Have your kids ever had a teacher who loves to talk about herself? This mom got so fed up with her daughter's kindergarten teacher that she had to write her an anonymous letter!
Dear Kindergarten Teacher who Over-Shares,
I know you love your students, and they love you, too, but they're not your friends and circle time isn't Girls' Night Out.
The thing is, they're five. So they really don't need to know that you're getting contacts and on the lookout for a boyfriend. (Or that you don't already HAVE a boyfriend thanks to that bad date you had last weekend.) They don't need to hear about where you want to go on vacation or how much you can't wait to go spend your paycheck on a new dress. You can pretty much stick with "B says 'buh'," and they're getting all the gossip need from you.
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And all while we're at it: I'm not interested, either. Don't tell me about your menstrual cramps when I drop my daughter off. And let's
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Have your kids ever had a teacher who loves to talk about herself? This mom got so fed up with her daughter's kindergarten teacher that she had to write her an anonymous letter!Read More »from Note to Kindergarten Teacher: Stick to Teaching!
What do you think about kids who swear? This mom knows a family that lets their kids swear as much as they want -- as long as they're at home. But it can be a big problem when friends come over and start picking up some of those four-letter words. This mom wrote an anonymous letter to vent her frustration over the issue:Read More »from Don't Let Your Kid Swear Around My Kid!
Dear Mom of the Bleepin' Potty Mouth,
My son loves hanging out with your son, but when he comes home from a play date at your house he's got a whole new vocabulary, and we're not talking SAT words.
It shocked me when my 7-year-old came home and dropped the f-bomb after I asked him to do his homework. My goody two-shoes thinks "heck" is a swear word that will send you straight to h-e-double hockey sticks! So I asked him "where did you hear the F-word?" and he told me your son is allowed to curse as much as he wants to at home, as long as he doesn't when he's in school.
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- ParentsConnect | Parenting – Mon, Mar 7, 2011 5:22 PM EST
Good ole Charlie may be a few crayons short of a box, but his entertaining rants make for some WINNING baby name picks!
There's no denying that Charlie Sheen seems to have totally lost his crackers. In the past week, he has visited every major media outlet, talking about the cancellation of "Two and a Half Men" and his resulting "new life philosophies."1. Winning (alt. Winston, Winnifred, Winnie) Want your child to be a winner like Charlie Sheen? Bake it right into the name!
Sheen's strange rants have already coined enough catch-phrases to last a lifetime-so why not let them inspire your baby name? These colorful words are perfect for "Vatican warlock assassins" and Major League fans alike! Check them out:
2. Poetry (alt. Poesy, Lyric, Melody) Charlie Sheen says he has "poetry in [his] fingertips. This is most of the time, including naps." Perfect for baby!
3. Gnarls (alt. Twist, f-- an, Knute) Sheen's alter-ego's name is actually synonymous with "knotty"-ideal for raisingRead More »from Top 10 Baby Names Inspired by Charlie Sheen's Rants
OK, I have the benefit of hindsight. I'll admit that off the bat. But I really can't stand first-time moms. It seems so unsupportive, I know. I just think first-time moms should support each other and not expect us second-time moms (who, by the way, are truly sleep-deprived) to talk to them for a while. It's not their fault. It's just that first-time moms don't realize the luxury of taking care of only one child-especially a newborn.Read More »from Mom Confession: I Can't Stand First-Time Moms!
The other day, I was at the park, resplendent in my sweats and unwashed hair, juggling my infant and my 3-year old while a playgroup gathered next to our table. They were obviously first-time moms as evidenced by their clean and decidedly hip outfits, and the fact that they appeared to have showered. They had clearly read the instruction manuals on buying baby gear. They had it all-BabyBjörns, slings, high-end strollers, ERGO backpacks, diaper bags bursting with paraphernalia and (my favorite) a perfectly packed picnic lunch. They ogled each other's
I have a confession: I love TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics be darned, I let my kids watch as much TV as they want.Read More »from Mom Confession: I Let My Kids Watch Lots of TV!
The two hours every weekday morning that my preschoolers are anchored in front of the set is the only time of the day I can get something done without fear of the dog getting a haircut or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ending smeared on my laptop.
I started as one of those impossibly idealistic parents who swore her children would never watch television. Finger-painting and algebra flashcards would fill my progeny's days; homemade puppets and needlepoint would provide their entertainment.
