Topic: parenting

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 »

My Kid Is Better Off In Daycare Than At Home With Me

My Kid Is Better Off In Daycare Than At Home With Me

My child started daycare when he was about three-and-a-half. Knowing what I know now about how much he loves it, I’m probably going to put my daughter in a year early. It’s not a full time situation, it’s 12 hours a week. That’s a four hour block, three times a week when I don’t have to worry about my kid or wonder if he is bored. It’s awesome. He comes home with crafts and is ready for a nap. Win, win. More »

If You’re A Rich, Gorgeous Woman Who Happens To Have A Few Kids Laying Around, Read Mothermag.com

If You're A Rich, Gorgeous Woman Who Happens To Have A Few Kids Laying Around, Read Mothermag.com

Former fashion editor of Marie Claire and Details has started a new parenting website, Mother, because she “realized there was a major void online for parents like her.” Translation – the masses of all of you women reading parenting sites aren’t stylish or rich enough. Since Gwyneth Paltrow never had the wherewithal to launch GOOP Baby – the market was wide open for Mother. More »