Some days it seems like everywhere you turn there’s someone eager to give you advice on how to do your job as a parent better, turn on morning TV and there’s bound to be a segment by some reporter or celebrity telling you how to do your job as a mom.
Sometimes we go looking for this advice, I mean if you’ve never Googled a parenting issue I’m not sure we can be friends, but most of the time these people are completely full of crap!
Here’s my officially unofficial list of people who should not allowed to give me (and shouldn’t be allowed to give anyone else) parenting advice: READ MORE
Although misplacing my nine-year-old son has become a commonplace experience, it is nonetheless still unsettling.
The first time, he was eighteen months old, in the yard playing one moment, and nowhere the next. I found him in the dark garage — the second time I looked — shuffling amidst the dangerous-to-a-toddler bikes, laundry detergent, old paint.
Now he’s nine, and when he is “lost” it’s usually because he is trying to be. READ MORE
I get nervous when people who don’t have kids come over to our house. As a mom of a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old, I can say with absolute certainty that my house is never perfectly clean. While I have come to pretty much accept this, I still worry that people without kids will not understand that dusting is simply not in my repertoire anymore (unless I happen to have a used napkin balled up in my hand). They won’t get the fact that in any given moment a fresh disaster is about to unload on my carpet. Stains, huge primary-colored toys, and sticky countertops are a daily fixture of my life now; I don’t see that changing anytime soon. READ MORE
There are some milestones in childhood that mothers look forward to with great anticipation, and others we look forward to with a fair amount of dread. There are the usual suspects, sleeping through the night, able to feed themselves, first steps, first days of school. We usually mark these milestones with a little fanfare. Write it in the baby book! Take a photo! Share it with friends & family!
This post is not about any of those types of milestones. READ MORE