Topic: childrearing

Even Though They Caused My Wrinkles, My Kids Still Keep Me Young

Even Though They Caused My Wrinkles, My Kids Still Keep Me Young

The kids don’t help. Between my own children, and the children I spent many years with in the classroom, I can map out every fine line on my face based on what horrified expression I was making at the time. “Why are you eating that??” which covers both toddlers and 4th graders, explains the three deep lines that would require more serious intervention should I choose to fix them.  I snore now. My ankles pop. I fall asleep most nights by 10:15. More »

10 Signs That You’re Ready To Have Another Baby

10 Signs That You're Ready To Have Another Baby

I know most logical responsible people would say look at how much money you make, the area where you live, how responsible and patient you are – blah, blah, blah. I’m sort of a pretend adult so I can’t give you any of that advice; I can just pass on some things that showed me I was ready. Who am I kidding – my second child wasn’t planned! More »

Proud Mommy Moment: My Kid Dropped The S-Bomb And Used It Right

Proud Mommy Moment: My Kid Dropped The S-Bomb And Used It Right

There are plenty of things that my kid does that I find remarkable. They probably aren’t really that special, but something about watching the fruit of your loins do mundane things for the first time is entertaining. The first time they sit-up, crawl, walk, make eye-contact; these are all things that make parents proud. My son dropped the s-bomb and used it in the right context when he was less than three years old, and I’m telling you it’s a moment I will never forget. I was proud. More »

The Next Person Who Tells Me My Child Looks ‘Too Big For A Stroller’ Is Going To Get Throat-Punched

The Next Person Who Tells Me My Child Looks 'Too Big For A Stroller' Is Going To Get Throat-Punched

My child just turned three years old. He’s already over three-and-a-half feet tall and wears a size 12 shoe. He’s always been tall for his age, and it’s always presented some interesting situations. The current one I am dealing with has to do with his stroller, and how much it seems to offend people that I occasionally use it. More »

Tattoos, Piercings, And Other Things I’ll Never Let Into My Home

Tattoos, Piercings, And Other Things I'll Never Let Into My Home

I’m going to sound old and out of touch now – but I’m okay with that. My children will not have tattoos, piercings other than basic ear piercing, or any other permanent body alterations done while they are living under my roof. Not because I dislike tattoos or piercings – but because I believe there are some boundaries that should be set by parents, so kids are forced to wait until they are mature enough to make certain decisions. More »

Since I’ve Had Kids, I’ve Become A Horrible Pet-Mom

Since I've Had Kids, I've Become A Horrible Pet-Mom

My mother used to tell me that in her next life she wanted to be a cat in my house. I’ve always adored my pets and prided myself on being a great cat-mom. Since I’ve had kids, this has all changed. I ‘m starting to notice that I have less and less patience with this little furry being. You see, my cat is kind of a jerk, and I am so exhausted from caring for actual children that I don’t know if I have the patience for it anymore.
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Take One Minute To Watch This Video That Sums Up Why Parenting Is The Best And The Worst

Take One Minute To Watch This Video That Sums Up Why Parenting Is The Best And The Worst

All those things that become silly stereotypes and seem a little exaggerated when read about or seen in a movie really do happen; I went to work with puke in my hair once. Another time, I actually fell asleep on the toilet when I got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Do you know how tired you have to be to fall asleep on the toilet? Parenting is exhausting. More »