I cannot blame my mother for telling me something that I clearly did yet want to know. My aunt had just recently converted to Jehovahâs Witnesses, so I had been asking a lot of uncomfortable questions about why my cousins werenât getting Christmas presents, and I think my mom was just getting tired of having to make up increasingly elaborate lies. I would like to think that I wouldnât lie to my daughter, either, or, at the very least, that I raise my daughter to not lie about the big things. More
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And so I went for the first of many blood tests. When the results came back, my hormone levels were that of a woman in her late 60s. My OB was over her head and quickly referred me to a specialist. Fast forward five to six blood tests and two months and the answer was clear- my ovaries were cobweb collectors. More
I understand that in being a first-time parent you will be in awe of every single thing the child does, but my daughter-in-law is over the top and to be around her parenting style is exhausting. More
Before I had a child of my own, I merely disliked them. They made me long for those proverbial âgood olâ days,â when children were seen and not heard. A golden age of yore when they had it half right (I mean, Iâd rather not see them either, truth be told). However, thanks to their mother and grandmother, who, God only know why, have worked them up to a fever pitch over my new baby, my feelings have escalated to complete abhorrence (yes, I consulted a thesaurus in composing this piece). More
Iâm not someone who checks the sex offender registry regularly or thinks about it all that much. I checked it before we bought our house four years ago and maybe twice since. So when a friend mentioned she had found an old high school classmate on there, it occurred to me it had been a while and it might be worth a look. I was not prepared for what I found. More
With my first child, my husband was very excited to be part of the whole having-a-baby process. He loyally attended every prenatal appointment, went to the labor classes, and helped me pick a dula. When it came time to actually push out the child, I knew it would be mostly on me. He tried to be helpful, but ultimately, he clearly got frustrated by how long it took, got bored, and was generally not a fan of the process. I knew he would be kicked out of the room once I started pushing (part of the reason I felt I needed a dula), but I wanted him out way sooner. More
I may be the only person who hasnât heard of it. A random commenter used the term, “Mombie.” Hello, lightbulb! What a wonderful, wonderful term. Of course, itâs not new, as I confirmed on Urban Dictionary. The word, “mombie” is the by far the most fitting word for the mommies I know. And yes, I despise “mommies,” “mama bears,” and all other “mom.” flavored names. I am a mom or mother. More
He was extremely abusive. I wasn’t allowed to use birth control or have a job. My job was home in the kitchen, and that’s that. I almost lost our second at five months pregnant from taking a steel toe boot to the back. After three years, the physical abuse tapered off, but it was daily verbal abuse. I was called a “bitch,” “dirty cunt” and a “whore” daily, in front of the kids. Our second daughter was a HUGE disappointment to him, as it was his third girl, and she has autism. More
I am horrified when I hear my older sister Allison call my 10-year-old niece things like “fat ass” and “gordo.” It’s been going on for quite a while now, well before my niece hit her tweens and started gaining a bit of puberty weight. I often wonder if the weight she has gained is something unrelated or if it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy brought on by her mom’s insistence that she was heavy long before weight was ever an issue.Â Â I was uncomfortable when my sister called her “fat thigh baby” when she was three, I was shocked and dismayed the first time she called her “Miss Piggy” at five and I’m still unnerved every time she says those things now. More
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I did what I was âsupposed toâ do. I breastfed for a year. I fed on demand. We co-slept. I was a babywearing champion. No cry went unattended. My SuperMom badge was due to arrive any day. And I loved it when my son was an infant.
But then he turned into a super clingy toddler and even clingier preschooler. Now at nearly six years old he canât play by himself. More
Toward the very end of my pregnancy, I was searching one of those “see how many predators live near you” sites, and Jacob’s picture popped up. I thought I was going to throw up. The idea that I had slept with a sex offender just made me feel ill. Still, I thought to myself, at least I didn’t breed with him.
After my daughter was born, the guy I was seeing demanded a paternity test. Okay, whatever I thought. I took it. More
Between the two of us, my wife and I, both introverts, have been lucky enough to create and sustain two very close and very strong friendships with two different and married heterosexual women. One of them started what I call “casually” trying in June – essentially the “Let’s throw the birth control out the window and see what happens” approach. The other one became pregnant in June after three months of somewhat focused trying – attempting to have intercourse on/around the days she was predicted to ovulate, according to her iPhone app. We are exceedingly happy for both of them and wish both of them happy, healthy babies. We have been cheering them on, supporting them, discussing babies with them, etc. And they try to do the same for us. More
All but one of my girlfriends has split families where they only have their kids two to three nights a week and every other weekend. When they call me or I call them weâll shoot the shit for awhile and theyâll tell me how last night (when they were childless) they got their hair done, or nails did, or went to the movie, or out to supper and it was SO AWESOME!!!! And OMGâS!!! What did you do last night?!?!?! I swear, if I bit my tongue and harder itâd bleed and thatâs when I tell them, same old stuff, played with the boys cooked supper, did chores and went to bed. More