I have never been a world traveler. I’ve only ever left the country to go to Canada, didn’t go to Walt Disney World until I was 19 years old, flew once on an airplane when I was 2 years old and not again until I was 24, and I have never been on the West Coast.
I can still remember those random winter days when we would gather for a family meeting to discuss where we wanted to go for our family vacation. Being the ten year old history buff I was, I always suggested colonial… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 12, 2012 at 12:40pm —
In some ways, I hope my son is just like me. In most ways, I hope he isn’t.
I was an ok kid who liked to run around naked. Front yard nudity is quite harmless when white-tailed deer and turkeys are the only ones to see it. It is, however, a little embarrassing when family friends remember you for it.
The only trouble I really ever caused was behaving inappropriately during inappropriate situations (ie: laughing when my parents were being serious). My sister was usually the one… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 11, 2012 at 2:52pm —
As I have said before, I have wanted children for a very long time. Despite this, I still cannot comprehend the fact that I am, actually, a mother now and responsible for a little dude. Although the desire was always there, the idea of having children always seemed foreign and distant; a concept too big to grasp, like pondering the size of the universe.
Now here I… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 10, 2012 at 2:16pm —
I may not know what the hell I'm doing half the time with this whole parenting gig, but one thing that I have learned from experience is to trust my gut when it comes to my kids. (After all, they're the ones who are responsible for making it a lot less flat than it used to be). So if my gut is telling me that my daughter is, in fact, sick, I'm sure as shit gonna listen to… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 10, 2012 at 10:57am —
For some time, Bunny has been experiencing a reoccurring nightmare. She dreams monsters come in our house and eat our entire family, except for her. She is left alone with no parents, no home, and no place to go.
Added by Lanita Moss on January 10, 2012 at 9:00am —
When my little guy turned one I was very adamant that we were going to get rid of all the bottles and binkies in the house. We had been working on getting him switched over to sippy cups so that didn’t seem to be much of a problem. But then there was the binky. I personally loved it but my husband wanted to… Continue
Added by Amy T on January 9, 2012 at 11:01am —
As if I am still 10 years old, it makes me giggle to think that everyone goes to the bathroom. I won’t name names, but EVERYONE goes to the bathroom, myself included. </immaturegiggles>
There is little mystery as to what happens in bathrooms; most likely if I am in the bathroom I’m not using my sewing machine to make a draft dodger (yes, this is the max of my sewing machine skills), or designing a chocolate factory with a t-square, or…
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 6, 2012 at 2:05pm —
** If a day ever went by where a kid HADN'T peed on a toilet seat here, I'd swear I was in the wrong house.
** I seriously could not be more unorganized.
** Everybody needs a mental health day. (Still waiting impatiently to cash in on mine....)
** Homework supervision is totally interfering with my tweeting and… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 6, 2012 at 11:36am —
With a young son, Christmas was not a major production although we all strived to make it special. It was important that baby’s first Christmas be filled with special memories we will share with him through pictures and stories when he’s a little older. But of course, our good intentioned gifts were not so well received.
In early November when my son went through a surge of developmental milestones, I upgraded Christmas. He was certainly not going be passive about Christmas… Continue
Added by Jennifer Stauffer on January 5, 2012 at 10:50am —
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 —
The older I get, the more I realize that New Year's Eve is totally overrated. I mean, seriously, what's the point of getting all dolled up to spend a shit-ton of money to fight a bunch of annoying crowds to risk being hit by a drunk driver and to then be disappointed that the night wasn't nearly as fabulous as you'd hoped it would be? That's why my husband and I made the executive decision many moons ago to just stay home and have our own little family party to ring in the new… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on January 4, 2012 at 10:48am —
** My son likes to make his penis talk. (Don't ask.)
** The entire household turns into assholes when my husband goes out of town.
** My kids wait to take a dump until it's time to walk out the door.
** This ass isn't gonna run itself off.
** You can never ever hug your kids too much.
** When life hands you… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 31, 2011 at 1:07pm —
Remember that story a few weeks ago when we lost the mother fucking Elf on the Shelf, and I was all panicked that it might be the last Christmas for believing in Santa in my household? Well, it saddens me beyond words, but I'm pretty sure the jig is up (at… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 29, 2011 at 12:13pm —
When people used to tell me, "Get the sleep you can now because you'll never sleep again," I laughed. I now know the kind of fatigue I battle on a daily basis is nothing like the days after late nights at work or cramming for tests in college. I'd also hear about "mom brain" and how formerly brilliant women have been rendered useless by the theory that pregnancy feeds off brain cells. I thought that was a myth too until I found myself… Continue
Added by Nicole Wolfrath on December 28, 2011 at 12:45pm —
I was running around Facebook, as I frequently do throughout the day, when I came across a business page running a contest. Nothing odd there, right? Lots of businesses run contests and incentives to increase their traffic and number of “likes”.
Except this one was different. This Facebook page was for a medical practice that caters to… Continue
Added by Kristen Daukas on December 28, 2011 at 12:11pm —
Being that my daughter depends on me fully and I have to be not only her mother I have to be a her doctor and nurse her counselor and a good example of a mom and woman. I have neglected myself through the years. Being a parent means there will be times that your wants and needs will be put aside.
Added by Shanae Miller on December 27, 2011 at 11:01pm —
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our pad,
Every creature was stirring, being exceptionally bad.
The stockings were hung too close to the floor,
And Goatdog was eating each one that he tore.
The twins were bouncing off the walls in their… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 22, 2011 at 5:22pm —
Motherhood can change your life! I thought it would turn mine upside down but it didn't, it turned it right side up!...
Added by Manasi Vaidya on December 17, 2011 at 1:30pm —
WARNING: ** Look away if you don't like an occasional f-bomb every now and then. Cause in this case? It just couldn't be helped. (Sorry, Mom and Dad....) **
Every year our "Elf on the Shelf" tradition brings me a combination of both… Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on December 7, 2011 at 10:21am —
Cool streaming videos for kids, minus the characters and commercials
Added by Kim Lachance Shandrow on December 7, 2011 at 2:09am —