hearts I felt I needed to. And then my youngest, my sweet boy who still snuggles with me every night (not all night mind you, just a few hours) uttered these words--you're mean. I hated hearing it. You're mean. It wasn't like him at all. He is constantly giving me hugs and is polite and says "thank you" for everything. But in this moment, he even stormed off for a bit. I wasn't feeling guilty, yet I still felt off. 

And that feeling has stuck with me the two months or so it has taken me to write this post. I was compelled to finish this post tonight. One thing I have learned as a parent is that kids thrive on structure---whether that is sleeping in the same bed every night, sticking to a schedule, or having boundaries, structure is healthy. So, I viewed this reprimanding as part of that structure. Although my son stormed off and we might have both hated that moment in time, we are better for it now. 

How do I know? He still comes in and snuggles every night and tells me how much he loves me.
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Recap of Marvel Universe Live In Portland

By Meg Hodson

I was compensated for this post in exchange for promoting Marvel Universe Live. All opinions remain 100% my own.

My ears and eyes might still be recovering ever so slightly from the spectacle that was Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon this weekend. From the swirling light show, blazing fire, firework-like special effects, and the roar of motorcycles, this show was definitely exciting. My husband joined me, as well as my children. My 7 year old son especially loved it. I also have a 10 year old son, and it seemed like he was maybe the only boy his age in attendance! So, I was unsure if this might not be something he would like. But rest assured, he enjoyed it thoroughly, too.

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon

All of your favorite Avengers were in attendance: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America. A few special guests, such as Spiderman and Wolverine added to the show. Their goal was to stop Thor's brother, Loki, from his evil plan of combining three fractals to gain supreme power in the hopes of ruling the world. Did Loki succeed? Not at all. But it wasn't without a tough fight from your favorite Marvel characters. 

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon

Taking on villains like Loki, Red Skull, and the Green Goblin, among others, was no small task. But your brave Marvel superheroes fought hard and succeeded! Whether they were chasing villains on motorcycles or trying to fight them on the Statue of Liberty, the live action was fun and entertaining, especially after intermission. That's when the show really started to pick up. My 7 year old couldn't sit still and was on the edge of his seat.

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon


Tickets still remain for the final set of shows on Sunday, March 6th, at the Moda Center. For ticket information, click here.

Marvel Universe Live at the Moda Center Portland,Oregon



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Monday, February 29, 2016

Marvel Universe Live Hits Portland, Oregon!

By Meg Hodson

I was compensated for this post in exchange for promoting Marvel Universe Live. All opinions remain 100% my own.

Things are about to get VERY exciting in Portland, Oregon when your favorite Marvel characters invade the Moda Center  for Marvel Universe Live!


My family is so excited, particularly my boys. It was hard to contain my excitement when I told my boys we would get to go! Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new groundbreaking level, with a mind-blowing stunt show unlike anything experienced before! Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) plus menacing villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza debuting in the Pacific Northwest for the first time ever playing March 3rd  – 6th at the Moda Center. You do not want to miss them their first time in Portland!


I mean, who wouldn't want to see your favorite superheroes taking the stage and performing for you? it is sure to be a show you do not want to miss. Tickets are very reasonable, starting at $15 for kids. Good news! 


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