I was at the pool this weekend and started talking to a woman holding an infant next to me. She asked me if he was my first and I told her how he was actually my second. I asked her the same. She replied, “Oh no, he’s my sixth.” I couldn’t hide the shock in my face. Six kids? Six??? She didn’t look like a character from a TLC show - she looked like a woman my age. She had a great haircut, cute bathing suit, and didn’t look frazzled in the least. How was that possible? How could she…Continue
Added by Martinis and Minivans on July 9, 2012 at 11:41am — No Comments
I peeked in on my son sleeping this morning, and was aghast at how tall he actually looked lying in bed. He is twelve years old, on the brink of his journey through Junior High, and I can hardly believe how much he's grown. I looked at his feet (now bigger than mine), and his hands (almost bigger than mine), and…Continue
Added by Sarah Burd on June 28, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments
My son has a job as a lifeguard this summer, and today I drive him to work. Though he now has his driver’s license, he does not yet have his own car and so for the time being, we must share mine and he is being a good sport about it. I drive slowly; neither of us has an agenda and there are no external distractions. We are simply mother and son, each fully present, as we so often were when he was young; before I became preoccupied with the passing of time and midlife reinvention, and before…Continue
Added by Amy Ruhlin on June 7, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments
We all know that pregnancy is supposed to last nine months. Before pregnancy, when I asked someone what month she was in the answer was simple, second, fourth, eighth…. When you're pregnant it somehow changes to weeks. I'm not sure if this is some new method of counting which is more accurate, but we no longer count months, but instead, weeks.Since I was pregnant with twins, I knew that it was quite possible I would give birth well…Continue
Added by Ellie Lavi on May 30, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments
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This story takes place a couple of years ago when Jake was in 3rd grade and ranks a magnitude 10 on the Richtor scale of embarrassment. This was when I was working again full time and less hopeless (I joke). Anyway, Craig and I usually spent our weekends…
It's official! Trying to get my kids ready for school is like waging a full fledged war on time-management! Let me break down this morning's routine as we prepare to breach the castle like some sort of crazed screaming barbarians. And yes, someone will be calling to confirm my reservation at the nut…Continue
Added by Jennifer Weilk on March 7, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Weilk on March 6, 2012 at 5:34pm — No Comments
When I sat down to blog this morning I was all set to write some funny anecdote about Jenna “frowing” up. Seriously she’s eight and genuinely thinks it’s called frowing up. I can’t bear to correct her; it was a beautiful glimpse of the little girl she still is.
I started perusing the internet and well, procrastinating, and came upon an article placing the blame for teenage obesity on moms, specifically improper toddler/mom bonding. The author vehemently wondered why all the blame is…Continue
Added by Kristen Tschida on January 4, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
This past Sunday I told my oldest child that I was thinking about going to church. I don’t go often. She asked me in a very serious voice to be sure to pray for her sister. I was surprised by this and jokingly asked her if she wanted me to pray for her sisters soul. She said “Yeah mommy”. I asked her why and she told me that when the girls attended a memorial…Continue
Added by Elayne on November 9, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments
The courtship with my husband, Colby, wasn’t typical. It wasn’t boy in bar + girl in bar = boy meets girl. As everything else in my life, meeting Colby wasn’t that simple. Our meeting was the stuff movies are made of.
Added by Lanita Moss on October 19, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
Added by Catherine Kingsbury on September 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I have a number of working mothers in my marketing department and several have arranged flexible work schedules to accommodate their changing work/life demands. Flexible work schedules are becoming much more common as employers recognize it as valuable tool for retaining their top talent and promoting work/life balance. In my department we have a number of different kinds of…
Added by Portia Mount on August 9, 2011 at 8:56am — No Comments
I used to be a madwoman on the weekends. Dr. D. avoided me Saturday mornings as I rode around on my broom frantically trying to cram in as many tasks before noon as possible. As a busy working mother, I found that my weekends were consumed with catching up on all of the stuff I couldn't get done during the week -- laundry, cooking, errands, you name it. Even before…Continue
Added by Portia Mount on July 15, 2011 at 11:16am — No Comments
I’ve been noticing a very interesting trend on my site recently. It’s becoming really clear what moms are interested in ... and I’m so intrigued by it, that I wanted to share it with you!
I write a blog called the Mommy MindSpa and I post each day with different suggestions of fun things moms can do to help them focus on themselves. I call it the Daily Mom-ME Moment ... and in it I encourage moms to take time each day to do something for themselves - to always remember that they are…Continue
Added by Mommy Ro on July 9, 2011 at 11:43pm — No Comments
I often wonder how we, as women, survive. I know that I am not unusual, but I spend the majority of my time worrying about what I have to do, longing to do the things I want to do, and guilting myself out when I don’t get things done, because I was doing what I wanted to do for myself.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Life is complicated enough without adding more and more layers of complexities. Somehow, society has painted a picture of what the perfect woman should be. She should…Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on July 1, 2011 at 9:54am — No Comments
Hi, my name is Portia and I am a recovering good girl. I think as the oldest of three children I came to my good girl tendencies naturally. At school I studied hard, tried really hard, got good grades and helped my teachers after school. I was such a good girl that during the planning of my high school’s (unsanctioned) senior skip day I was asked to collect my classmate’s money…Continue
Added by Portia Mount on June 13, 2011 at 10:56pm — No Comments
I frequently interview candidates for open positions in my organization and am often asked what advice I have for women returning to the workforce. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to not apologize for leaving your career to raise your children. Be confident in presenting your skills and be assertive about what you have to offer a prospective employer. Finding a…Continue
Added by Portia Mount on May 19, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 16, 2011 at 1:13pm — No Comments
This is what I always hear when people talk to brand new moms or mothers to be.
A very short list of the main topics?
Well…here it comes.
You will not:
- travel as much as you did before (you will…Continue
Added by mom in rome on May 14, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments