When I went back to work, I was very concerned about how my relationship with my children would change. Having stayed at home with them for a few years, I knew them like the back of my hand and had become quite adept in all ways of caring for them. Thinking about how it would go as a working mom made me worry about whether the closeness we had would fade away over time as I let Momma Daycare take over. More
Topic: work life balance
I recently talked about all of the stupid things no working mother wants to hear and it’s just so true- there are many detractors and lots of hurdles in the life of a working mom. However, there are also a lot of bright spots and reasons why it is actually kind of great to be a working mom. More
Thanks to the patriarchy, women can’t have it all. But you know who can? Cats. More
There are ever-present obstacles for me and my brethren because we are beholden not just our children, but our employers. That juggling act (trying to please the people you love the most while also trying to please the people who make paying your mortgage possible) can be difficult beyond description but I am going to try to shed some light. More
I have always tried to stay in shape but of course, it is hard to find the time as the mother of two busy school-age children while also working outside of the home. I love to exercise for many reasons and I try to fit in work-outs at least three times a week, if not more. It is not always convenient or even possible for me to get to the gym- on a typical day, I am out the door at 7:15am and not home until 5:30pm and that is without going to the gym. More
There is so much about being a new parent that can be completely overwhelming. Besides the obvious fact that you are now responsible for keeping another human being alive and hopefully, raising them to not be a total asshole, there is also the unending barrage of information coming your way from fellow moms, the internet, your family, your friends, the pediatrician, daycare teachers- it feels like it never ends. More
Iâ€™ve seen so much hatred directed at Michelle Duggar for her extensive collection of children (and her burning desire to have just one more despite her rather advanced maternal age), her polarizing views on religion, courting, the role of men and women, you name it. I agree with some of it- I really donâ€™t understand her way of thinking on many things and I think itâ€™s sort of sad that she seems to value herself only as a maker of babies. More
Apparently, people are judgey mofos when it comes to parenting choices that in no way affect their own children. Basically, the Mommy Wars are awful.
Well, everyone can take a deep breath, because the Mommy Wars are officially over. Thanks, Gwyneth Paltrow! More
Housework is not an innately feminine activity. You do not need a uterus to run a vacuum. You don’t need boobs to scrub dishes. There is no particular blend of hormones necessary to clean a toilet. Can we please stop acting like housework is “woman’s work” and that men should be “rewarded” when they share the load? More
If you suck at gardening, please offer my condolences to your children, who are the real victims here, and follow along as I take you through the steps of how to plant a colorful and nutritious garden that totally looks better than that bitch GreenQueenMomma99â€™s on Pinterest. More
Have you heard of a work husband before? Maybe you have one. For me, a work husband brings me back to the adorable pre-romance of Jim and Pam on The Office: Opposite sex office best friends that spend all of their time together without any strings attached. Well, spoiler alertâ€”Jim and Pam ended up married with two kids, which puts the whole notion of the “work husband” to shame. More
I’m not quite sure why I thought it would be easier than this. Maybe I was brainwashed by years of feel-good family movies and sitcoms. Family life isn’t supposed to be this hard, is it?
I was raised lower middle class, and so was my husband. Perhaps it was because we had three kids in each of our families, but we always felt like money was very, very tight. My dad had more of a hoarder mentality and gave me even more money issues as a child, and later, as an adult. More
When I saw the NY Times story Wall Street Mothers, Stay-Home Fathers, I devoured the entire piece with hungry eyes. Â I’m not sure what I expected to take away from the piece — something between pride for these women making it work, support for these men who reject traditional gender roles, and curiosity about the way things work for them. Â But by the end, I was left with one overarching feeling: sadness. More