Embarrassing confession: More often than not, my car looks like a cross between a school's lost and found, a recycling bin and the land of misfit toys…with crumbs sprinkled on top. My kids and I affectionately refer to it as "the junk bus." (My husband, a neat-car freak, does not think this is funny.) I mean the car itself is nice enough—a spacious 2008 SUV—but the inside is, well…. Before I wrote this post, I took inventory of what was floating around in there: Alex's baseball glove, a soccer ball, dirty socks (his and hers), a few dollar bills, a few school projects, half-opened junk mail, a pumpkin, a baby doll, one of those Hallmark stuffed, singing snowmen things that my three-year-old daughter found in our garage (I love Christmas so hearing her lispy rendition ofRead More »from My Most Embarrassing Mom Trait
- .We all think we're going to be a certain type of mother and then we have kids and reality hits hard and our ideal versions of ourselves go out the window. In my case, they went out of the window of my very messy car.
There are plenty of not-so-fun aspects of pregnancy: Morning sickness, swollen feet, weight gain. And then there's the dreaded "tummy rub," a common gesture from a well-meaning friend, family member, or co-worker who just can’t resist rubbing the woman's stomach. One expectant mother in Pennsylvania is standing up to unwanted rubs by charging a man with harassment after he touched her stomach without consent.Read More »from Pregnant Woman Files Charges Over Belly Rubbing
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Early birth? Yes, please! I would've LOVED to shave off those last few weeks of pregnancy. Aren't those the most uncomfortable weeks of your life? 38? 39? 40? Gulp, 41? You're huge, you're puffy, you're tired, tired, tired. With my first daughter, I remember being shocked that my body could actually achieve that shape. Practically horizontal!
I'm a lucky pregnant person though. Through three pregnancies, I've never had a complication. I don't really even get morning sickness. But with all that good fortune, those last few weeks were still torture. I just couldn't get comfortable no matter how I arranged my gigantic self. Have you ever tried to watch a movie at 39 weeks? I'd flop myself down on the sofa and attempt to relax. With a body pillow. Without. Using small pillows instead. Throwing small pillows across the room. Nothing seemed to work at that stage.
Then a friend of mine got pregnant. She told me that since her firstRead More »from Why OB-GYNs Are Not in Favor of Early Births
On Twitter earlier this month, there was a trending topic of #ThingsYouNeverWantToHear. Of course, on Twitter it's mostly stuff like, "Wake up, it's time to get ready for school," and "Blurred Lines on the radio, ever again."
I do sympathize with that last one.
For moms, the list is a little different. Here are the top 10 things that as a mom, I dread hearing:
10. "I wet the bed." That's what my kid says. What I actually hear is, "Mommy, I made you another couple loads of laundry. Also now can I sleep in your bed and whack you with my incredibly bony knees and elbows for the next six hours?"
9. "I forgot, I have to make a diorama and it's tomorrow." This is always said at 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday. Also, it's always a diorama. Always.
8. "Hello, this is the Vice Principal." This one is dicey. It might be something good. I feel pretty bad for our vice principal. It seems like every once in a while he gets to make an upbeat phone call; one time I got a call that one of myRead More »from Top 10 Things Moms NEVER Want to Hear
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
From an early age, boys are encouraged to "act like a man," "man up," "tough it out," or "suck it up." These expectations give boys a very narrow view of masculinity. I grew up in a single parent household, and people always told me that I was the man of the house and should behave accordingly. However, I had no idea what that meant. I had a steep learning curve and picked many of the wrong lessons by watching older men and boys in my neighborhood. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I encountered more positive images of manhood and masculinity. Now, I work with young boys to help them cope with their own masculinity. Many of them are confused and have distorted views on what it means to be a man. But there is hope, and it starts with parents. It's crucial for parents to offer their sons a more holistic view of masculinity. Here are 7 things parents must teach their boys about masculinity. -By Frederick J. GoodallRead More »from 7 Things Parents Need to Teach Their Sons About Masculinity
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:04 PM EDT
Yesterday was one of those days. The exhausting kind filled with toddler cliche moments that I had really only seen "other people's kids" engage in up to this point. It was a day that left me feeling like I am so ill-equipped for this toddler business.
The basic gist was that while out shopping for pajamas with my daughter, Fern decided to go all terrible twos on me and run like a banshee through the store while pulling clothes off the racks and tables. I tried to hold her, and she just tried to launch herself out of my arms in typical toddler fashion. And when I tried to hold her hand, she flopped herself on the ground. Not a pretty sight.
When I got home later that day, I texted a friend who was my co-teacher back in my preschool teaching days. She has two children of her own now - the oldest is four - so she's been at this parenting business a while longer than I have. I have always admired her calm and gentle approach with children, so I wanted to find out if she had goneRead More »from Want to Be More Patient with Your Kids? Just Pretend They Aren't Yours!
- Barbie"Are we doing the right thing?" I asked my husband the night before our daughter's sixth birthday, as I wrapped her present. "Or is this doll going to give her an eating disorder?"
"You know it's not that simple," my husband replied, for the third or fourth time that night.
"She's just so skinny," I complained, frowning at the doll in the box. "And I don't like the way she sticks her butt out so suggestively."
"We've given this a lot of thought, and at the end of the day, it's just a doll," he assured me.
I've never had a problem with my daughter playing with dolls; she's been playing with Barbies since she entered the princess phase in preschool. Sure, I wondered what kind of impact playing with such impossibly perfect-looking dolls would have on her body image. I tried to throw an "I can be President" Barbie into the mix when I could, but I was a hard-core Barbie-lover myself as a kid, and really, dolls areRead More »from Why I Bought My 6-Year-Old Daughter a Sexy Doll
I'm pretty sure the day the first parents were placed on this earth, they never intended to be the best. They did what they had to do - protect and care for their children the best way they knew how.
Once the population grew and more and more parents inhabited the earth, I'm guessing they weren't all too concerned with one-upping each other. You know, on account of survival and everything.
Can you imagine? "My kid's spear is sharper than yours!" "Oh yeah? My kid can lift a boulder three times his weight!" Maybe it happened. I dunno. All I do know is that competition in parenting is hurting our children.
It's no secret that there are people in life who need to win, and not necessarily because they want you to lose; they just need to win more. And sadly, this need to win translates to parenting.
Sure, there are non-competitive parents who are winning every day. Like that dad who freaked out with excitement over his son's math grade? Winner. Or that dad who built an amazingRead More »from How Competitive Parents Are Hurting Their Kids
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Inexpensive high chairs may lack the sleek and modern design of some luxury high chairs, but the best ones offer comfort and safety without a price that makes you feel like throwing food against the wall. They are easy to use and may actually have more amenities than pricier models. The budget high chairs recommended here cost $80 or less and were selected by Cheapism.com based on their affordability, features, and reviews by experts and consumers.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association certifies high chairs that meet certain specifications and have been tested against a set of safety standards. Before purchasing a high chair, look for the "JPMA Certified" seal. Parents can opt for even more safety features than the certification mandates. For instance, one standard is a three-point harness thatRead More »from Best High Chairs with Low Prices
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