Well-meaning friends and family members always have questions. When you start dating someone for a while, they want to know when you are getting married. When you get married, they want to know when you are going to have a baby. When you have a baby, they want to know if you are going to have another baby. (And, if several years go by, they really want to know if you are going to have another baby. If you hedge at all, they are…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 17, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
My son likes to tell me stories about his classmates' behavior at school. (He's a bit of a talker.) I know all about the children who use too many paper towels, or the ones who never sleep during quiet time, and even about the ones who have too many "hateful words." I remind my son that I am only interested in his behavior. Then I remind him that…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 4, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments
Parents develop skill sets that no one talks about. In addition to awesome time management and the ability to function on a lack of sleep, we also have the ability to make up songs on the fly, invent games to distract children while waiting in line and even build super-cool forts out of pillows and blankets.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2014 at 6:29am — No Comments
People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 14, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments
Sometimes when I see my son playing by himself in his room on a Saturday afternoon, I stand in the doorway and ask him a very complex question:
Are you lonely?…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 31, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments
There's this weird thing that happens when you get pregnant: Everywhere you go, you see other pregnant people and parents pushing strollers. Granted, those people were always there before, but once you become pregnant yourself - join their ranks - you finally start noticing them on a massive scale.…Continue
There's the perennial discussion... is it better to be the oldest or the youngest sibling? There are obviously pros and cons to both and it also depends on each individual family, but I think, and my opinion is obviously bias, the older siblings definitely have one thing on the younger siblings.
Older siblings have to live with Older Sibling Guilt (OSG).
Being an older sibling myself in all my years of talking to other older siblings, there is not one, NOT…Continue
Added by Joy Y on April 20, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler. While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother. My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working. Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time
Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another. It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless. There is hope!
Whenever a child is…Continue
My little brother was born today. He woke Mom up at three o’clock in the morning because he wanted to come out of her tummy. I was asleep so I didn’t know he was going to be born today. When I woke up, Grandma said, “Good morning,” and told me I was a big brother today. She made my favorite breakfast, yummy waffles with syrup and chocolate milk. How did she know that was my…Continue
Added by Martha Rodriguez on November 16, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments
It's kinda hard to believe, but the Nucking Futs clan has never ever had a professional family photo taken. Sure, we've had the kids photographed out the yin yang but never with my husband and me. So this past weekend, we decided to take advantage of the unbelievably gorgeous fall weather and round up our crew for a picture at the beach.
Added by Jennifer Marshall on October 12, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments
Dear Liquor Store,
Perhaps you may have heard some rumblings about the impending summer vacation that's about to pounce on the town here any day now. Yes, kids will soon be out terrorizing the streets and pimping lemonade hardcore on every effing corner. They will be changing their clothes 357 times a day, thereby creating even more…Continue
Added by Jennifer Marshall on July 19, 2011 at 3:35pm — No Comments
Okay, so last week my sixth child was successfully potty trained, right before he turned 3. The big deal? This was the 3rd attempt at it, my attempt; you see it's not that Adam failed the previous times, I his mother who trained 5 before him and had 3 trained by 2, was too tired to stick with the process. He's not the first child to be a delayed potty trainer, his 2 older sisters( my younger girls) were completely toilet…Continue
Added by Tammy Blockinger on May 27, 2011 at 3:49pm — No Comments
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Today is the final day for the Joy of Love photo tutorial and I'm going to miss it. Even though I only participated about once a week, I still loved getting the emails and thinking of ways to document how I love my family. I need to continue doing that, tutorial or no, on…
Added by Rebecca Whitney on February 28, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Added by The CincoMom on July 11, 2010 at 11:40am — No Comments
I recently had quite a tiff with The Baby. My own fault, really. I should just know by now…but I didn’t give her the credit she deserved. You see, she’s a frikkin’ genius…no question in my mind. Yet, I forget this at times, given how wee & adorable this kidlet is. So you’re thinking to…Continue
Added by Tracy Warner on July 5, 2010 at 2:19am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Muscato on June 28, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments
My third child, & second daughter, is turning seven today. As she rejoices in being one step closer to getting out from under me, & having the ability to wear, do, say whatever she wants, I will be rejoicing in all she brings to my heart & my life. You are the burst of fresh air, the whirlwind of energy, the fierce, strong, independent child. You have never needed me the way…Continue
Added by Tracy Warner on June 19, 2010 at 1:32am — No Comments
1. The outdoors are calling you!
2. Fresh air does wonders for you and your family.
3. It saves electricity.
4. If you get up…you might just get some exercise.
5. It’s keeping you from being productive.
6. There’s nothing good on.
7. You’ve got a stack of books waiting to be read.
8. Heck, make your own drama.
9. You’ve been wanting to sit down and write for a while now.
10. Life is too short!…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 30, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments
Did you know…
If you forget about those hard boil eggs you put on the burner to reach a boil…they’ll begin exploding in the pot just as soon as all the water has…Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 28, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments
Thankful for the 2010 model.
No wait! Not that one. This one!…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 27, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments