Topic: parenting

Mom Enters Unborn Baby In Beauty Pageant Based On Ultrasound, Needs Better Hobbies And Values

Mom Enters Unborn Baby In Beauty Pageant Based On Ultrasound, Needs Better Hobbies And Values

I’m not one to judge, but I think it’s fair to say that baby beauty pageants are a nonsensical cesspool of narcissism and ignorance. Now, that’s just one opinion. However, there is a story out today about a six-week-old who was named runner up in a competition her mother entered her into before she was born. So, I’m going to go ahead and call that Exhibit A. More »

I Love Christmas But I Hate Elf On The Shelf

I Love Christmas But I Hate Elf On The Shelf

I started writing for Mommyish in May of this year and I am not joking when I tell you that I have been waiting since then to write about Elf on the Shelf. More specifically, why I think Elf on the Shelf is the worst thing to happen to Christmas since fruit cake. I know plenty of parents think this is a harmless new tradition to enhance the “magic” of the season for their little ones but I don’t see it that way.
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Finally, A Celebrity Speaks Some Truth About What It’s Like Having Twins

Finally, A Celebrity Speaks Some Truth About What Itâs Like Having Twins

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s twins arrived three weeks after mine were born. I remember buying the People Magazine issue with the first photos of Lopez and the twins in it. There was a nursery filled with white bedding and an enormous chandelier, there was Lopez bottle-feeding a twin while wearing a cocktail dress and a smile, and there were both parents running down a gravel driveway while pushing baby carriages and laughing. I wiped some baby vomit off my shirt, redid my oily ponytail, and said, “You lie, Lopez. You lie.” More »

My Cats Were My Babies Before I Had Kids, Now I Forget They Exist

My Cats Were My Babies Before I Had Kids, Now I Forget They Exist

When I was 25, I adopted two cats from my local animal shelter. I named them Kinky and Diva and I loved them up. Those cats were my little bitty kitties that I wanted to wrap up in tortillas, shove in my pocket, and nibble on all day long. Just thinking about them running out of the house and getting lost would make me cry. Diva was in my lap whenever I sat down, and I scratched Kinky’s head so much that my hands cramped. Five years after I adopted them, I had kids. And things changed. More »

Having A Child Who Doesn’t Sleep Is A Form Of Mom Torture And I’m Barely Surviving

Having A Child Who Doesn't Sleep Is A Form Of Mom Torture And I'm Barely Surviving

As a new mom, you think that nothing can possibly touch the early days- your baby is hungry several times during the night, barely naps during the day and might even need to be laying on your chest to sleep at all. No doubt, the first months can be very difficult in regard to sleep and sometimes, even the entire first year. However, while most babies do start to sleep through the night eventually, there are some babies that grow into toddlers and children that still do not sleep through the night. More »

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 »

Mean People Are A Part Of Life So Kids Should Get Used To Them Now

Mean People Are A Part Of Life So Kids Should Get Used To Them Now

It’s only natural to want to shield your kids from every sort of hurt. I have cried myself to sleep before worrying about the future and my kids being bullied or disliked. Just the thought of them being left out or feeling lonely is enough to get my lower lip quivering. It is a very normal instinct as a parent to step in and try to stop the hurt from happening but we need to fight this urge, particularly when it comes to letting our kids learn to deal with mean people. More »

Parents Make A Big Mistake When They Let Their Kids Call The Shots

Parents Make A Big Mistake When They Let Their Kids Call The Shots

I love my kids more than anything but let me be clear- my husband and I are unquestionably in charge. We listen to our kids and their opinions. They know that we value their point-of-view and will hear them out as long as they are being reasonable. We have open discussions with them where they are able to express their feelings but in the end, my husband and I have the final say with most things and our kids know it. 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 »

Let’s Stop Lying About How Much Screen Time Our Kids Get

Let's Stop Lying About How Much Screen Time Our Kids Get

Hey, you. Yes, you, the one who has one eye on her computer and the other on her smart phone while the TV is on in the background. Listen, I know there is a ton of bad press out there about how damaging screen time is to your kids and that you firmly believe that it will rot your child’s brain and send them all kinds of terrible messages about consumerism and the appropriateness of Selena Gomez as a role model. But guess what? Screen time isn’t going to kill your kid. It’s not going to kill them even a little dead. 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 »