It also reiterates the fact that they're no longer our little babes, which is a topic I've been banned from writing about it. Seriously, after exploring how moms of boys feel they'll one day leave them for another woman and contemplating what to do when your tween actually pays attention to you, I've literally been given a writing restraining order - imposed by mothers who can't stop sobbing ... and giggling … and giggling while sobbing, which is never a pretty sight. Rather than waxing poetic about how our little ones are becoming tweens, I will simply list theRead More »from 31 Signs Your Baby Boy is Officially a Tween
Blog Posts by Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle
- When did it happen???It feels like my little boy become a tween over night. One night he was asking me to tuck him in and the next night he was asking me to knock before entering. Tweenhood is an interesting time - a time of acclimating to the social mores of tween/teen culture, learning which hair products work best, which headphones are the most comfortable, and feeling like a total loser (whether you've got tons of friends or none at all).
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 6:26 PM ESTV-Day AwkwardnessThis is still one of my favorite V-Day moments (awkwardness, inappropriateness, and fear for my reputation aside).
On February 14th a few years back, Ry, my daughter, then 5 years old, trotted into my room to wish me a happy Valentine's Day, to hand me a stunning hand-made card, and to neck.
Sure, they tell you not to make-out with your kids, but sometimes there's a fine line between so cute and so scary.
What parent doesn't secretly love it when their child says they want to marry them (assuming they're too young for marriage at the time)? I mean, for how many more years are they going to want to hug, snuggle, or hold hands?
"This card is sooo beautiful. Come give Mommy a kiss," I said in a very innocent non-romantic way.
Ry, maybe wanting to show me the magnitude of the holiday, grabbed my face with both hands and planted the biggest soap opera smooch on me. I started to giggleRead More »from Soap Opera Smooches with a 5 Year Old and Other Awkward V-Day Moments with the Kids
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 3:25 PM EST
What have you asked?Lately, I've found myself gauging my sanity by asking a lot of "Is it just me?" questions and by making lists of mom similarities (like, our universal Momisms) -- all in an attempt to make sure I'm not crazy and I'm not alone. Last week, I asked my Facebook Fans if it's wrong for the "Tooth Fairy" to steal money from one kid to pay the other?
(PS The answer was a resounding "No," which I think means I can use that money to pay for food delivery as well, right?)
The truth is, there's a slew of questions every mom will ask herself at least once, or daily. Here are just a few...Read More »from 24 Unexpected Questions Every Mom Asks Herself at Some Point
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Jan 31, 2014 4:18 PM ESTWe Moms Can Spot You a Mile Away
After getting such an amazing response on my "40 Signs You're a Mom" list, it dawned on me that those folks who don't have kids yet or don't want them have some pretty distinctive qualities of their own. Qualities that give us seasoned parents a chuckle at the mere thought of, like, not finding it a triumph to have an uninterrupted visit to the bathroom. Bwahahaha. Hahahah. Haha. Ha.
That said, here are 30 signs you are NOT a parent.
1. People still call you by your actual name.
2. You don't have to look at anyone else's poop.
3. You don't sneak vegetables into your recipes like meatloaf, smoothies, brownies -- you just eat them.4. You don't go to bed wondering how many times you'll be woken up before morning.
5. Your house is clean.
6. You don't sound like your mother.
7. You probably don't know every sound that every animal makes and there's no urgency to learn. (PS: a donkey goes bray, did you know that?)Read More »from 30 Signs You Are NOT a Parent (As Listed by a Mom)
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Jan 17, 2014 2:47 PM EST
Us Moms Can't Be Trusted, Huh?I'm just gonna come right out and say it. Moms lie! We do --and frankly a fast thinking fib can be the difference between a good night's sleep and being sent to padded room. You see, mothers are a brilliantly dishonest bunch. And deception is one of the strongest tools in our arsenal (well, until your children figure out how to look things up on Google, that is).
Of course we fabricate things in different ways. There are the universal terms and phrases, which I laid out in my list, "Momisms - What We Really Mean" -- and there are the incredibly creative lies that we tell to prevent a meltdown, an argument or simply to give us a moment of peace and a brief reprieve.
Here are some lies I've told my kids to save sanity, furniture, face, time, and money... (PS there are a few sprinkled in from my amazing Facebook Fans, who are creative and unscrupulous -- I love that about them.)
1. They don't give you ketchup at drive-thrus.
2. The lunch lady calls me when you don't eat yourRead More »from 18 Creative Lies Moms Tell Their Kids to Stay Sane
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Dec 27, 2013 6:13 PM ESTJenEcards
I'm so tired of looking back at the resolutions of the past year and realizing they lasted no longer than a week, which is why this year, my resolutions for 2014 are way less ambitious.
1. Eat More Carbs
Screw gluten free, I'm going to add carbs and gluten to my diet with reckless abandon. Yep, I'll start each meal with a generous helping of bread and rolls onto which I will spread an obnoxious amount of butter. I'll stuff food into my mouth with such fervor it'll make other diners uncomfortable to watch. I also vow to eat everything à la mode, including ice cream.
2. Forget an Old Language
This year, not only am I not going to learn a new language, I'm going to let my brain atrophy to forget the one I already know. I'll watch endless episodes of Adventure Time and Regular Show. I'll quit doing crosswords and speaking in complete sentences. I'll break all grammatical rules: I will misplace modifiers, dangle participles and end sentences in prepositions. I willRead More »from 12 Awesomely Ridiculous Resolutions I Can Actually Keep
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 3:50 PM ESTThe Suburban Jungle.com
With winter break around the corner, I thought I would share some of my flight issues, because if you're a nervous flyer, you'll totally get them and maybe they'll ease the nerves (or make them worse, I really can't say) but a little insanity solidarity can't hurt.
On my most recent trip, I was alone (which I rarely am) the airline had "open seating." Which basically means you get an assigned boarding number (like at a deli counter) and you must fend for yourself and your family/companions from there.
As I walked the aisle, I quickly assessed my potential row-mates. Had they recently showered? Would they take initiative in an emergency? Are they so young that they're in diapers? Are they so old that I may need to resuscitate them during the flight? These are important observations, and because there's not enough time for a formal interview, they need to be assessed on the fly (pun intended).Read More »from For the Upcoming Break - a Nervous Flyers List of the Most Annoying Things About Air Travel
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 5:27 PM EST
I'm aware that living in South Florida, has its perks. Our kids can play outdoors all year round. Our spring/summer wardrobe can be extensive and therefore chicer than most people's spring/summer wardrobes, and one could do an outdoor hot yoga class 2/3rds of the year ….
Plus, I love being able to mention the weather to my Northern friends for the sole purpose of making them jealous. However, there's one time of year when I'm truly bitter that I live in a season-less paradise of outdoor fun, and that's wintertime. I haven't seen snow on Christmas for well, about a decade.
Growing up in the North, there was nothing like the joy of waking up to a layer of snow. I recall running to the frosted windows in the back of my house to see one of my favorite sites, a fresh white blanket perfectly tucking in the houses and the fences and the play-sets in my neighborhood. It would always shimmer in the morning like it was enhanced or photoshopped. Next, I would run to the windows thatRead More »from I Miss the Smell of Snow - a Floridian Gets Nostalgic - Wanna Trade?
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 3:21 PM EST
JenEcards Jenny From the Blog
At a party last weekend, I got stuck with "That Mom." You know, the mom you dread seeing at birthday parties, Starbucks, school functions, PTA meetings ... the park? There are lots of "those moms", which is why I've written this handy list of the most annoying moms I've come across -- and how to deal with them. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be able to circumvent their traps or at least make yourself disappear faster than David Copperfield at a One Direction concert (I don't have insider info on whether David Copperfield dislikes One Direction in concert … I just imagine he wouldn't want to be there).
1. PMS Pam: Talking with this "depress-fest" is more sobering than watching an aged Gary Busey perform live. Her weighty chit chat will include talk of diseases that could strike at any time, children who were poisoned by school lunches, and Botox gone horribly, irreversibly wrong. After a few short minutes, you'll be sucked into an abyss of worry and despair that will haveRead More »from The 10 Most Annoying Moms - How Many of Them Have You Encountered?
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 4:40 PM ESTNon-traditional things I'm thankful for
Yesterday, I was sent a group email asking me to name one thing I'm thankful for that isn't cliche or traditional like: "my family," "food on the table," etc. Other moms on the email tree were coming back with beautiful sentiments about new friendships, the help of strangers, and averting disasters.
I didn't respond because everything I thought of seemed trite, superficial, and a tad less profound. However, I did write a list, and frankly, I'll share it with you because these things totally deserve thanks in my book -- just refrain from saying them around the dinner table.
1. I am thankful that I keep a pair of tweezers in my car.
2. I am thankful my daughter has not lost faith in the tooth fairy, and my son goes along with it.
3. I am thankful for the dimmer switch in my bedroom.
4. I am thankful sweetner packets can be used as makeshift floss - in a pinch.
5. I am thankful I didn't start a Meth Lab after binge watching Breaking Bad (it was tempting).
6. I amRead More »from 20 Things I'm Embarrassed to Admit I'm Thankful for - Even Though I Am