Each year, the first week of December drops a giant pile of guilt square in my lap. My Facebook news feed fills up with all of my other parent friends posting pictures of all of the creative and often naughty things that their elf (or elves) have done the night before.
It’s a tradition as old as Santa himself, kids making wish lists of what they desperately hope will be under the tree, and filling their stocking on Christmas morning. The other side of this holiday tradition is the parents who are scrambling madly to make as many of those wishes come true as we possibly can–but then the kids throw a wrench in our plans and ask for that thing we know immediately that we are not going to even attempt to make come true! Read MoreTagged in: children, Christmas, Entertainment, funny, holiday, kids, parenting, presents, Santa, Stories, youngsters
I was worn down by the minutia of mothering. The days were consumed with relentless chores that keep the machine of a home life humming: changing the kitty litter, filling the gas tank, sweeping the floors, folding the towels and vacuuming the same carpet over and over. No amount of effort seemed to brighten the dullness of endless routine. Read More
In 2003, I joined the ranks of the stay at home parent. I had just lost my job and was frantic about finding another. In 2003, my wife and I already had three sons and had just found out that we were expecting our fourth. The thought of not having a job when my fourth son arrived was startling. Read MoreTagged in: dad, father, parenting, relationships, SAHD, youngsters
While at our local children’s museum this morning, I took notice of the other moms around me and quickly realized that we all fit into one of the five categories of moms. Which one are you?
1. The Cell Phone Mom: the one who never gets off her cell phone and looks confused when she looks up and can’t find her children. What she doesn’t realize is that they are already downstairs painting inappropriate images of their body parts on their face and arm. Read More
It’s here. It’s happening. That cute little plastic pumpkin and glow in the dark goblin bag have been played with and toted around your home for weeks and now, it’s time. The time when all kids go a little cray cray over the mere thought of filling those buckets up. And fill them they will. It’s okay. Breathe. No one’s getting diabetes. We have some tips. Read More