Topic: being a mom

Scary Mommy: 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

Scary Mommy: 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

Before becoming a mom, I had never asked the question, “Is it okay for this child to use my sock as toilet paper?” Or, after my two-year-old sprinkled her great grandparents ashes in her hair, I asked, “How much soap does it take to get human remains out of someone’s hair?” The answer: A lot. But I have asked these questions, now, and I can never go back. More »

No One Tells You Your Period Is A Billion Times Worse After You Have Kids

No One Tells You Your Period Is A Billion Times Worse After You Have Kids

Women go through a ton of crap when pregnant and after giving birth, so one of the post-pregnancy perks we often gush about is the lack of a period. Sure, you’re huge, sweating and can’t walk – but you don’t have your period! Yes, your boobs are leaking and you haven’t sleep in three months – but you don’t have your period! One of the hardest days as a mom is the day your period comes back. It’s like the day your free HBO runs out. You lived the dream for a short time, had a taste of the magic, and now reality is knocking on your door in the form of a disgusting, bloody mess. More »

I Hate My Post-Baby Body, And No Feel-Good Essay Is Going To Change That

I Hate My Post-Baby Body, And No Feel-Good Essay Is Going To Change That

I do not like my post-baby body. I’ve read every feel-good personal essay about how empowering it is to create life from our bodies and yay women etc etc, and while I totally get it on an intellectual level, I just can’t seem to change my mindset. I used to feel really guilty about this, because you know: I am a feminist! I have two daughters! I want all women to love themselves! More »

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

While these posts are funny, they often seem to translate to, “I’m a MOM now, so don’t ask me to “go out for drinks” unless they come in a sippy cup! And no, I won’t attend events that require attire other than yoga pants, and I won’t apologize for not caring about your meaningless life when I’ve got my awesome kid on my mind, because guess what? He’s more interesting than your marathon training or political views or whatever it is you want to chat about.” More »

I Cheated On My Mom BFF And I Don’t Regret It

I Cheated On My Mom BFF And I Don't Regret It

I first met Kate when I was single in a new town and she was months away from her wedding. It was instant envy from go. Kate is sharp and savvy. A woman who spends time in Paris. A woman who is well-versed in restaurants and art sales. She’s a writer on a show you’ve totally heard of (and may even love, as most of the modern world does). She wears a lot of black, and reminds me of what Daria probably grew up to be. More »

Preventing Breast Cancer Is Now a Mother’s Job – Thanks, Science!

Preventing Breast Cancer Is Now a Mother's Job - Thanks, Science!

Wouldn’t it be nice if scientific research would help us relax a little and ease our fears when it comes to parenting? You know, like how we (mostly) no longer believe in witchcraft thanks to our knowledge of physics. Instead, we get reports like this one from Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH at Washington University in St. Louis, stating that more than half of all breast cancer cases could have been prevented by healthy lifestyle choices made in adolescence and early childhood. More »

10 Signs You’re Overdue for A Date Night

10 Signs You're Overdue for A Date Night

As a parent, I know how easy it is to neglect alone time with your partner (what’s mine’s name again?). With bustling kids to and fro, nursing a baby and generally being too ill-rested to want to show my face in public, staying in often seems like the far more sane option. I mean, why go out when home is where the wine and Netflix live? More »

6 Reasons Being Stuck At Home With Sick Kids Is The Best

6 Reasons Being Stuck At Home With Sick Kids Is The Best

It’s fall. The leaves are turning crimson. Your kids have already started costuming themselves for Halloween. And their little noses are leaking an autumn rainbow of snot everywhere. It’s cold and flu season, and there just might be an upside. Of course, I’m not talking about wishing my kids were sick, sick. I’ve endured hospital stays with each of my children, and I don’t wish the fluorescent lights of pediatric units on anyone. What I’m talking about here is a nice smooth fever. The kind that makes the little ones clammy and docile. More »

We Are All Great Moms When We Play To Our Strengths

We Are All Great Moms When We Play To Our Strengths

I know we can all tend to get bogged down by the Pinterest-perfect lives depicted by other moms. Or maybe we are jealous of that working mom that seems to have her act together in every way possible while we struggle with a mountain of laundry, just trying to squeak by. We all have our good points as parents and of course, we all have weaknesses. However, we are all great moms when we play to our strengths. More »