Blog Posts by MomFinds

  • Who Comes First: You or Your Kid?

    It's a tough question, right? I feel like most moms would initially be inclined to say their child, but I'm not so sure that's honest.

    Take J. Crew exec Jenna Lyons who's back in the news because she's divorcing her husband of 9 years. They have a kid together--need I remind you of the whole pink toe nails fiasco--but to make matters more complicated, Jenna has allegedly moved on with another woman.

    Now this isn't a judgment on Jenna's decision to get involved in a lesbian relationship--to each her own. But what effect do you think all of this will have on Jenna's son? Having your parents separate is hard enough, but to introduce another partner so quickly? It seems clear to me, in this case, that Jenna is thinking more about herself and less about her son.

    But I'm just as guilty. When I wasn't happy in the relationship with my daughter's dad, I tried to make it work for like a month. Some people would say that isn't enough--I should have stuck it out for my

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  • Being a Mom Is Great... Most of the Time

    Before you start criticizing me for being a bad mom, I really do love my daughter. And I love being her mom. We have so much fun together and watching her grow up and develop into her own person is so rewarding.

    All that being said, there are times when being a mom is, well, annoying. And really hard. Not that I would trade being a mother for anything, but as with most roles sometimes it just plain sucks. For example...

    1, When you're sick. My daughter had a cold last week, which means I have a cold this week. Normally, I'm fine with a little runny nose, but this cold is killing me. Body aches, sore throat, headache. I feel awful, but you know? I can't stop being mom. I just have to suck it up and take care of my little girl when all I really want to do is curl up in bed and sleep.

    2. When someone close dies. My daughter's grandmother passed away earlier this year, but she didn't really understand why she hadn't been around until a few weeks ago. She immediately

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  • 10 Things You Should Never Force Your Child to Do...

    I will admit, I haven't been parenting for very long, but I have learned some valuable lessons over the last three years. Before I had a child, I was convinced I would be a mother who ruled lovingly, but with an iron fist. What I say goes. To a certain extent, I do parent that way, but there are some things, I've learned, it's just not okay or healthy to force your child to do. Even if you think the result might be advantageous, take my advice: don't ever force your kid to do these things.

    1. Lie. Because lying is wrong, obviously. But also because if your kid thinks you think it's okay to lie to other people, that will definitely backfire on you at some point. And yup, your kid will have had so much practice at lying, you won't even know he/she is lying to you.

    2. Eat when they say they're not hungry. I know the doc says they need 3 square meals a day or 5 smaller meals plus some snacks, but really, every kid is different. And our bodies are designed to alert us when

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  • Selma Blair recently told US Weekly that her 3-month old baby, Arthur, "looks like a little turtle." Not the cutest thing to compare your pride and joy to, but at least she's keeping it real.

    See, when my 2-year old daughter was a baby, I thought she looked like Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. If you're not familiar with him, let's just say he's not Brad Pitt. In fact, that's a photo of him above with his glorious bald head and big buggy eyes.

    Maybe I was watching his show too much, but there were moments when I thought my daughter looked like his mini doppelganger. What do you think? They're both so cute and cuddly...LOL! She outgrew that look real quick, but I'm happy to say that some of Zimmern's adventurous traits have stuck. Girlfriend will eat anything and she loves to travel.

    What about your baby? Who or what did your child look like as a baby? Share in the comments below.


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  • 10 Things Every Parent Should Know Before Sending His/Her Kid to School...

    Last week, my daughter stayed with my parents for a few days while I was on a business trip. When I picked her up on Wednesday evening, she had an awful cold that she didn't have when I dropped her off. The culprit? She spent a few days at a daycare near my parents' house and one of those germy kids got her.

    I thought there was an unspoken rule, but apparently it needs reinforcing because whatever my daughter had was bad enough to put her out of commission for 5 days and now I have the bug, too. So before you send your child to daycare, preschool or any school for that matter, here are some unofficial operating rules.

    1. Don't send your kid to school sick! Because no matter how much you encourage your kid to wash his/her hands, he/she will still contaminate the whole class with those sick germs and that's just not fair. I'm a working mom just like you, but just because your kid is sick doesn't mean you should make everyone else's too.

