Topic: playtime

I’m Already Dreading Winter With My Toddler, And It’s Not Even November

I'm Already Dreading Winter With My Toddler, And It's Not Even November

t’s not even November. It’s already almost November. It’s getting so cold and dark already. It’s so nice and crisp out! The changing of seasons makes everyone feel a little schizo. And after last winter, I think we’ve also got a little PTSD mixed in there too. It can’t possibly be as bad as last year, can it? Now that I have a full-on toddler to contend with, not just a sweet complacent babe-in-arms, a possible polar vortex situation seems scarier than ever. In the interest of my current mental health, I’m going to get all of my fears out on the screen right here. More »

7 Things I Hate About The Playground

7 Things I Hate About The Playground

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 »

Even Though They Caused My Wrinkles, My Kids Still Keep Me Young

Even Though They Caused My Wrinkles, My Kids Still Keep Me Young

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 »

Daddyish: MAN VS. CHILD: Surviving Polar Vortex Cabin Fever

 Daddyish: MAN VS. CHILD: Surviving Polar Vortex Cabin Fever

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 »

10 Magical, Over-The-Top Stuffed Animals That Even I Don’t Hate

10 Magical, Over-The-Top Stuffed Animals That Even I Don't Hate

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 »

Lego Guys Are Getting ‘Angrier’ – Still Hurt Like Hell When You Step On Them

Lego Guys Are Getting 'Angrier' - Still Hurt Like Hell When You Step On Them

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 »

I Never Realized How Difficult It Is To Entertain My Daughter Until We Dropped Our Daycare

I Never Realized How Difficult It Is To Entertain My Daughter Until We Dropped Our Daycare

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 »

The ‘I’m Not Playing With My Kids Enough’ Is the Grand Daddy Of Mom Guilt

The 'I'm Not Playing With My Kids Enough' Is the Grand Daddy Of Mom Guilt

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 »