I wouldn’t expect that my kids would still be grieving my divorce, three years after the fact, but it seems like on any given day, they experience any of the following feelings: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. According to the experts, none of this is a surprise. “It’s … [Read more...]
Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire: Is Motherhood Built On Lies Or Truth?
Any seasoned moms spontaneously combusting these days? Sometimes it seems motherhood is all about lying, yet the truths of being a mom seem to be the more difficult aspects of our lives. Some lies you tell—Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the park is closed today for Spring … [Read more...]
How Parenting Is Just Like An Episode Of Scrubs
I am a sucker for hospital shows on TV, but I tend to fall over when I'm in one for real. I'm queasy, but I had to overcome that when I became a parent and found myself there more often with a sick kid. While those real life experiences weren't funny, the humorous exploits of the cast of Scrubs … [Read more...]
What Goes Up Must Come Down
When my son's dad and I were together, he was taking flying lessons and aspired to be a pilot. He flew flight simulators on the computer and relished his time in the air. It was no surprise to me that he would try to pass this love of flight on to his son. While I personally don't enjoy airplanes, I … [Read more...]
The Harmful Side Effects Of Helicopter Parenting
Helicopter parenting was first defined in Dr. Haim Ginott’s 1969 book Parents & Teenagers, when teens brought up that their parents would hover over them like a helicopter. It’s also been called ‘lawnmower parenting,’ ‘cosseting parenting,’ and ‘bulldoze parenting.’ This kind of parenting … [Read more...]
What Young Adult Novels Can Teach Us About Parenting
What do many young adult (YA) books have in common? Angst-y teens, strict rules made for breaking, and rollercoaster love lives. There’s no doubt about it, being a teenager is rough and parenting one proves just as hard. But if there’s something we can learn from all those teen reads, it’s … [Read more...]
Plan This EPIC Summer Bucket List Right Now!
Summer camps are already filling up, and we’re on the downhill roll to the end of the school year now. There will be 67 glorious summer vacations days to be filled, and with a little advanced planning, you can have a fun, frugal family summer vacation! Here’s the perfect summer bucket list to … [Read more...]
Kelly Rowland: Being A Mother Is About Taking It ‘One Day At A Time’
Kelly Rowland had some fears about parenting when she first realized she was pregnant, she told PEOPLE while attending the Safe Kids Day 2016 event on Sunday. She though she was missing the one virtue all parents seem to possess: patience. “When I found out that I was going to be a mother, I was … [Read more...]
When Are Kids Allowed To Be Alone?
We keep judging parents for letting their kids play with their iPads or flaked out in front of the television. We are told to get our kids outside in the fresh air and get off the screens, to exercise and run around and use their imaginations. We are supposed to encourage our children to play with … [Read more...]
Order Up! How Being A Mom Is Like Being A Barista
Who of us doesn't look into the kind eyes of our barista in the morning and think, "Thank goodness you are here!" before grabbing our all-important coffee? They really are like angels sent from caffeinated heaven. But I bet you never realized that being a mom is a lot like being a barista in many … [Read more...]