Topic: parenting

Bringing Home Baby: Expectations Vs. Reality

Bringing Home Baby: Expectations Vs. Reality

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had sky-high expectations for how certain things would go once we brought her home from the hospital. Of course I had heard horror stories about sleepless nights, nursing difficulties, leaky boobs and a deflated post-partum stomach but obviously, it would all be different FOR ME. I would be the shining exception to every crappy bringing home baby rule. My house would be neat and tidy, my baby would be held for hours and doted on and I would bounce back to normal, lickity split. More »

The Movies From My Childhood That I Could Not Wait To Show My Kids

The Movies From My Childhood That I Could Not Wait To Show My Kids

Everyone has favorite movies from when they were a kid. For me, they take me right back in time and make me feel happy and innocent with a bonus of entertaining me. I have a long list of movies from my childhood that I could not wait to show my kids because they hold such great memories of a simpler time in my life. These movies helped shape who I am today- much like books, they showed me glimpses into other cultures, other times and other ways of life. More »

This Stay-At-Home Dad Wants To Ban Play-dates And It’s Just Not Possible

This Stay-At-Home Dad Wants To Ban Play-dates And It's Just Not Possible

Chicago stay-at-home dad Chris Bernholdt is in the news today for stating that the play date should be abolished in favor of spontaneity for kids. I see where he is coming from, truly. I am definitely in favor of the way things “used to be” when we were kids with more unstructured play, more outdoor play and less parental intervention but in 2014, I just don’t think it is possible to ban play-dates. More »

Stop It Already With The Pinterest-Perfect First Birthday Smash Cakes

Stop It Already With The Pinterest-Perfect First Birthday Smash Cakes

For my first child’s first birthday, I made a shitty little box cake at home for her to “smash” and left the big cake to the professionals at Wegman’s bakery. By my second child’s first birthday, I felt that even that was unnecessary and just gave him a slice of the regular cake that I had ordered for the party. Just as adorbs and not at all expensive or a pain in the ass. I had decided it was super stupid to spend major coin (or a ton of my own time) on a cake solely for the purpose of tiny toddler fingers to mush it all up- that is a waste of perfectly good cake and makes my heart sad! Come on, ya’ll- the babies don’t deserve it! More »

Summer Camp Is Like Parenting

 Summer Camp Is Like Parenting

It all got me thinking of how badass summer camp is for a kid. I learned a heckuva lot of life lessons, and some sticky enough you even know it in your six to 11 year old mind, like, “Hey! I think this is one of those life lessons!” They’re the kind of A-has! that keep you cozy through middle school mayhem, college shenanigans and those wayward twenties. More »

You’ll Let Anyone Hold Your Second Baby – Trust Me

You'll Let Anyone Hold Your Second Baby - Trust Me

When I had my first baby, we were living in NYC. For some reason, the minute people walked in to my house to visit us, or when we met people who wanted to hold him in the street, my mind immediately created an inventory of all the gross things they’d probably touched before reaching for my child. Not only that, I was super apprehensive about people getting too close to him. I’ll chalk that up to new parent jitters, because basically the only requirement for holding my second child is that whoever does it is conscious. More »

Your Kid’s Milestones Have Nothing To Do With How Good A Parent You Are

Your Kid's Milestones Have Nothing To Do With How Good A Parent You Are

Milestones – they will be the bane of your parental existence. Is my child walking on time? Talking on time? Is he social? Should he be able to ride that scooter? Barring some very obvious developmental delays, why do we care? I’m going to venture a guess; I think the reason we even think about these things is that it’s an easy way to measure how we’re doing as parents. Or so we think. My second kid taught me we are completely off the mark with that. More »

Yes, I Raise My Voice To My Child

Yes, I Raise My Voice To My Child

Yes, I raise my voice to my child. This isn’t one of those posts defending my actions, it’s just an admission. I’ve read all of the studies that say yelling at your kids is damaging, and realistically I understand that it is. What I don’t understand is, how do I become one of those parents who insists they never raise their voice? More »

My Kid Just Puked In My Mouth. How Do I Return This Thing?

My Kid Just Puked In My Mouth. How Do I Return This Thing?

There is an important detail about parenting that people tend to leave out when they talk about it; it can be fucking disgusting. Disgusting things happen to you when you are a parent and you just have to suck it up, try not to puke, and pretend enduring these things is totally normal. Case in point – vomit in the mouth. Who besides a parent has ever experienced another human vomiting in their mouth? No one. It doesn’t happen. But it happens to parents. Yay, us! More »

I Won’t Hesitate To Pluck My 7-Year Old’s Eyebrows If She Asks Me To

I Won't Hesitate To Pluck My 7-Year Old's Eyebrows If She Asks Me To

I am half Italian. I was literally born hairy and have dealt with getting rid of unwanted hair for over 20 years of my life. I barely give it a second thought now- it’s just part of my personal hygiene routine. Any woman of Mediterranean descent can relate, I’m sure. I love my cultural background for so many reasons and I look at the extra hair I have to pluck out a few times a week as penance for also having a full head of thick hair on my head and an olive-toned complexion that browns after 20 minutes in the sun. More »