Thanks, Hallmark, for making a bigger deal out of every little holiday. It’s a minefield to be a parent these days, because if you forget to leave something that the leprechaun would have left, you are screwed. Your kids know, they remember, and remind you incessantly. Awesome. So when did this all happen? Was it … More When did the small holidays become the big ones?
I found out firsthand today what I DON’T want my kids to do ever. We were getting ready to leave from my older two kids’ one-of-umpteen amounts of practices/after school activities aka parent personal hell, and per usual, my middle kid was being particularly pokey about putting their shoes on to go. So of course, … More Parents, don’t let your kids grow up to be assholes
A friend of mine was sharing mom stories, as we always do. She shared a story with me that I really didn’t know how to respond. They had friends over. My friend’s daughter, we’ll call her D, was upstairs playing with the daughter of the other family, we’ll call that girl E. E is a … More What would you do?
How do you talk to your kids about those that are different? In whatever way they could be different, I have never known the proper way. Yes, my kids are only 6, 4 and 7 months, so I haven’t had much practice, but still. I struggle often to find the words to describe what is … More The Elephant in the Room
Playdates. They are a minefield. As a mom of three, two of whom are 5 and 7, I have officially entered the playdate era. I’m not super upset about it, because I love to see my kids grow and enjoy playing with their friends, even if they do the whole “parallel play” that kids often … More How to NOT get invited back on another play date. I assure you.
I grew up in a time where “It’s Pat” was on Saturday Night Live. You know, the skit that had a gender ambivalent character that NO one knew if you should say “he” or “she” and they never gave it away (see? I still have no clue if it was a she or he, so … More Mothering in a Gender Neutral World
As parents, we are constantly trying to protect our kids from everything in the world that will hurt them. We buckle them and double-check their seatbelts are on correctly. We make sure they have helmets on when they are riding bikes. We teach them how to look both ways before they cross the street. We … More When safe isn’t safe enough
Do you ever have those days? The ones where your kid just gets under your skin, and you can’t pinpoint exactly why? I had one of those. They wouldn’t. Stop. Moving. The new thing that entertains both of my kids is making tents and forts out of blankets and their small couches. It does keep … More My kid was so bleeping annoying today.
I never thought I’d dread something as much as I dread these. Okay, maybe I don’t dread them that much, especially if there is alcohol there (not sure who was the first one to think of having alcohol for adults at a kid’s party, but God bless them). I even dread my own kids parties. … More The minefield that is kid’s birthday parties
We have it figured out. After breastfeeding for six weeks and several poop samples later, my youngest has been diagnosed with a milk and/or soy allergy. They had a 50/50 shot at having it, and we knew it. Our other two kiddos had it, and both my husband and I had milk allergies as babies. We … More Finally, an answer