Topic: Childrearing

My Son’s Seizures Don’t Define Him, But They Define Me

My Son's Seizures Don't Define Him, But They Define Me

Of the kids diagnosed with epilepsy, many grow out of it after a year. That is not my experience.  Many kids respond well to amazing medications. No such luck here either. Owen will start kindergarten in the fall, and I’m terrified. This year at preschool he hasn’t had a seizure yet, for which I’m grateful. I know his teachers are kind and capable. We have a plan in place.  Yet my stomach knots up when I think of him scared, confused, embarrassed, and without me. More »

Yes, Being A Mom Does Define Me

Yes, Being A Mom Does Define Me

A few minutes later, my daughter asks for homework help. After she is settled, I get working on our calendar for the week and figure out who needs to go where and what I will make for dinner each night. This all sounds so mundane. And for many women, it would be. For me, it just makes me happy. They are all reminders that I am doing something I had hoped to do my whole life- be a parent. More »

Author Says Sleep Training Doesn’t Work, So All Those Parents Must Be Imagining That Sweet Sleep‏

Author Says Sleep Training Doesn't Work, So All Those Parents Must Be Imagining That Sweet Sleepâ

For our daughter, just a few nights of cry-it-out was all it took to make her sleep by 7 pm and not hear from her again until 7 am. She never cried more than 5-10 minutes and was a much happier baby for it. Of course, this method did not work for our son but I do see how it works for some babies, which is why I am deeply confused at this author’s claims that it does not. More »

Circumcising A 4-Year-Old To Spite Your Ex Is Horrible Parenting

Circumcising A 4-Year-Old To Spite Your Ex Is Horrible Parenting

A lengthy court battle over the future of one child’s foreskin seems to have finally ended, and yet there are no winners in this case. I usually don’t care about what’s in a child’s pants, particularly when that child isn’t mine, but performing a circumcision on a four-year-old without a medical or religious reason is just parents using the child as a pawn and not acting in his best interest. It’s cutting off your child’s foreskin just to spite your ex. More »

Science Mom: What You Don’t Know About The Flu Can Hurt You

Science Mom: What You Don't Know About The Flu Can Hurt You

The flu sucks. The flu sucks giant, pendulous, upper-respiratory-infection balls. If you think you’ve had the flu and it didn’t really slow you down at all, you probably just had a cold – the flu is a cold on steroids. Chills, fatigue, full-body aches – sometimes even to the point of requiring hospitalization. That hardly ever happens, though, right? Well, only if you consider 8,000 times so far this season ‘hardly ever’. More »

10 Things I Want My Daughters To Know About Sex

10 Things I Want My Daughters To Know About Sex

I know the last thing you want me to talk to you about is sex. I know that I could abandon the whole thing and just hope that the education you get about it from school and your friends (and a book or two I might strategically provide) is enough, but I’ve decided to come at this head-on instead. It’s the least I can do for the two most important people in my life. More »

Mom Goes Full-Crazy And Bills 5-Year-Old Who Was A No-Show At Her Kid’s Birthday Party

Mom Goes Full-Crazy And Bills 5-Year-Old Who Was A No-Show At Her Kidâs Birthday Party

What’s the logical thing to do when one of your child’s friends is a no-show for his birthday party? Send the little flake a bill – duh. That’s the sound decision making that was exhibited by one English mother this month, who sent a bill to school with her son to give to his five-year-old friend who didn’t show up to his birthday party. More »

10 Questions That Will Confirm You’re Not Making A Playdate With An Obnoxious Mom

10 Questions That Will Confirm You're Not Making A Playdate With An Obnoxious Mom

I often find myself wishing for a more thorough way to vet potential playdates to spare us both an afternoon of awkwardly pretending to enjoy each other’s company. There should totally be a Match.com for mom-friends, but in the absence of such a place, I’d contend with a simple questionnaire that playdate parents have to fill out before they’re allowed to come to your house. More »

The 10 Stages Of Quitting Caffeine When You Have Small Kids

The 10 Stages Of Quitting Caffeine When You Have Small Kids

At the start of 2015 I resolved myself to a daily ritual of self-harm in the form of giving up caffeine. I have a toddler and a 6-month-old, so this was pretty stupid. I’ve been going strong since the beginning of January and while I’m doing okay physically, I’d be a dirty lying liar if I told I wasn’t spending every waking moment dreaming about steaming lattes and sexy, curvaceous bottles of Coke Zero. More »