Author Archives: Bethany Ramos

Daycare Is Not Raising My Kids

Daycare Is Not Raising My Kids

I am a daycare mom. I work full-time from home, and so does my husband. From close to one year old, both of my kids have been enrolled in half-day daycare at local in-home daycares in our area. When they first started daycare, I had all of the same fears as any new parent. I was worried that they wouldn’t like it; I was worried that they would feel lost and alone without me; I was especially worried about neglecting them while I was at work. More »

10 Frightening Baby Shower Cakes That You Can’t Un-See

10 Frightening Baby Shower Cakes That You Canât Un-See

Maria Guido broke the mold when she introduced us to Vagina Cakes. And with the help of the Internet, I have discovered that there are many, many more disturbing baby shower cakes that we haven’t seen yet. I personally was a pregnant woman with a sense of humor—I loved the semi-irreverent pregnant belly cake that was served at my baby shower. But sometimes, baby shower cake art can go a little too far. More »

Starbucks Refuses To Give Mom Consistent Schedule, Internet Blames Her For Having Kids

Starbucks Refuses To Give Mom Consistent Schedule, Internet Blames Her For Having Kids

I am a lover of Starbucks, just like every other red-blooded American, but I’m not a lover of their workplace practices. Corporate giant Starbucks has been in the news recently because of their scheduling technology and how it affects workers with children, originally covered in the New York Times. Now, more Starbucks employees are coming out of the woodwork to criticize the chain’s inconsistent scheduling system and how it does not cater to parents. More »

Cliché Handbooks For New Dads Are Offensive, Not Cute

Cliché Handbooks For New Dads Are Offensive, Not Cute

I know we have all seen them before, and maybe you have even purchased one as a cutesy, tongue-in-cheek baby shower gift. But I’m here to tell you something you may not want to hear, some profound truths that may fill you full of regret at ever thinking commercialized “new dad” handbooks were a good gift idea. Kitschy new dad handbooks are not cute. They are offensive and continue to reinforce the tired, bumbling dad trope. More »

10 Mundane Things That Are Awesome After You Become A Parent

10 Mundane Things That Are Awesome After You Become A Parent

Probably my favorite thing about being a parent, besides the kids that I love so dearly, is how much parenting has lowered my expectations. Now, when I do anything that was once considered normal, it is so EXHILARATING because I hardly ever leave the house. This is not a tale of woe or mommy martyrdom; I actually appreciate how my shut-in status has made me excited about mundane, everyday crap. More »

Blaming Robin Williams’ Depression On Past Abortion Is Disrespectful And None Of Your Business

Blaming Robin Williamsâ Depression On Past Abortion Is Disrespectful And None Of Your Business

It has been a few days, and I am still saddened by Robin Williams’ passing. At a personal level, his suicide hit home for me because I also grew up with a father who I believe struggled with mental illness. In the aftermath in the news and on social media, I feel like I have learned a lot about depression through his passing—from the heartfelt insight of others who have been close to suicide themselves. But I would never dare speculate about the details of Robin’s death or his personal reasons for doing so. It is not my place, and it is disrespectful to his wonderful memory. More »