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Ask Madeleine Monday Vol. 3

Questions are in and so are the answers!  If you haven’t checked it out before, Madeleine is my just-turned-4-year-old daughter.  She loves answering your questions.  Submit them on our FB page! Send them in using the “contact” button.  Whatever works!
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I’m wondering what Madeleine thinks about Mondays. Also, what was the best thing she ate this weekend?
Madeleine: They are very good.  Also, speeds and blankets.  (giggle) I made that joke up.  I don’t know. [You don’t know anything good you ate?] No.
Thoughts from Stinky-Old-Mom:  We are still working on joke telling.  She has her audience nailed though.  She can crack up her friends.  It’s too advanced for me.  I still prefer the appropriately timed fart joke.
Any advice for activities to keep us busy as we face the long summer ahead?
Madeleine: Play outside. Freeze-tag. Flips.
Madeleine, how do I keep work and play balanced?
Madeleine: Just do it. [Do what?] Just do what you do. You have to keep stuff normal. It comes in handy.
Thoughts from Stinky-Old-Mom: “Just do it” is one of Madeleine’s favorite responses.  She hears it a lot. She’s alwasy right, though.  Just do it. Keep it normal.  Whatever normal is for you.  It does come in handy.  When we live outside of our norm too long we always feel off.  Too much play gives me anxiety.  I feel obligations piling up on my shoulders and it makes the play less fun.  Too much work? Same thing. For me, I have to plan for work. It’s less traditional and much more successful for me than planning play or “me time.”  Try planning for the opposite of what you would normally! For example, do you have to pencil in time for yourself?  Try planning specific work times instead.  See if it works for you and report back.  We’d be interested to know if that is a useful tip!
 Madeleine, I left my career to go back to school full time two years ago. I am getting ready to graduate this year and definitely want to change careers. I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do, but sometimes I freak out and think – what if i hate it!? So, here is my question: What do you do if you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Additionally, do YOU know what you want to be when you grow up?
Madeleine: You can be a princess!  But I still don’t know what I want.  I’m thinking right now with my eyes open. [What do you want to be?]  I want to be a princess to, just like her. We can both do it.  I can wear a pink dress and she can wear a purple dress. No, she can have the pink dress and I can have the purple dress.
Thoughts from Stinky-Old-Mom: Good question. I am particularly interested in Madeleine’s comment about thinking with her eyes open…
Don’t be scared.  So what if you start something and hate it?  Just change it.  Your education and your job do not always have to coordinate. I know it is easier said than done.  But I have done it.  One thing I appreciate about always having done things “the right way” is that I never feel bad about trying things differently.  The “right way” didn’t have anything in store for me.  There are 1,000 ways.  You just have to think with your eyes open.  And you can wear what ever color dress you want!
Madeleine is four years old. Currently, she is working on roll-overs [somersaults].  She enjoys “pink dancing,” playing, and baking.  She lives in Florida with her parents, little sister, and her dog, Belle. 


  1. Lindsay /

    Omg, how did i not think of a career as a princess?? She’s so wise.
    Love the ‘thinking with (your) eyes open’ – definitely has a point there.
    Great advice, Madeleine and Stinky-Old-Mom!

    • Jennette Cronk /

      Glad it helped! There are pre-requisites needed for being a princess: kindness, strength, love, sense of responsibility, etc. If you take a look at yourself, you are half-way to the crown as we speak! There should be more princesses in the world…

  2. Such a wise 4 yr old. She gives great advice!

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