Topic: being a mom

When Your Formula Kid Is The Healthier One It’s Hard To Believe In Breastfeeding

When Your Formula Kid Is The Healthier One It's Hard To Believe In Breastfeeding

There have been a number of studies done on the benefits of breast-feeding and Lord knows there are many people in a new mother’s life that will extol said benefits ad nauseum in an effort to promote the “breast is best” bandwagon that all the hip kids are jumping on these days. As a new mom, I mostly believed it because this notion is so wide-spread. OF COURSE I would breast-feed because it would make my baby a magical, healthy unicorn that never got sick. More »

10 Gingerbread House Fails That Will Make You Feel Like Martha Stewart

10 Gingerbread House Fails That Will Make You Feel Like Martha Stewart

This is when it dawned on me that some people actually BAKE these things and that is what they thought I had done. I can barely bake a cookie so the pre-made kits are the only way and I also enjoy having my sanity intact so all parts fitting perfectly is a win. I figured failed gingerbread houses must look pretty funny and immediately took to the Google where I found so many fails I could hardly keep up. More »

Husbands Are The Natural Enemy Of Work-At-Home Moms

Husbands Are The Natural Enemy Of Work-At-Home Moms

When you think of a work-at-home mom, you probably envision a harried woman in yoga pants desperately trying to accomplish something while children buzz around her and something burns in the toaster. You might be right, although I am lucky my kids are in elementary school so unless they have a day off, I am afforded sweet, sweet silence. On the days they are home, I am usually able to occupy them long enough to get some work done. It is not ideal but we do what we have to do. The person I have not figured out how to occupy is my husband. More »

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 »