Anyone with small children recognizes they spend a fair amount of their day answering question. Lots of questions. An absurd amount of questions. And those questions, which often come at rapid fire speed, can range anywhere from the simple “what’s for lunch?” to the slightly awkward “why don’t I pee standing up?” to the more complicated “what’s Heaven like?” If … Read More
When Toys Take Over
When my husband and I bought our first house we took meticulous care of all of our belongings. We spent our weekends pursuing antique shops and high end home goods stores looking for ornate knick knacks, statement furniture pieces, and other home décor that ultimately made our house look like something straight off of HGTV or the glossy pages of … Read More
Should Moms Stop Multitasking?
If you’re a mom and anything like me, you’ve got about 35,000 things all going on at the same time. The laundry is spinning, the dishes are washing, the kids are eating breakfast, I’m on my laptop paying bills and on my phone checking emails, the news is playing in the background, and the time is ticking on my watch. … Read More
Swearing And Other Bad Parent Habits
“Mama, what the ‘BLEEP’ was that?” The first time I heard my daughter drop an F-bomb, she had just turned two, and we were sitting in a crowded waiting room at the doctor’s office. While my immediate reaction was to gasp and horror, my husband just chuckled and made the very rhetorical comment “I wonder where she learned that…” “She … Read More
Moms Have Bad Days Too
As my alarm clock rang one particular Monday morning, I remember literally bouncing out of bed, excited to start the day. Rarely do I have totally free mornings to spend with my children where we’re not running errands, rushing to preschool, getting caught up on laundry and household chores, or prepping for the classes I teach. But having worked extra … Read More
Pregnant And Lactose Intolerant
Milk, it does a body good…. Unless of course you’re lactose intolerant and trying to design a healthy pregnancy diet, and in that case, dairy products have waged a war against your body. One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind when I found out I was pregnant was how do I create a healthy pregnancy diet, rich in … Read More
Turning Two: The Forgotten Birthday
I have a terrible confession to make… One that I’m sure, by all accounts, makes me a horrible mother. I didn’t throw my son a birthday party when he turned two this year… I didn’t throw my daughter a birthday party when she turned two either. I know. Awful. Neglectful. Shameful. What kind of a mother doesn’t throw her child … Read More
Raising A Boy
Have a boy they said… It will be fun they said… I recognized the smell the second I hit the stairwell to go upstairs and get my two year old son up from his nap. Having young children, I’ve grown accustomed to the smell of poop, and I knew it was not uncommon for my son to dirty his diaper … Read More
Do Polite Children Finish Last?
Even before I had children, I gave a considerable amount of thought to how I wanted to raise them. As a firm believer of structure and discipline, I was focused on raising well mannered, polite, respectful children. I wanted my children to be considerate of others, mindful of how their actions affect other people, and to truly treat other people … Read More
Your Baby Registry: Do You Really Need All This Stuff?
When I became pregnant with my first child, to say I was clueless about what I needed for when the baby arrived was a huge understatement. I had no idea what a baby needed, made infinitely more obvious by my first attempt at compiling a baby registry. In fact, my original baby registry was so inadequate that certain family members … Read More