It may be the influence of social media - where we tend to compare others' posted highs to our everyday moments or even our lows - but sometimes we are a tad hard on ourselves. (It's not just me, right?) The dishes aren't always done promptly. We raise our voices more than we want to. … Continue reading 10 Ways I’m Rocking Motherhood
It's well know that songs can help kids learn things better. Put a bunch of information to the tune of a known song, and they'll memorize it much easier than repetition, flash cards, or the (tedious) like. I haven't used that yet for Toddler, but I think I will soon. First I need to learn … Continue reading Top 3 Songs We’ve Co-opted To Get Our Kids To Do Something
There's a lot to kvetch about as a parent, isn't there? Many blogs (umm, this one included) poke fun of or just outright complain about everything from diaper explosions to sibling rivalry. Of course, other blogs exclusively extol their parenting bliss until the reader herself has unicorns sprouting from her eyeballs. I actually enjoy both … Continue reading What I Shouldn’t Enjoy as a Mom – But 100% Do
I've got one kid who is an absolute motormouth, and one - just about 16m - who can say about 5 fully-formed words and maybe 15 half-formed words. Baby, who is heads above where her older sister was in the vocal department, is probably on the cusp of talking for real. Unlike her sister, she'll … Continue reading We Should Be Experts at Charades By Now
This afternoon Toddler will take her first swimming lesson - with her dad. (... because I'm not a calm influence when it comes to swimming ... I swam out of an undertow once at St. Augustine Beach and can swim enough to save myself and my children - I think - but generally am not … Continue reading To Class or Not to Class?
There are hundreds of listicles for "What Every New Mom Needs For Baby," and I've already called out some some popular items I think are totally BS. That got me thinking about what things parents really need but just never make it onto the baby registry. These are the items every baby household really benefits from having, … Continue reading Best Gotta-Have-It Non-Baby Items for Mothers
Does anyone else try to listen to how you speak to your kids from an external perspective? Specifically, do you try to figure out how much they understand of what you say? It occurs to me from time to time how much new vocabulary I throw at my toddler. As a hobby writer, I take … Continue reading Is Life Just a Peanuts Cartoon to Our Kids?
I love my Toddler, but some things she does make me want to claw the stuffing out of one of her stuffed animals. What's tops, most days? The way she takes 5 times the typical required time to use the bathroom. Seriously, I understand the glacial pace of a toddler, but 8 minutes just to … Continue reading How to Win 3-15 Minutes of Peace and Quiet
Am I the only one who holds a slightly glamorous view of moms from the 1950s and 1960s? They look like they really had their you-know-what together, from their (daily) coiffed hair to their crisp aprons to their clean pumps. I mean, really had it together: meatloaf was in the oven, kids were doing homework … Continue reading 1950s Mothers: Any Resemblance to Today’s Moms?
No, I'm not talking about that (besides, who could compare with this Seinfeld episode?!). I'm talking about when we fake emotions with our kids. Let's face it, sometimes we're tired - of the whining, the same questions over and over, pretending it's fun to act out a Sofia movie or book scene for the eleventh time … Continue reading Do They Know We’re Faking It?