Tara Wood

Tara Wood


The Woodchips

The Woodchips

We welcomed our seventh child, a girl, into the fold in late June. It was a joyous occasion, as always, with all six of her siblings enamored and captivated within minutes of meeting her. *Record scratch*…all except one. Our four-year-old son, Ronan, has recognized little to no value in the existence of his last two […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Metro Augusta Parent writer Tara Wood and her husband, Garrett. On June 25, they added Marigold Alice, 5 pounds, 15 ounces, to their brood of six (now seven) and couldn’t be happier. And just in case you couldn’t tell, Tara wrote this before Marigold was born, so you should be safe […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

This is how the school year feels to me: First Day of School, Winter Break, Spring Break, Done. There’s the excitement and flurry of buying new jeans, sneakers, backpacks and filler paper, but then that gut punch feeling of looking-up-and-all-you-see-are-brake lights. That’s me realizing that I’m altogether responsible for filling my children’s waking hours with […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

I wasn’t always a laid-back parent. Once my husband and I became outnumbered by kids, my desire for order and control grew, too. I mean, if I let my guard down, I’d likely have a mutiny on my hands. I soon realized that I was becoming dictator-like. The kids needed to know who the boss […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

Recently, a friend and I were talking about how utterly sucky it is to listen to our children bicker with their brothers and sisters. “I can’t stay in the same room with the two of mine when they go at it,” she said “It must be awful for you with six of them fighting.” The […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

If you’d have been able to pry my attention away from the Jack Kerouac book or R.E.M cassette tape I was immersed in during my high school years to tell me that I would one day be a stay-at-home mom of six children, I’d have guffawed and blown cigarette smoke in your face. I’d have […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

It was the sudden but easy and charming way their friendship began that moved me the most. Our then 7-year-old daughter, Mia, walked toward the church altar Sunday after Sunday, arms folded in an “X” across her chest to receive her weekly blessing from our priest. I, always just behind her, noticed that she’d begun […]

That’ll Do, Kid, That’ll Do

That’ll Do, Kid, That’ll Do

I suppose it’s only natural for people to want to start off a new year with plans and goals and hopes and dreams. I get it. Particularly if life has served you a crap sandwich or you’d like a change of scenery. What better time to do it than at the dawn of a so […]

The Woodchips

The Woodchips

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like last Christmas was just, like, a week ago. I mean, I just deflated the damn penguin and snowman blow-up thingies in our front yard, stuffed them into trash bags and chunked them into the attic and now it’s time to drag them out again? What […]

Thanksgiving Warm and Fuzzies

Thanksgiving Warm and Fuzzies

I’ve decided to add a, perhaps somewhat unexpected, item to my ‘thankful list’ this year. It’s amazing timing that I was presented with the unlikely opportunity to recognize a bodily reaction that most of us take for granted yet is readily available to us when we need it most- at times of fear, surprise, excitement, […]