With springtime rapidly approaching, many of us will undoubtedly find ourselves at the childhood mecca known as the playground. As delightful as it is for the kiddos, many moms will inevitably leave stressed and exhausted. Recently, I made my own list as to why that may be. So for all of us that often leave with the need for a drink (or ten), I present seven things I hate about the playground. More
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
I remember vividly the first year of my son’s life. I had no idea what to do with him. I didn’t have much experience with children, and while I loved him so very much and proved it by taking many different Instagram pictures of him in various lenses, I wondered what to do with him all day long. More
Has anyone been on Facebook recently? According to the popular ad-serving, personal-data-farming website, it’s been pretty cold outside recently! I guess they’re calling it a Polar Vortex. It just seems like “January” to me. Sure, it’s been a tough stretch, but still, it’s just winter.
It’s icy, it’s wet, it’s snowy in a lot of places, but above all, it’s cold. Like, painfully cold. Which means going outside is not desirable. Unfortunately, when you have kids, staying inside isn’t necessarily desirable either. BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE KIDS ARE. More
If I had a gazillion dollars sitting around and I had all ready bought all of the Ben&Jerry’s Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz ice cream and whisked you all off to a wondrous vacation where we all lounged on the beach and drank foofoo cocktails with cocktail umbrellas in them and donated some money to charity and bought a gigantic house with a special cat room with cat tunnels and cat towers and purchased Koa Beck her own real life Bambi I would totally buy these. More
The best part about all of these is that they are either cheap or free and it will save you from one more plastic monstrosity taking up valuable floor space in your play room. And you deserve a few minutes of peace and quiet because no matter how adorable they are, toddlers can drive you utterly insane. More
Are we terrified of letting our kids go outside? I don’t know – I have an infant and a toddler and I love taking them outdoors. I’m just assuming that we must be because I saw the most amazing permission slip, ever, today. Something had to inspire this nonsense, so I’m going out on a limb and concluding that some parents are terrified of nature. More
Once upon a time in a faraway land and by faraway land I mean in your kid’s toybox all your Lego guys were happy little guys with smiley little faces but now they are all mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore! Grrrr! Actually, a study conducted by Christopher Bartneck of New Zealand’s University of Canterbury Human Interface Technology Laboratory shows that since their introduction in 1975, Lego figure faces have been getting crankier and crankier. That’s right, your Lego has bitch face. More
My daughter is a daycare girl, through and through. She headed to a home care-provider as a newborn and we never looked back. I have always worked full-time, both out of necessity and choice. She has always spent the majority of her weekdays playing with other children. But after a sudden schedule shift, my daycare girl is home mot of the day and expecting my husband and I to fill in her playtime gaps. It’s not as easy as it looks! More
I love how Xavier hides in the box, and then dad puts him in the box, and then baby goes back into the box. All of you moms out there with tiny ones can show this video to your partners and make them feel extra guilty that they aren’t as adorable as Emio is, what with the playing and filming and probably making his wife cry when she saw the short film. More
The older my daughter gets, the more I feel obligated to entertain her all the time. She’s at that perfect play age – where her imagination runs wild and she still wants her parents to pick an action figure and jump in the game. But after a little reflection and perspective from some of our dear readers, I’ve realized this push constantly engage with our children is causing plenty of moms more guilt than they need. And it’s not doing the kids any favors either. More
If you were to witness either of my kids when getting a new toy, it’s doesn’t matter if it’s a Nerf gun or a Barbie, both my kids want to get in there and mess with it. More
If you’ve ever visited the park, you probably aren’t surprised to find out that kids prefer playing together. It doesn’t matter how big, little, outgoing or introverted, kids will find a kindred spirit and spend endless hours playing tag or swinging together. It’s simply how those adorable little beings work.
Everywhere we turn, parents are beginning to focus on the importance of play in their children’s lives. From pop-up play streets in New York to a resurrection of recess, play time is back! Here are some of our favorite classic schoolyard games to get you in the mood for all the outdoor fun! More