Topic: Childrearing

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 »

10 Things Your Kids Steal From You

10 Things Your Kids Steal From You

I have two younger brothers. Growing up, this meant that most of my possessions were safe because, girl stuff. However, there were still items I had to guard with my life and I can remember thinking that I could not WAIT to be an adult so I could stop worrying about people I live with snatching my stuff without permission. Little did I know, my brothers were going easy on me. Since my daughter was a toddler, I have had so much crap go missing in my house and it makes me nuts. 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 »

5 Luxurious Vacations For Stay At Home Parents Who Ain’t Flying Nowhere No Time Soon

5 Luxurious Vacations For Stay At Home Parents Who Ain't Flying Nowhere No Time Soon

Stay at home parents rarely get any kind of meaningful breaks in their days. There’s no lunch break, no adult conversation, and no quiet. Even “vacations” are really vacations, because you’re bringing the kids and therefore taking your job with you. So I have come up with a few vacation packages designed for the parent who just can’t get away. Ever. For even a second. More »

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 »

My Dog Doesn’t Trust My Kids — And I Wouldn’t Either

My Dog Doesn't Trust My Kids -- And I Wouldn't Either

Last year, we upended our dog’s life by adding twins to our family. As with most ten-year-olds, Miss Beasley was not expecting to suddenly have to start sharing Mom and Dad’s attention at such an advanced stage of life, and her reaction upon the babies’ arrival from the hospital could best be described as “intense indifference”. But that was nearly a year ago, back when the kids were listless little potatoes and not crawling, tottering, dog-adoring maniacs. More »

World’s Worst Hospital Calls Security On Breastfeeding Mom

World's Worst Hospital Calls Security On Breastfeeding Mom

There have been plenty of stories about breastfeeding moms thrown out of restaurants and shamed for daring to feed their kids anywhere but the privacy of their own homes. I can confidently say I never thought I’d be writing one about a breastfeeding mom ejected from a pediatrician’s office. A pediatrician’s office. You know, that place that is practically wallpapered with posters encouraging you to breastfeed you baby? We’ve reached a new level of absurdity. More »