When I went back to work, I was very concerned about how my relationship with my children would change. Having stayed at home with them for a few years, I knew them like the back of my hand and had become quite adept in all ways of caring for them. Thinking about how it would go as a working mom made me worry about whether the closeness we had would fade away over time as I let Momma Daycare take over. More
When it comes to circumcision, I did not need much convincing when it came to how we would handle it if we ever had a son. My husband is circumcised and to be honest, I did not think too hard about whether we would do it for any male children we had- as far as I was concerned, it was a foregone conclusion. More
My kids are currently zoned out on the TV while I write and I sit here twitching knowing the next week is going to be quite difficult because not only were we all off together last week, my husband was off the entire two weeks prior. That means that they have not had to be anywhere by 7:30am for three whole weeks and are now in several bad habits that must be broken quickly if I am to keep my working mom routine humming. More
As parents, we all have struggles in raising our kids. Anyone who says they do not struggle with parenting in some fashion is either delusional or lying. As a mother, I pride myself on my ability to see my kids and the way I parent them with completely clear vision. I know their flaws, I know their strengths and I know my own as well. I am the first one to point out when I have done something wrong in parenting and I am also the first to notice if my kids are acting a fool. That said, my kids are absolutely fabulous eaters but I would never judge you for your picky kid. More
As mothers, we are undeniably different in a myriad of ways. The choices we make for our children since birth sometimes come to define the way we think of ourselves as parents. Some of us breastfeed exclusively until our babies arenâ€™t babies. Some go straight to formula. Some homeschool or unschool or nature school while others prefer good old fashioned public school. Some cosleep and others think a crib down the hall ensures everyone gets the best rest. No matter how tolerant we are of each otherâ€™s choices, we undoubtedly have opinions about what is best. Thatâ€™s because weâ€™re mothers and we (mostly) care deeply about these seemingly menial choices. At times, they can feel like the most important thing in our universe.
I recently talked about all of the stupid things no working mother wants to hear and it’s just so true- there are many detractors and lots of hurdles in the life of a working mom. However, there are also a lot of bright spots and reasons why it is actually kind of great to be a working mom. More
A little humble pie is good for everyone now and then – but I feel like I’ve had to gorge myself on it. I don’t know if I was optimistic before I had kids or just really, really delusional. I truly had this image of what my maternal self would look like. Spoiler alert: she looks nothing like I thought she would. More
My husbandâ€™s van hasnâ€™t even turned off our street yet and the bat signal is already up. HELP ME, it reads. HELP ME NOT BE HOME ALONE WITH THIS KID. I scroll through my contacts, shamelessly asking any and all friends, family, even enemies who might be willing to spend a few hours, a morning, any time at all with my toddler and me so that he and I donâ€™t have to spend a blessed moment alone together.
And I suppose I get it- the baby doesn’t know any better so you may as well decorate to your heart’s content but the fact is, your baby will eventually be a child and children like things meant for them. They will not appreciate the $400 ottoman made of white minky fabric that you commissioned from a local furniture designer. They will give exactly zero shits about that fancy crib bedding you had made with custom fabrics that took weeks to select. They will laugh in the face of the elaborate shit you’ve hung on the wall above the crib as they rip it down once they learn to pull up. It will be a graphic first lesson in how kid’s take your dreams and literally shred them to bits! More
I use the word “star” in the loosest of terms but ok, fine. Kelly Cutrone, former TV “star” from The Hills, is in the news today for opining about how life is sooo hard on her meager salary of one million dollars a year. She lives in New York City and that barely covers her pricey nanny, parking fees, private school tuition and taxes, ya’ll! I am about to go cry a river for her but I need to bitch this out first. More
Claire is now nearly seven years old and my initial feelings have been right all along. As a baby, she hit all of her physical milestones early and while I didn’t think it meant she was Super Baby, I did wonder if the fact that she went from walking at nine months to practically jogging at ten meant anything for her future. More
Most of you have undoubtedly noticed that here at Mommyish, we are kind of obsessed with parenting styles. We have been tossing around ideas for several weeks and in a discussion the other day, we were all “what about the Duggars?” and I was all “I’M ON IT!” More
But what does it take to be a Juggalo parent? Juggalo parenting goes way beyond simply dropping out of the third grade to start a meth lab. No, to mold a proper Ninja or Ninjette, you need to truly commit to the Juggalo lifestyle, or risk committing that most heinous of crimes – creating a Jugga-ho More
Iâ€™ve worn her at my big kidâ€™s elementary-school science fairs, talent shows and school plays. Iâ€™ve worn her at music festivals and street fairs. (Tell me you can drink a beer, dance and comfortably hold your wriggly kid all the while keeping her safe from drunken concert-goers.) Iâ€™ve worn her through museums and zoos and on hikes through Glacier National Park. Iâ€™ve worn her to pick up packages at the post office and while we wait for her check-up at the pediatrician. (No thanks. Iâ€™d rather not have my kid lick that toy that your tuberculosis-racked toddler just licked.). More