Topic: childrearing

10 Most Ridiculous Depictions Of Parenthood From The ‘It’s Like They Know Us’ Tumblr

10 Most Ridiculous Depictions Of Parenthood From The 'It's Like They Know Us' Tumblr

Some of you may have picked up on the fact that I love to lampoon stupidly expensive stuff that is totally unrealistic for families with children. In the past, I have skewered American Girl dolls, ridiculous nurseries meant for grown-ups and the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I realize that these companies are not trying to make product set-ups that regular people can relate to and that they are selling a fantasy rather than reflecting the reality of the typical family but I still find it laughable that they even try to shill a bright white couch for a child’s playroom. Or that they think a 7-year old girl should have a $300 “parlor” for her $125 doll. It is all pretty silly and making fun of it is a great hobby. More »

It’s Ok To Be Sad That Your Child Is Not Attractive But Fixating On It Makes You The Ugly One

It's Ok To Be Sad That Your Child Is Not Attractive But Fixating On It Makes You The Ugly One

I’m pretty confident that most parents have had this concern at some point- that their child might not be the cutest baby ever born. Maybe it was during pregnancy and you worried about whether or not your baby would be one of the ones where friends and family would say “OH! She’s…..precious!” Or maybe when your baby was born, you fell in love but thought his nose was kind of big compared to the rest of his face or that he resembled Winston Churchill a little bit. I get it, it’s normal- no parent wants to think of their child being made fun of or not being seen by everyone else the way that you see them- as the most beautiful thing on the planet. The thing is, it is ok to be a little concerned that your child is not attractive but fixating on it makes you the ugly one. More »

Pub Jokes It Will ‘Nail Your Kids To Your Table,’ Cue Offended Parents

Pub Jokes It Will 'Nail Your Kids To Your Table,' Cue Offended Parents

We’ve all seen the signs some establishments post about what will happen if children are allowed to run loose. The one I think of off-hand is the “unattended children will be given an espresso and a free kitten.” The signs are a funny reminder that a business will not tolerate children running around disturbing their customers. A English pub tried making their own version of the sign this week, and may have missed the humor mark. Well, with parents anyway. More »

We Are All Great Moms When We Play To Our Strengths

We Are All Great Moms When We Play To Our Strengths

I know we can all tend to get bogged down by the Pinterest-perfect lives depicted by other moms. Or maybe we are jealous of that working mom that seems to have her act together in every way possible while we struggle with a mountain of laundry, just trying to squeak by. We all have our good points as parents and of course, we all have weaknesses. However, we are all great moms when we play to our strengths. More »

I Am Not The Mom I Imagined I Would Be

I Am Not The Mom I Imagined I Would Be

I had a million ideas of what my mom-self would look like. Having struggled with infertility before my first child, I had years to think about it. I fantasized about the mother I would become – so much so that she kind of took on a life of her own. She was amazing, this future me. I crafted her perfectly in my mind, convinced I knew what she would look like. More »

Speech Therapy Has Changed My Daughter’s Life For The Better

Speech Therapy Has Changed My Daughter's Life For The Better

My daughter Alicia’s talk was almost all self-directed. She would tell incredible stories – but only to herself, which meant there was never a need for her to clarify what she was saying. I kept wondering if her mispronunciations were the result of a lack of practice, or if there was something else going on. So I was pleased that a referral for a speech evaluation came out of her screening, even if I anticipated a lengthy wait before we’d get the phone call. More »

I Have A Favorite Child And I Bet You Do, Too

I Have A Favorite Child And I Bet You Do, Too

I still have a favorite. It can vary based on recent frequency of tantrums and who let me get more sleep last night, but in general I think of one as better behaved and sweeter than his brother. On days that aren’t total chaos I take a step back and realize that they are both cuddly and both bratty in pretty much equal measure. I am aware of my bias and trying to eliminate it, or at the very least, to not make it obvious. But still I find myself getting frustrated more quickly with one twin, placing him in time out after pulling him off of the chair his brother was jumping on so cutely only minutes ago. More »

How Not To Act On Public Transportation With Your Child

How Not To Act On Public Transportation With Your Child

Is there anyone out there who likes taking public transportation? I am not talking about hopping on the bus once in a while for a quick jaunt downtown, or taking the subway for a special event. I mean the everyday, rain or shine, squeezed in between the guy with the briefcase jamming into your back and the guy whose iPhone you are trying hard – but maybe not too hard – not to read. When you have toddlers to corral — the fun never stops. More »