Author Archives: Valerie Williams

The Five Stages You Should Worry About More Than The Terrible Two’s

The Five Stages You Should Worry About More Than The Terrible Two's

The phrase “terrible two’s” has been part of our parenting vernacular for decades and there is some truth to it. For both of my children, it was a difficult age for various reasons and I was eager to see it go. Part of that might have been the hype about how awful two-year old’s can be because now looking back, it was far from the worst stage. There are so many other stages after (and in hindsight, before) that are so much worse. More »

10 Reasons You Are Suffering From Mom Guilt This Week

10 Reasons You Are Suffering From Mom Guilt This Week

Mom guilt. It is so insidious and can creep up on you when you least expect it. Whether it’s an innocent question from your little one that stirs up feelings of yuck (“Momma, why you so grumpy at me?”) or thoughts of inadequacy spurred on by the extreme mothering of the Pinterest- perfect crowd (ugh, quit it with the crafting already) I can guarantee there were moments in the last week where you had twinges of mom guilt. More »

There Is No ‘Right Age’ For A Babysitter

There Is No 'Right Age' For A Babysitter

We have yet to hire a babysitter outside of our family and regular daycare providers. We don’t go out a whole ton but we are fortunate that my parents or brother typically say yes when we need a babysitter. This is mostly a cost-saving measure as well as a way of ensuring our kids get some quality time with their grandparents or uncle. However, if and when we do hire someone outside of family I don’t know that I have a particular age in mind as much as a particular level of responsibility and trust-worthiness. I really believe there is no “right age” for a babysitter. More »

Kazakhstan Warns Against The Greatest Threat To Your Children And It’s SpongeBob

Kazakhstan Warns Against The Greatest Threat To Your Children And It's SpongeBob

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and wants to corrupt your child’s soul? If you believe Kazakhstan’s education ministry, it is the one and only Saturday morning child distraction method otherwise known as SpongeBob Squarepants. When you are finished laughing, keep reading to find out why Kazakhstan warns against Spongebob and feels he is a grave threat to your children in all of his yellow, absorbent glory. More »