Topic: Childrearing

When Your Formula Kid Is The Healthier One It’s Hard To Believe In Breastfeeding

When Your Formula Kid Is The Healthier One It's Hard To Believe In Breastfeeding

There have been a number of studies done on the benefits of breast-feeding and Lord knows there are many people in a new mother’s life that will extol said benefits ad nauseum in an effort to promote the “breast is best” bandwagon that all the hip kids are jumping on these days. As a new mom, I mostly believed it because this notion is so wide-spread. OF COURSE I would breast-feed because it would make my baby a magical, healthy unicorn that never got sick. More »

You Don’t Have To Read Parenting Books To Be An Awesome Mom

You Don't Have To Read Parenting Books To Be An Awesome Mom

I’m sure if I read this parenting book two years ago instead of renewing it three times before finally returning it in defeat, I’d be sitting pretty now. I read the opening chapters, and I’m here to tell you it’s well-written, engaging, filled with concrete examples and even cartoons for the visual learners. I stopped reading it because at the end of a long day of parenting a toddler and a preschooler, the last thing I wanted to do after wrestling them into bed was think about how I could be doing it better. I didn’t want to think about them at all. More »

10 Kid Cliches That Are Totally Accurate

10 Kid Cliches That Are Totally Accurate

TV sitcoms and anecdotes from fellow parents tell us that we can expect certain things to happen once we have kids. Some of them are not necessarily true but others most certainly are. A cliche is what it is because there is usually a grain of truth to it. One by one, I have learned in my time as a parent that every single one of these kid cliches actually happened. More »

Picking The Family Pet: A Look At What You And Your Kids Are Really Thinking

Picking The Family Pet: A Look At What You And Your Kids Are Really Thinking

You know it’s coming. At some point, your kid is going to beg you to get a pet. Many of you will give in. But how do you decide what kind of pet to get, when your children have one set of priorities and you have another? Let’s go through a list of ten possible pets and look at how your child’s thoughts about them will be vastly different from your own. More »

Scary Mommy: Dear Exhausted Mom In The Trenches

Scary Mommy: Dear Exhausted Mom In The Trenches

Dear Exhausted Mom, I know how you feel. You are tired. Tired of the monotony. Tired of your own version of Groundhog Day. Tired of the seat belts and the sippy cups and the diapers and the marker on the wall and the tantrums and the Caillou and the food on the floor, and now that we are moving into winter, the hats and the boots and the mittens and the gloves. More »