    2. Teach your kid it's not okay

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  • Top 5 Funny Things My Kid Has Mispronounced

    I recently read an article about funny things that kids say, or more specifically, things they mispronounce. For example, one kid called pimples 'pinch balls' while another one swapped out the word lotion for 'oh sh-t'. Kids say the darndest things, don't they?

    My kids included. My son used to say some funny, sometimes naughty things when he was little. Let's just say if you didn't know him or understand what he was saying, you'd think he had a potty mouth. See for yourself.

    He was fascinated with Thomas the Train and friends, and one of his favorites was Percy, which he pronounced as 'p-ssy'. I can't tell you how embarrassing it was to walk down a toy store aisle with your kid screaming 'p-ssy…p-ssy' at the top of his lungs.

    He also loved clocks. You know where this is going. I just prayed that we wouldn't come across a Percy clock one day. Luckily, we never did.

    We were shopping for shirts one day and he says to me, "Mama, I want to take this hooker home." There Read More »from Top 5 Funny Things My Kid Has Mispronounced
  • 10 Must-Haves for New Moms You Won't (But Should) Find on a Baby Registry

    The amount of things you can add to your baby registry is astounding. From strollers and high chairs, to baby carriers and swaddle blankets, the list just goes on and on. But what about gifts for mom? Yes, a breastfeeding pillow is nice, but what about adding these 10 new mom must-haves to the list? Because happy mama = happy baby.

    1. Sunglasses. All those midnight feedings, diaper changes, and I'm-miserable-so-I'm-going-make-everyone-else-miserable kind of nights will take their toll on you. The easiest way to hide the evidence? Sunglasses. The bigger the better.

    2. Spanx. No time to hit the gym or just not up for it...yet? Fake it with some Spanx. They slim you down, smooth you out and basically make your clothes look better on you. Need extra help? Double up. I've heard it works.

    3. A Cleaning Lady. It would be fabulous to have a full-time cleaning lady, but even having someone come once a month for a deep clean is worth it. Really. You can use that time to

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  • Family Dinners: Still Important or Outdated?

    I have no idea if this is unusual or not, but I don't have a dining room table. Really. When it comes to meal time, my little girl sits in her high chair and I sit on the couch and that's how we have dinner together. I know it's not ideal, but like a lot of NYC apartments, a dining room table is just a luxury I don't have space for.

    That being said, even though I don't have a traditional dining room table, it is still important to me that my daughter and I have dinner together at night. My little girl is only 3, but I feel like this our special time to catch up with one another about the things that happened that day.

    I also feel like it's one of the few times in the day when I can give her my undivided attention. I'm not thinking about (or doing) work. I'm not talking to anyone else. It's just her time to talk to her mom.

    Sounds sappy, I know, but apparently there's some truth to it. Lots of studies say that kids who have regular family dinners are less likely to

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  • 10 Things You Just Shouldn't Do In Front Of Your Kids...

    Between baby Lisa's mom admitting she was drunk when her daughter disappeared and this stellar dad making his 9-year-old daughter drive because he was too drunk to do it himself, I'm a little disturbed that so many parents can't seem to comprehend "being a good parent" 101. Like, for example, you shouldn't get wasted when you have a child to take care of.

    It seems like it should go without saying, but apparently not. So for anyone who was unclear, here are 10 things you should never do in front of your child.

    1. Get drunk. Seems simple enough, right? But let's just reinforce it for anyone who's a little murky on the details. If there is a child under your care, you shouldn't be getting hammered. And yes, this still applies even if the child is asleep.

    2. Smoke cigarettes. If you want to give yourself lung cancer, that's totally your decision. But no child should be subjected to secondhand smoke. That's just cruel. Don't agree? Read this.

    3. Curse. There's a good

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  • 5 Baby Gifts to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    First thing that comes to mind when your hear October? Probably Halloween. But don't forget that it's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so think pink! Stock up on these sweet baby gifts from adorable pink boots to perfectly pink baby gyms and help support the cause--a portion of all sales will be donated to breast cancer research.

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