Topic: parenting styles

I Am Not Living Up To My Expectations As A Working Mom

I Am Not Living Up To My Expectations As A Working Mom

Fast forward to now and I can confidently say that my mother must actually be some kind of cyborg robot. Either that, or I totally suck at this. I stayed at home for my first three years as a mother and that was interesting as I had no blueprint for how things should go having never witnessed this kind of arrangement. I kept up with the house fairly well and I tried very hard to be a loving and present mother. I was not too happy staying at home but I had my groove and keeping our household humming wasn’t that hard for me. More »

My Fiancé And I Have Totally Different Parenting Styles And We Probably Should Have Discussed This

My Fiancé And I Have Totally Different Parenting Styles And We Probably Should Have Discussed This

I’ve come to realize – a little too late – what a couple SHOULD talk about before having a baby is not how you don’t like the name Kelly, because that was the name of the girl who bullied you throughout school, but about PARENTING STYLES.

Oops! It turns out that my fiancé and I have somewhat different parenting styles, which I really only realized in the last few weeks. Our son is 21 months old. More »

I Refuse To Read A Parenting Book By Anyone Who Names His Kid This

I Refuse To Read A Parenting Book By Anyone Who Names His Kid This

There is no lack of parenting advice out there. Ask a question and you will find that hordes of authors have lined up to answer it. Sociologist by training Dalton Conley agrees, but still thought he would give the parenting advice genre a stab with his new book, Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask. It should be called, If You’re Wealthy Enough To Afford Therapy For Your Kids You Can Do Whatever You Want. More »

Our Kids Are Great In Spite Of Us, Not Because Of Us

Our Kids Are Great In Spite Of Us, Not Because Of Us

That’s why I’m done with “parenting styles.” Well, I’m not done making fun of them of course – because I need to get paid for doing something. But I’m done actually believing for one second that anyone really has a formula for doing it better than anyone else. Let’s give our kids some credit and realize that more often than not they are great in spite of us, not because of us. More »