When I was little, I had a stay-at-home Mom. She was home to give me a snack after school, took care of me when I was sick and spent hours devoting time to the PTA and the community to make a better life for us. (Thanks, Mom!) My Dad worked long hours, spent time working on the yard on the weekends and drove us to family functions on the weekends. (Thanks, Dad!)…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 11, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments
** The end-of-the-school-year craziness must surely subtract five years off a mom's life.
** I am sooooooooo done with the packing of the lunches.
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My birthday is this weekend. And I'm going to celebrate. All. Week. Long. (Maybe even longer...I haven't decided yet.)
When I was growing up, I didn't truly enjoy my birthdays. There was a bad incident with a clown on one birthday, and for the others, I was a bit shy and didn't like being the center of attention. My parents tried to have parties for me, but I didn't…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on June 6, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments
A few days ago my husband watched me compile my to-do list for the weekend. When I paused for a moment, he commented, "That's a lot of stuff to do in one weekend." I had three immediate thoughts:…Continue
It's been a seriously difficult week in the world of weaning. Literally all of the information out there that I've found in the past week has been conflicting, and needless to say my milk has not dried up yet.
I'm on my seventh day of taking Sudafed, my seventh day of bound breasts, I've worn a snug bra to bed for the past week, and this is my third day of round the clock cabbage leaves. My boob (yes, singular, one of them is…Continue
Added by Lindsey Mommy on June 3, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Big news! The Mommy A to Z eBook is now on sale! You can own your very own copy for only $5.99. Books are available at:Continue
Added by Meredith Hale on June 3, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments
We all make associations with people based off their names. For example, I don't think "handyman" when I am introduced to guys with names like Trevor or Preston. And I don't think "financial genius" when I meet a woman named Bambi or Sequoia. Am I instantaneously judging people based off their name without actually getting to know them first?…
** If you take up two parking spaces, you shouldn't be surprised when you're door-dinged.
** Putting my husband in charge of homework supervision is like putting my kids in charge of homework supervision.…
I have one child. That's it. Because I have one child, studies tell me that because he is the eldest (and the only), he will be very mature before his time, as he primarily interacts with my husband and myself. Recent research also indicates that if he were born female, he…Continue
One of the most fun pre-baby activities my husband and I enjoyed was choosing a baby name. Of course, since my husband and I were together for a really long time before getting married and having a baby, we had the conversation on baby names long before we were ready to have children.
Like most couples, we…
Added by Ellie Hirsch on May 19, 2014 at 10:55am — No Comments
Among the perks of having babies in the 1980′s, 1990′s and 2000′s is that your kids’ friends’ parents– your friends– span many decades as well. Mom-friends who were rearing their last-born when I was fearfully raising my first grew up during FDR’s administration; some friends I’ve met through my 8-year-old entered the world while Reagan served. Consequently, I’ve been exposed to quite a number of parenting styles.
Some of my friends quote Dr. Spock, some Dr. Sears, and still others,…Continue
Added by Donna Baer on May 14, 2014 at 4:58pm — No Comments
May is National Mental Health Awareness month. We have come a long way as a nation over the last couple of decades in how we view mental health issues, however, we still need to continue to improve the way people with a mental illness are viewed and treated.
Mental health is simply our emotional, mental, and spiritual health. It is just as important as our physical health. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. It is important for us to realize that people of all ages, race, ethnicity,…Continue
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I cannot be the only one…who was filled with dread after they glanced ahead at their child’s school calendar and saw the words “Kindergarten Field Trip to The Zoo” printed on the page. I immediately envisioned Sonny Boy, tears streaming down his chubby little six year old cheeks, crying in a little alcove outside the gorilla exhibit, lonely and lost at the zoo on his first field trip. My heart started racing and I knew I had to find out all the…
Added by Janice Perry on May 9, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
** I constantly feel like I'm forgetting to do something.
** And most likely, I am.
** In my next life, I'm coming back as a…Continue
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My son is telling me a story. It is a story about a day he spent just with me because Daddy was on a motorcycle trip. He tells me about the fun that we had during the day, including doing yoga together, making some blueberry oatmeal bars, cleaning the house, playing some board games together and then reading a new book together.
There was nothing special about the day - it was just a normal Saturday, but here's the thing: It's accurate. All the events he describes to me were…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 9, 2014 at 6:57am — No Comments
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My father used to rock me to sleep; my mother used to sing with me. These are things that I do with my son because I have such fond members of them from my childhood. But those are things I know I learned from my parents.…