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My resolution lasted all the way until the first month of my second pregnancy. In a fatigue-and-nausea-induced moment of weakness, I acquiesced and allowed my son to watch "educational" programming. I had my first uninterrupted nap in two years. By the time my second child was a toddler, I had recanted
Before I had kids, I had a mouth like a sailor. I embarrassed frat guys with my swear words and expletives, and I dropped the F-bomb with alarming regularity.Read More »from Mom Confession: I Swear in Front of My Kids!
When my babies came, I figured I'd start tapering my bad language, so that by the time they were old enough to start learning to talk-and repeat everything I said-I'd be prim and proper. OK, maybe not prim, but at least proper enough not to mortify the other mommies at playgroup.
By some stroke of luck, my kids never became repeaters. Somehow they managed to learn how to communicate without mimicking my every word. So the need to cut back on the cursing never really presented itself. So I never bothered. And now I won't apologize for it.
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If you come into my home on any given day, you'll find me yelling "Damn it" when I drop a plate or wondering who the hell the left the milk on the counter. I also say s**t regularly, though these days, I typically
Don't hate me, but I don't like your kids! Don't take it personally. I don't really like any kids -- except for my own.When my girlfriend calls to ask me to babysit her kids, I always silently cringe. It's not that they're holy terrors. They're actually great, well-behaved kids. It's not that I'm busy or otherwise engaged. The truth is, I just don't like other people's kids.
Before I became a mom, I wasn't a big fan of children. I found them loud, mostly smelly, often annoying, dirty little under-your-feet creatures. It wasn't that I could take them or leave them; I could leave them all-in a heartbeat.
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Then I had my own kids and I thought for sure things would change. And they did. I love my own kids to bits. I'm happy to spend time with them reading, playing, or just hanging around the house. But that doesn't mean I want to hang out with other people's kids.
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The first time you walk into a baby store can be totally and utterly overwhelming. The strollers! The cribs! The baby shoes! What to buy? Before you plunk down your card for that combination wipes-warmer/clock radio, check out these essential baby gear recommendations:Read More »from 7 Essential Baby Items to Make Life Easier
1. A Plastic Bathtub
Sure, you can bathe your baby in the kitchen sink, but it's rather cumbersome, and you'll probably spend as much time worrying about bumping your baby's head on the tap as actually washing the baby.
2. A High Chair
Your baby's going to need someplace to sit when she's mastering the art of eating solid food (and flinging it all over the walls). Look for a model with a broad base (for added stability), an easy-to-use T-harness, a footrest and a seat back high enough to support baby's head. The tray should be easy to remove for cleaning and it should have a deep lip designed to help contain spills.
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3. A Baby Gate
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Do your relatives and friends sometimes second-guess your parenting decisions? This mom is tired of having everyone question her decision to let her baby use a pacifier. To let off some steam, she wrote an anonymous letter to her family that she doesn't plan on sending. Here's what she wrote...
Dear Aunt, Sister, Mom, and Everyone Else,
I know that you don't think my son needs his pacifier and that you're worried that it might delay his development. I appreciate your concern and I love that you want the best for my son. But at the end of the day he is MY son. I am the one who has to try and comfort him when he is upset, in pain, or too tired to be able to sleep.Don't Call My Kid Shy!
What's so bad about a pacifier anyway? His binky soothes him and he's quite attached to it. When he's got his binky in his mouth he doesn't try to eat paper and mud and cables for the computer and television.
My family thinks it's time to break the pacifier habit, but I'm not soRead More »from Leave My Baby's Binky Alone!
- ParentsConnect | Parenting – Fri, Feb 18, 2011 5:29 PM EST
Babysitter, check. Reservations, check. Alone time with your husband (finally), check. Now that you have time away from the kids, don't spend the whole night talking about them!Read More »from 12 Things to Talk About On Date Night (Besides the Kids!)
Talk about yourselves, your lives, your passions. If you're like us, you're a little bit rusty at that so here are some conversation topics to inspire you that have nothing to do with sleep schedules or soccer practice...and have everything to do with you and him.
It's time you had some quality time together where you weren't discussing diapers, bottles or laundry.
Having a regular "date night" can help strengthen your bond and spark the romance!
Here are 12 great Date Night Topics:
1. Your Goals
Talking about your goals goes beyond your to-do lists. What do you each want to accomplish as individuals? As parents? As professionals? Reconnect on your hopes and dreams for the future and make a plan to work with one another to make them a reality.
2. Your Childhoods
You know what it was like for your partner