You're at the mall and you see a kid having a five-alarm meltdown over a bag of M&Ms. Do you shake your head and judge the mom for not keeping her kid in check or do you just thank your lucky stars it isn't you in the hot seat?
It may be human nature to judge, but keep in mind that you may not know the whole story. Did you ever think that the mom may be suffering from Postpartum Depression? Or the kids may have special needs? Or perhaps they're just having a really rough day.
Blogger Stacy of Midlife Army Wife knows what it's like to get nasty looks when her kid acts out in public. People don't realize that Stacy's 6-year-old daughter has Asperger's Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD.
So when Stacy saw a mom desperately trying to deal with her autistic son's outburst while paying at the supermarket, she could relate. Instead of giving the other mom the evil eye, Stacy spoke up and told the mom she was doing an awesome job.
Do Your Childless Friends Drive You Crazy?
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- ParentsConnect | Parenting – Thu, Jan 27, 2011 4:06 PM EST
You're at the mall and you see a kid having a five-alarm meltdown over a bag of M&Ms. Do you shake your head and judge the mom for not keeping her kid in check or do you just thank your lucky stars it isn't you in the hot seat?Read More »from Do You Judge Other Moms When Their Kids Misbehave?
Once you had kids you didn't stop having fun. But without a doubt, your lifestyle changed in a pretty dramatic way. The sad part is that friends without kids can't always understand the "new you."Read More »from Do Your Childless Friends Drive You Crazy?
One mom recently wrote an anonymous letter to her friends without children pleading for a little understanding. Can you relate? Read her letter and see:
To All My Friends Who Don't Have Children,
I love you, I promise I do, but please stretch your minds a little and try and think of what it's like to be in my position. No, I can't take a vacation for a week without my kids, just to hang out with you. I can't take a detour during a car trip an hour out of my way with screaming children just so we can sit in your not-safe-for-kids house so you don't have to get dressed and meet us at a diner.
Read One Mom's Letter of Thanks to Her Husband
I can't go out drinking on Ladies Night at your favorite bar, because my husband works the next morning, so I can't be hungover-I have children to care
Calling all Gleeks! Your favorite show is helping shape the face of baby naming!
We paired our very own name nerds with our TV-obsessed "Glee" geeks to uncover which "Glee" names rank tops ... and which ones get a big ole slushie in the face! Check 'em out!
Obnoxious songstress Rachel Berry may not be the most popular member of McKinley High's glee club, but her name has been popular for ages. The name Rachel-which means "ewe"-is currently the 90th most popular girls' name in the U.S. and has been consistently popular throughout history.Finn
Our quarterback and choirboy hero has a name as sweet as his face. Finn Hudson's first name showed up on the SSA's Top 1,000 list in 2000 and currently hits a high note on the charts at #343.Quinn
Head Cheerio Quinn Fabray has had a rocky road as a pregnant teen who was pushed out of the limelight, but as she's busy climbing her way back up the social ladder, she's helping the name QuinnRead More »from Top 12 â€œGleeâ€ Baby Names for Gleeks
Let's all take a moment to appreciate our helpful husbands!
My Dear Husband,
I haven't told my girlfriends what I'm about to tell you because I am afraid they'll hate me if they knew the truth about you. You cook. You clean. You even change the kitty litter. And when one of our kids throws up in the middle of the night, you happily (ok, not happily) clean up the barf.
Listening to my girlfriends gripe about how their hubbies never help around the house and spend their weekends glued to whatever game is on TV, I don't have the heart to tell them that you don't watch sports at all. You're too busy folding laundry and mopping!
Read this letter of thanks to this mom's spanxRead More »from Dear Husband, I Appreciate You
I don't want to rub it in and tell them that I never had to beg you to change a diaper or clean a sippy cup. While their husbands were diaper-dodging, you did it without even being asked.
Thanks for not caring that I don't (err, can't...) cook and for not complaining when I leave dirty dishes in the sink or
You've conquered so many challenges in your parenting life, but there is still a bit of unfinished business that can bring you and your toddler to tears. Potty training! Luckily, there's an app for that-turn frustrating into fun with these potty training apps.
I Love Potty Training [iPhone]
Well worth the $2.99, this app's jam-packed with interactive eBooks, a progress tracker and a Potty Drop game where kids can try to catch TP in a toilet (it's cuter than it sounds!)
Potty Stats [Droid]
This mom-made app keeps track of your kid's daily potty successes, and even adds up the dollars you've saved on diapers.
My Potty Chart [iPhone]
If your kids love reward stickers, they'll get a kick out of this app. It lets them pick stamps (hearts, stars or checkmarks) each time they go.
Pull-Ups iGo Potty [iPhone]
This app is free (!) and filled with fun stuff
- I Love Potty Training [iPhone]
OK, maybe it's "just a cold," but when snot, sneezes and coughs are taking over your house, there's no "just" about it. Unfortunately, there's no real cure for the common cold, but there are things you can do to make your kids (and yourself!) more comfy 'til it's over. Serve Soup
Your Granny was right. Chicken soup makes you feel better! It moves congestion around and has an anti-inflammatory effect. We don't really get how, but doctors say it's true so we're buying it. Note: Canned soup works just as well as homemade!Gargle
Sore throat in the mix? Mix a half teaspoon of salt into warm water and teach your kid how to gargle. He'll be so thrilled with his new skill (spitting without getting in trouble, what could be better?), it'll be no problem to get him to do it a few times a day.Run a Hot Bath
The warm water increases blood flow in the body and removes invisible cold virus germs to keep the rest of the house healthy. (Baths aren't just for filthy kids and stressed-outRead More »from 8 Home Remedies for the Common Cold
Let's all take a moment to appreciate our shapewear!
I just wanted to write and let you know that I'm thinking about you. And, well ... I think I love you.
Never has an item of clothing made me feel so perfect, so secure, so smooth. You're strong and reliable, and virtually invisible under even my tightest fitting skirts. Other people may not always know you're there-but I do.
Check out this Mom's letter to her breastsRead More »from An Ode to My Spanx
Spanx, you've stuck with me (and, in the summer, to me), through thick and thin, through muffin top and saddle bags.
Remember my first post-college interview? When I couldn't pull my one designated "interview dress" over my cheap-beer-and-junk-food-logged behind? You were there for me, and hey-I think you just might have gotten me that job.
Remember when I cried because I couldn't button my then "fat jeans"? You held me tight, smoothed the situation over, and turned a no-pants-to-wear-emergency into a fantastic evening out with the gals.
From Parents Connect - Forget sympathy weight, this mama's annoyed that her hubs is LOSING weight while she's gaining it during pregnancy!
Dear Husband,Read More »from Stop Losing Weight While Iâ€™m Pregnant
Thanks a lot for LOSING weight while I'm bulking up like a beached whale! Since I have to do all the hard work of carrying our child, the least you could do was gain some sympathy pounds while I'm pregnant!
But nooo, instead your waistline is benefiting from MY efforts to keep the fridge stocked with healthy foods, the pantry cleared out of sugary snacks and a nutritious balanced meal on the table every night. And while I've already gained a whopping 35 pounds (with plenty of weeks of gaining to go!), you've actually lost a ton of weight.
So don't bother "supporting" me by changing your eating habits during this pregnancy. Go ahead and have a couple beers! Buy yourself a Snickers or two. Heck, order a pizza! Because watching you gleefully hammer a new hole in your belt and clap your hands at the number on the bathroom
From ParentsConnect - With as little sleep as your kid seems to be getting, you'd think that he'd be tired and grumpy (you sure are!). Take back the night and send your little night owl straight to z-land with these easy sleep tips.
We know you've heard a trazillion times to keep your kid's sleep routine consistent, but here's a trazillion and one: Keep your kid's sleep routine consistent. Make sure your kid goes to bed at the same time every night-and has a soothing routine that gets him there.2. Partake
We know you've heard that a warm glass of milk packs a sleep-inducing punch, but did you know that bananas, turkey, peanuts and yogurt are also loaded with sleep-triggering tryptophan? Serve up a small tryptophan-rich snack about 30 minutes before bed and your kid will be sleepy and full at bedtime.
Help your kid relax by adding some calming lavender-scentedRead More »from Top 10 Kid Sleeping Tips
From ParentsConnect - A whole slew of celebrities are pregnant and they're not shy about sharing! Pink told the world on Ellen, Rachel Zoe Tweeted her good news, while Real Housewife Kim Zolciak went the tabloid mag route.Capture the Moment on Film
Waiting to make your big announcement at a family get-together or holiday? Gather the group for a family picture and instead of telling them to say "cheese," say "I'm pregnant," and be ready to snap some shots of the reactions.Create a Cover Story
Paste a pic of your head onto a pregnant celebrity's bod on the cover or "baby bump" section of a celebrity gossip mag and add the headline "Look who was just spotted with a baby bump!" Leave the mag open on the family coffee table, in your mother's mailbox or in the lunchroom of your office.
Walk around with a baby bottle sticking out of your tote bag, or a diaper sticking out of your purse-and waitRead More »from 10 Great Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy