Topic: being a mom

When Your Child Asks If Santa Is Real, You Need To Tell Them The Truth

When Your Child Asks If Santa Is Real, You Need To Tell Them The Truth

I always told myself that once my kids were old enough to form the question and verbalize their doubts about Santa, that I would come clean. I really don’t like lying to my kids even if it is “for a good cause” so I figured that while they were little enough to buy into the magic without much embellishment from me, I would let them believe. I decided that once they started asking in an intelligent and thoughtful way whether or not Santa was real, I would be honest. Well, that day is here- and it’s breaking my heart. More »

I Can’t Protect My Daughter From Future Body Image Issues

I Can't Protect My Daughter From Future Body Image Issues

How hard it is to parent without projection. To not imagine the rope course in elementary school gym class, the thick yellow braids that seemed to hang down from the sky, causing my heart to race. The humiliation of barely allowing my feet to leave the ground before I turned around, my hands stinging from the rope, admitting defeat. Or how I never learned to do a cartwheel, because I just couldn’t trust my own body. More »

8 Annoying Ways People Judge New Parents

8 Annoying Ways People Judge New Parents

When you become a parent, it’s almost like throwing a sign around your neck that says “JUDGE ME, PLEASE!” It begins when you are pregnant but gets so much worse once your child is born. A lot of the judgment comes from more seasoned parents who think they know better (which, they probably do, but we’ve all been there so hush your mouth). Hearing it from all sides, what people think you should be doing with your child, can be incredibly annoying and can also make you second-guess yourself. More »

Being The Fun Parent Is The Best

Being The Fun Parent Is The Best

When my first child was born, I had not given much thought about what type of parent I would be. I don’t mean a particular parenting style- I just couldn’t picture how I would interact with my kids. I am kind of a strange person in that I am very anxious about certain things but extremely laid-back about others. I honestly had no idea how it would translate for me as a mother. More »

How To Embarrass Your Kids In 10 Easy Steps

How To Embarrass Your Kids In 10 Easy Steps

Kids are always humiliated by their parents — they always have been and they always will be. And if you are a parent like my mother is and like I am, you relish this. My mother’s favorite move was to start singing and dancing to whatever oldies music was playing in the grocery store. I know, right? It was awful. Which is why I plan to do the same thing to my children. The difference is that I will be awesome, because I will be dancing to the Beastie Boys and I am going to look damn good doing it. So suck on it, kids. More »

Decorating The Christmas Tree With Kids Is A Nightmare I Dread Every Year

Decorating The Christmas Tree With Kids Is A Nightmare I Dread Every Year

Before I had children, I would daydream about the fun things I would do with them around the holidays. One of those daydreams centered around a fun, family day spent picking out a Christmas tree, bringing it home and eating take-out together before we decorate it. We do all of that every year and I always start out with such Norman Rockwell-esque hopes but then, we take out my precious ornaments and all hell breaks loose. More »

8 Things To Never Volunteer For At Your Kid’s School

8 Things To Never Volunteer For At Your Kid's School

A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany. I was sitting on my couch at 11:30 pm snipping the cottony ends off of 1600 Q-tips for a Halloween skeleton craft I was arranging for my daughter’s second grade class party. As my hands throbbed, I wondered to myself- WHY do I always volunteer for the dumbest and most tedious tasks ever? When will I ever learn to just say no and instead, be the mom who buys a jug of apple juice and calls it a day? More »

My Outgoing Child Makes Me Stand Out When All I Want To Do Is Blend In

My Outgoing Child Makes Me Stand Out When All I Want To Do Is Blend In

I am not what one would call a shy person. I like to talk to people, I make friends easily and I spent years performing in musicals and singing on stage. I enjoy being in those kinds of situations but I do want it to be on my own terms. When I am out and about running errands or chilling out on my front porch, I am usually content to keep to myself and would rather not take center stage. For the last few years, I have not been given a choice in the matter as my son is a very outgoing child and engages people everywhere we go, whether I like it or not. More »

10 Awesome Perks Of Life With ‘Big Kids’

10 Awesome Perks Of Life With 'Big Kids'

My children are seven and five. I love life with “big kids” but I would be a liar if I didn’t say that sometimes, I pine for their baby and toddler years. It was sweet to have a little baby snuggled on my chest or a tiny human grabbing my hand and hanging on for dear life. These days, my kids run off without me and play on their own and I am left to my own devices. It still makes me a bit sad that I am not as needed as I once was but when it comes down to it, there are a lot of perks to your kids getting older and becoming more independent. More »

10 Things You Won’t Believe Your Kid Is Telling Their Kindergarten Teacher

10 Things You Won't Believe Your Kid Is Telling Their Kindergarten Teacher

I have a close family member that has taught kindergarten for several years. Her stories are a highlight of our family parties and the hilarious (and embarrassing) things her young students share with her never disappoint. The moral of the story for those of us in my family with kids has always been to be careful what we say and do in front of our little ones because they are probably listening a lot more closely than we think. More »

8 Things Every Mother Will Have To ‘Let’ Her Daughter Do At Some Point

8 Things Every Mother Will Have To 'Let' Her Daughter Do At Some Point

When I found out my first child was a girl, I was a little freaked out. I grew up with brothers and though my gut told me she would be a girl, part of me was sort of hoping I would have all boys because I felt more comfortable with the idea of raising them. One would think that being a woman myself would make me capable but really, it just made me all the more aware of how awkward it can be to raise a girl. More »

Scary Mommy: 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

Scary Mommy: 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

Before becoming a mom, I had never asked the question, “Is it okay for this child to use my sock as toilet paper?” Or, after my two-year-old sprinkled her great grandparents ashes in her hair, I asked, “How much soap does it take to get human remains out of someone’s hair?” The answer: A lot. But I have asked these questions, now, and I can never go back. More »