manipulate - vb: to negotiate, control or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skillfully, or deviously.
My kids are masters at building manipulation tactics that work brilliantly when dealing with me. As many of you know, I have the man-boy, who is turning 18 in a few weeks, and the baby girl, who is a three-year-old toddler… Continue
Added by Tandra Downs on January 27, 2012 at 5:46pm —
...When people told me to enjoy the moments of her childhood because they grow up too fast, I rolled my eyes. As I first struggled as a single mother, then with her diagnosis of her reactive attachment disorder, there were many times her childhood couldn’t end fast enough.
Added by Lanita Moss on October 3, 2011 at 8:30am —
A great book for teenage girls to read. Read my review and the author's recipe by going to A Book and A… Continue
Added by Martha A. Cheves on September 11, 2011 at 1:12pm —
Happy Father's Day! It is a sentiment that I have rarely had a chance to express to my own father. He was in and out of my life for many years and when he was in my life, it felt strange to say it. Happy Father's Day seems like a special statement to be reserved for the most special fathers, you know, the ones who were around to change diapers, wipe tears, give great advice, lecture that boy taking me out on my first date, and walk me down the aisle during my… Continue
Added by Autherine on June 19, 2011 at 7:07pm —
My little guy started teething and its the worst thing in the world. I dont know what to do sometimes and he gets so antsy cause I cant help him. I have tried orajel, teething rings and at times they work but
other times he just gets mad and goes on his marry way. He is so cute!
I guess its something we all have to go through and to be honest I am glad I am home to be able to take care of him and help him through this. Continue
He is a true blessing in my life and I am blessed to he…
Added by Lysette Green on November 17, 2010 at 11:11am —
Whole story here..
Part of becoming a mommy is having to think for someone other than yourself. You have to think what's best for your child, how a decision will affect them now and in the future. I had to make a VERY hard (for both myself and Jaliyah) decision recently, which also contributed to my short absence.
One of the decisions, that I am sure many of us have faced, is whether you and your SO should… Continue
Added by Elisha Crivella on October 18, 2010 at 7:52pm —
Today was the day for my girls to return to school. I now have a 7th grader and a 4th grader.
Yes I'm happy to be back into the routine of a some-what quieter day (and I'm happy that I get the computer to myself!), but I'm also sad that they aren't here. That they are growing up... growing up so fast! 7th grade?! How in the heck did my oldest reach 7th grade already?!?
I still feel like hanging outside their classrooms, waiting to see… Continue
Added by Ann Harrison on September 7, 2010 at 12:43pm —
With hardly a second glance, this once clingy… Continue
Added by A Nation of Moms on August 27, 2010 at 2:41pm —
On our camping trip this past weekend, a momentous occasion occurred: our 6-year-old son, James, lost his first tooth (it’s actually the second tooth that is missing. He knocked the first one out just before he was three). We were riding from our campsite to the pool when I hear, “I lost a tooth!” You did? ”Yeah! I thought it was bacon… Continue
Added by Judy Newman on July 9, 2010 at 11:00am —
Does that look like the face of a High Schooler??? NO! Of course it doesn't. He's not OLD enough to be in high school! He's just 1, damn it! He's my baby! How can he be going into HIGH school?? I'm not old enough to have 2 teen agers in high school. And yet, here I am... Barely in my 30's (by barely I mean pushing… Continue
Added by Christine on May 27, 2010 at 10:41am —
Added by Natasha Olivera on May 24, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Pregnancy and I have a love/hate relationship.
I am not one to have an easy time with pregnancy in the first
trimester. I'm the mama with her head in the toilet, the trash can, the
parking lot of Target, the random grocery bag I find lying in my car.
It's just not a pretty thing. There is no beauty, no poise, no food
left in my stomach. But it is also during this time that I am most
excited at the prospect of this new little life inside of me.
Added by Angela on February 11, 2010 at 2:06pm —
Hunter is 16 months old now, and I'm simply amazed at how fast he's growing, learning, doing.
No longer does my little man wake up crying. He now sits up and carries on baby babble conversations with his favorite cushy -soft stuffed animal, Winnie the Pooh. This morning I decided to hang out in bed to listen to him for a few extra minutes. I was shocked, to say the least. Out of his mouth, clear as day, came "Winnie the… Continue
Added by Monique on January 15, 2010 at 1:30pm —
Just wanted to share this with others, these are coming from my Dad's garden.
A 2.5lb tomato and a 19" zucchini, anyone top that?
I hate to say it, but I'm sick of eating squash and tomatoes. LOL
Added by RD Jentsch on June 25, 2009 at 4:19pm —
As it’s getting closer to Mother’s Day I am doing a lot of thinking about motherhood. Just as with the stages of pregnancy, it changes and shifts as we move through each new stage and phase of our fetus/infant/toddler/child/tween/teenager… ah heck, baby’s life.
I have recently come across two books on UrbanBaby.com that echo my own parenting style: Rattled! by Christine Coppa and Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman. They are both written by witty, honest women who openly share the full… Continue
Added by Tori Kropp on May 4, 2009 at 11:56am —
What can I say about the most wonderful woman on this planet. Other than I am so VERY grateful that she is mine. She will be turning 75 this September, and whats so funny is that its taken so much time to see her as anything but what I remember her always being. Its been a tough 4 years, but the progression continues. One more time, God shows me that he won't give me anything I can't handle. She has lived a pretty healthy life so I haven't had the experience of taking care of her. But she has… Continue
Added by Caroline Hartung on March 27, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Taylor's favorite phrase to say to me, is: "And then what did you think?" Well that, and the phrase: "No Mom, I don't want to do that right now. Here's the plan, I'll do what I want to do first and then I'll do what you want me to do. Okay Mom?"
Which brings me to my first point.
I used to think
I was patient until I had kids. But now...
Well, I find it's my struggle every single day. I have to BREATHE. Sometimes very… Continue
Added by Summa on March 21, 2009 at 5:44pm —
This morning my son Stephen woke me up... I love it when he wakes me up...
I noticed I was actually having a real conversation with him... It was great! My little man is growing up. His vocab is getting so much bigger... He even said the word “Classified”...
Holy cow! I thought, what an amazing sound coming out of a 5 year old.
He is becoming more and more independent... It scares the life out of me... But I enjoy it all the same.
Today is a… Continue
Added by Sarah McLean on November 29, 2008 at 8:59am —
It’s been a long week, folks.
service, Grandma’s service and reading the stark words of a fellow blogger who’s just been diagnosed with cancer, I realize that staying positive is more than just a rainbow and kitten-nose outlook on life. It’s really freaking hard work!
I watch the way others cope, not in a judgmental way, but more in a “if that works for them, would it work for me?” introspective way. At… Continue
Added by Anissa Mayhew on July 30, 2008 at 12:26am —