Stumble out of bed with one eye open. Locate middle of the night pee and do a mediocre job cleaning it up with a towel.
Beg your toddler to get dressed while making at least three more empty threats. Say âno you cannot wear your bathing suit to schoolâ no less than 12 times and commence yoga breathing techniques.
Settle on an outfit thatâs only sort of insane looking and tell yourself you donât care what anyone thinks — your child is a creative genius. More
Iâm having a hard time letting go of what happened that day at the mall, when I hesitantly told my parents that I have PPD.
I explained how depression was hindering my ability to really enjoy my daughter. I didnât ever get a break from her (at this point, I was a SAHM most of the time, and my husband worked 60 hours a week). No one else, including my parents, was willing or available to watch baby regularly so I could get some alone time. It was killing me.
After a few words of sympathy from my dad, my momâs response was simply, âJust remember, I stayed at home with you girls for your whole childhood, and we didnât have help from any friends or family. I did it all on my own.â
Conversation shut down. More
Okay people, real talk time. Can women ever do anything without being defined by what they do with their uterus? It’s insulting how often the media adds the qualifier “mother” or “mommy” ahead of a woman’s accomplishments or contributions, along with “mompreneur.” More
Helena Bonham Carter is joining a growing list of celebrities who decide to take time out of their busy careers to stay home with their kids. The mom of two recently said that she felt the need to stay home for a while, citing how difficult it is to find work life balance with a demanding career. More
I have always assumed I wouldn’t want to be a stay-at-home-mom. A friend says to me at some point, “I LOVE my kids, but I don’t want to hang out with them all freaking day.”
This seems totally right to me, totally reasonable. I’ve heard stories about people who go weeks without having an adult conversation, grown-ass women describing their 1-year-olds as “my best friend.” Seriously? I like work. I like productivity. I will love my baby, but surely I will want to keep the rest of my life the same as before, right? Mm hmm. More
When my friend Cassy first told me about her husbandâs struggle to bond with their infant, I thanked my lucky stars we didnât have the same problem. Sure, my daughter always preferred me when she was inconsolable, but it wasnât any kind of toddler behavior like what my friend was going through.
Cassy experienced four months of solid hell, in which her baby wouldnât be held, played with or even looked at by her husband without it resulting in a screaming fest. Her child wasnât experiencing colic. Her pediatrician didnât have a suggestion for her that they hadnât tried. And Cassyâs husband shares 50/50 in childcare — he actually works away from the home less frequently than she does. Although it let up for a month or so, it picked right back up again.
Then, out of the blue, my daughter started doing the exact same thing. More
Like most celebrity women who have recently given birth, Claire Danes isÂ fieldingÂ all those fluffy “what’s like being a mom?” questions. This time it was Elle magazine who leaned in to get the scoop on Claire’s adjustment to life with newbornÂ Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy.Â But she’s not joining that ultra trendy SAHM celeb movement just yet. More
He proclaimed that he had made so many sacrifices by working this stressful job, so why couldnât I just make a sacrifice too? He also said it seems like âno one wants to take care of the baby.â No one? Really? So what have I been doing for nearly a year, exactly? Locking baby in the bedroom and drinking martinis? More
Iâm not saying that being a SAHM means yoga and relaxation for everyoneâespecially not if you have a child who is too young for school. But I am saying that as a working mom, I have no time to eat some days. More
I wonder if she sees the irony in the picture she’s painting of a 1950s housewife staying home to tend to her soccer team of children while she is…Taylor Swift. More
Itâs not that Iâm bored with my old friends but the routines of my old lifestyle. And the sort-of blindered lives that many parents live, focusing only on their children and not much else thatâs going on in the outside world. More
When it comes to work life balance, celebrity issues are not real people issues. More
I am more than a little tired of feeling like Iâve been labeled a failure when my job isnât even done yet. More
I don’t feel compelled by anyone else, rather, I feel compelled by my own need to keep up with everyone around me. Peer pressure: it’s not just for kids in middle school. More