I used to dread the thought of a playdate. Seriously. Dragging one’s child to another’s house to make nice with the other mommy, while trying to monitor what my child was doing and secretly making sure the other child or children were behaving as well. Birthday parties can be the worst of these, especially because … More The Joy (really!) of Playdates
As my youngest freaked out over something small and my husband tried to say no, we got the talk back. The inevitable return of a request or direction given to your child comes right back at you, plus sass. As my husband asked the follow-up question, “do you want to go to time out?” there … More The time out conundrum
When I was little, my sisters and I would beg our parents for pets. Whatever the pet, we didn’t care. We would have loved a dog, but my parents nixed that and cats along with it. After we nagged and pleaded, my parents decided on a turtle. It was small, easy to take care of … More Mom, can we get a dog???
The mantra that comes with every daycare pickup gets annoying. Sometimes its because I don’t honestly know what to make, but other times, it’s just because I don’t want to get into it, especially if I chose to make something that they may not be super excited about. Each drive home, I get the “I … More What’s for dinner?
Why are women so obsessed with weight? Especially the weight that we gain after a baby. It becomes our job to try and get rid of that last few pounds that we gained, if not more. I gained 50 pounds with both kids. Yep, 50. I couldn’t even believe it. I didn’t eat different. There … More Losing the baby weight
When is it okay to have a glass of wine? How early is too early? And should you hide it from your children? I ask this as it’s 3 pm on Sunday, and it started to snow (again), and we’ve been stuck inside because of cold weather (like, negatives). My two are doing circles around … More Why Mommy Drinks
Why is it that we as moms inherently know what to do in most if not all situations and men don’t? I was talking to a friend of mine today and she told me how her son was sick. Her husband had picked up their son a little early from daycare, went home, and didn’t … More Mother’s instincts (15)
The other day, my youngest’s teachers at daycare informed me that while playing with a baby doll, my child very clearly pointed out the baby’s parts. And was anatomically correct. They wouldn’t even repeat what was said out loud. I had to figure it out. I nodded, and smiled. Yes, I know my kid says “penis”. I … More Mommy, what’s this ______??? Insert any body part here. (14)
Lucky #13. Yeah, right! Again, I feel like I am out of order with the hurdles/challenges that mother’s face, because this is probably MUCH higher on everyone’s list. And we truly don’t realize how valuable sleep is until it’s gone. We are warned before we have kids, during our pregnancy even, to “sleep while you … More Sleep when the baby sleeps…
I remember being at my sister’s pool with my nephews (this was before my own kids), when one of them got out the pool, walked over to the grass outside the pool area, pulled their swimsuit down, and promptly peed on the grass. I tried not to react, but I couldn’t help it. My sister … More You can’t do THAT in front of people! (12)