- Redbook | Moments Of Motherhood | Tue, Jan 31, 2012 11:52 AM EST | Comments
I'll admit it. When I read this intro to an essay titled "To the Mother With Only One Child" by Simcha Fisher, I fully expected it to be about moms with one child thinking because it's so easy for them to go shopping/make their kid behave/travel that it should be the same for those of us with more. I can't tell you how many times I've had someone say to me something like, "I don't understand why you think bedtime is hard, it's the most enjoyable hour of my day!" only to realize that they've only got one kid demanding their attention instead of the zoo at my house.
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But boy was I wrong! And I'm glad I was wrong. Fisher's essay goes on, "Don't say: 'Wow, you have nine kids? I thought it was hard with just my one!' " She compassionately answers the questioner saying, "My dear, it is hard. You're not being a wuss or a whiner when you feel like your life is hard. I know, because I remember having 'only on...Read More »
- By Ryan Soard | Yahoo! Contributor Network | Fri, Jan 27, 2012 12:25 PM EST | Comments
My son was only a couple of days old when we took this picture. I tried to tell myself that I would remember every moment, every coo, every time he opened his eyes and looked at me, as brief as it was when he first was born, but as I looked through some of the pictures again tonight, I realized that after only three short years that was just not going to be the case.
There are many things that I remember when I look at this picture. First, I remember being very dirty. I don't think my wife or I showered for SEVERAL days once we got home from the hospital. Secondly, I remember how awkward it was to hold him and try and turn the pages. This was the first time I read to my son outside of my wife's belly! Before, it was a lot easier to read to him when he was inside my wife who was sitting on the couch!
Most importantly, however, I remember something akin to closure, or a part of my life coming full circle. You see, this book is Bugs Bunny and The Carrot Machine. I have no idea how man...Read More »
- By Sarahlynne | Yahoo! Contributor Network | Fri, Jan 27, 2012 12:27 PM EST | Comments
The other night, I was rocking my son after story time and he relaxed his head on my shoulder and in slow breath, whispered, "happy, happy." It was just the two of us; there was no video camera to record that moment and no photo to capture the delicious coziness that radiated through me. If I had someone following me around with a camera, I would've whispered, "Take a picture! I'm going to want to remember this!" But, of course, that didn't happen, and instead I folded that memory into hundreds of others that are only a blurry vision of the last year and a half.
I do take pictures, of course, but I feel like I'm always five seconds too late. Especially with a toddler, it's so hard to capture that one perfect second. His expression changes; his body is different. It's so fast. I blinked and he's almost two. Where did all those days go? I have images of him as a challenging 10 year old and of an introverted teen. I want to be fully present, in each day of my life. I don't always tak...Read More »
- Diane Mizota, Host Of This Week In M.o.m. | Moments Of Motherhood | Thu, Jan 26, 2012 3:47 PM EST | Comments...Read More »
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine Staff | Moments Of Motherhood | Thu, Jan 26, 2012 1:37 PM EST | CommentsBoth of my boys love to cook...just like their mama. Whether it's helping with dinner, baking cookies or frosting a cake, they are front and center. It's wonderful to see them in the kitchen, of course, but I've also used our baking activities as a way to work with them on math skills (fractions), reading and the basics of following instructions. And when I sense they're having an off day, I've learned that it's easy to get to the root of their funk by starting a baking project together. While we're gathering ingredients and mixing things up, we talk.
Turn your child into a baker!
If you love baking and are eager to have your kids join you in the kitchen, these 10 tips are for you:
-Invite your kids to be in the kitchen with you so they can watch you bake. Start with a simple, tasty recipe or activity. Need some starter ideas? Try healthy breakfast cookies. Draw on cookies. Make mini cupcakes. Whip up no-knead bread or basic pizza dough.
-Ask them to help you with simple tasks (e.g., "Can you mix this batter?...Read More »
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