Topic: spending time with family

Last-Minute Recipes: The Best Fourth Of July Treats For Your Little Ones

Last-Minute Recipes: The Best Fourth Of July Treats For Your Little Ones

Most of you booked your Fourth of July plans long ago. But, for many families out there, the day is all about taking it easy and not being scheduled for a change. (Isn’t that the best feeling?) For those who fall into the latter camp, we’ve scoured the web (okay, so mostly Pinterest) to find the best Independence Day treats around. We’re talking sweet indulgences that are easy to make and the perfect family activity for cooling off in this sweltering heat. Enjoy! More »

Sisters-In-Law From Hell Are The New Mothers-In-Law From Hell

Sisters-In-Law From Hell Are The New Mothers-In-Law From Hell

Remember when you first got married and realized, Holy crap, I now have a mother-in-law to deal with? Sure, some of you truly love your MILs, but just as many could live without the constant putdowns, not to mention all that unsolicited parenting advice (the worst!). Lately, however, there’s a whole new family member on top of many a mom’s shit list: the sister-in-law from hell. More »

I’ve Raised My Family Abroad For A Decade, But My Sister’s Family Has Never Visited

Iâve Raised My Family Abroad For A Decade, But My Sisterâs Family Has Never Visited

When you move far away from home, there’s always an initial burst of house guests, excited to take advantage of a friend (with a pull-out sofa) abroad. Around year two they start to taper off. By then, pretty much everyone who’s anyone in your life has had a go. This very week I happen to be celebrating a decade living across the pond, so you can imagine how many house guests we get these days.

Most people would consider this a relief. But I’m still waiting – and waiting – for the one person you might call our guest of honor. In 10 years, my sister has never made the trip to London to see us. More »

On Mother’s Day, I Have To Pretend I Want To Spend Time With My Family

On Motherâs Day, I Have To Pretend I Want To Spend Time With My Family

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I have yet to hear a single mother out there say that all she wants is to spend the day with her family. In fact, most moms I know are itching to get away from their children on Mother’s Day. Just yesterday, I ran into someone at the gym – a happily married mother of two – who boasted that she’d be spending Mother’s Day alone at a downtown hotel and spa; her husband had booked a little staycation for the two of them, but she ultimately convinced him to let her enjoy it solo. I was jealous beyond belief and, as it turns out, so is every single woman with whom I’ve shared this story over the past 24 hours.

“That’s what I want!” they’ll exclaim all dreamy-eyed – and I know exactly what they mean. More »

Having Kids Forces Me To Pretend To Care About Valentine’s Day

Having Kids Forces Me To Pretend To Care About Valentine's Day

When I was 17 years old, my boyfriend bought me a Valentine’s Day present. It was a white teddy bear clutching a red silk pillow trimmed with lace. “I Love You” was written across the pillow and, if I’m not mistaken, there were helium balloons involved too. Needless to say, I was mortified. I mean, lovely thought and all, but please – that thing was hideous! And it serves as a gentle reminder as to why exactly I hate Valentine’s Day. More »

Resolution: Work Life Balance, Reality: More Working Mommy Guilt

Resolution: Work Life Balance, Reality: More Working Mommy Guilt

After a week of working in the new year, I’m sorry to report that work life balance seems to be the same illusion in 2012 as it was in 2011. I’m not quite sure why I expected this year to be any different. I didn’t change my schedule. I didn’t dial down my hours at work. I haven’t found any magic time-turner to lengthen my days or allow me to spend quality time with my daughter and get my job done. “Try to find more work life balance,” seems like such a great New Years Resolution. Unfortunately, that little gem didn’t come with a plan of action and it’s not easy to change simply by wishing that things would be easier. More »

‘I Want Daycare!’ After A Week At Home, My Kids Are Tired – Of Me

âI Want Daycare!â After A Week At Home, My Kids Are Tired â Of Me

On the first day of school this new year my daughters and I found ourselves at the campus gates five minutes early, and we weren’t alone. As we approached, we joined hordes of students literally running to the still-locked gates. Two weeks since the final classes of 2011, you’d expect some parents to be eager to get their children out of the house again. Except in this particular scene it wasn’t the parents pushing the kids out the door – it was the other way around. More »

Resolution Kickoff: How To Incorporate Your Kids Into Your Workout

Resolution Kickoff: How To Incorporate Your Kids Into Your Workout

January is everyone’s favorite month to start a new weight loss regime. One of the best ways to make sure that you stick to those New Years Resolutions is to get your kids involved and active. Having your children help you get active will make the entire experience more enjoyable and make it easier to stay on the path to fitness. Here’s a few ways your kids can help you reach those fitness goals this year! More »

The Pressure Is Off For New Year’s Eve: I Have A Family

The Pressure Is Off For New Year's Eve: I Have A Family

Want to know what I really can’t stand? The pressure to have fun on New Year’s Eve. For some reason, people think that overcrowded restaurants, overpriced drinks and the impossibility of finding a taxi cab makes for a rockin’ time. Call me cynical. Call me a party pooper. Call me anything – just don’t call me for plans on December 31. Because I finally have the best excuse ever to get out of those pesky NYE obligations: children. More »

Family Vacation: Sorry But My Girls Are Staying Far Away From Those Horrid Kids’ Clubs

Family Vacation: Sorry But My Girls Are Staying Far Away From Those Horrid Kids' Clubs

It seemed, on paper, to be exactly the kind of holiday we’d been waiting for after two long, stressful years: a week idling under the sun at an all-inclusive resort with four pools, six restaurants and – key drumroll – a kids’ club. That last feature we’d never had the pleasure of acquainting ourselves with in our nearly five years traveling with children, and it was just what the doctor ordered.

We spent the subsequent weeks prior to departure fantasizing about what we’d do with those couple of hours each day, once we’d packed a beach bag for our daughters and dropped them off with the gung-ho, formally trained staff we imagined would be awaiting them at the gates, behind which we imagined boisterous children playing volleyball or horseshoes or tag and making lifelong friends. Tipsy lunches! Siestas by the pool! Uninterrupted sex! Oh kids club, I thought, where have you been all my (parenting) life? More »

Gallery: The Best Christmas Present Reactions From Disappointed Kids

Gallery: The Best Christmas Present Reactions From Disappointed Kids

Every parent loves to see the joy on their children’s face as they open all those Christmas presents. We plan for weeks, shop for hours and pry information out of our secretive kids. We just want to give them the perfect gift. We want to see their faces glow with excitement. What’s better than a kid on Christmas?

Until they’ve opened three articles of clothing in a row. Then, all of a sudden, that joy turns to extreme disappointment. No matter how much it breaks our hearts, sometimes our kids just aren’t thrilled with their holiday haul. And while it’s sad for the parent who feels like they let their little one down, those kids and their disappointment are actually kind of hysterical. More »