10 Things I Want to Say to My Gynecologist

Can we skip the weigh in? I’m bloated twenty days out of every month. I don’t need three glaring numbers reminding me to skip Burger King on the way home. Can we do a visual estimation and call it good? She looks larger than last time but is not quite ready for a Richard Simmons intervention works for me. Where’s the panty coat rack? Just once, I’d love to enter an examination room and see a place to store/hang my Read more

The Fake Can of Peas and Choosing Your Parenting Battles

“Mama! Open it!” the three-year-old tyrant demanded. “Aless, I can’t open it! It’s a fake can of peas!” I fired back. “It’s plastic and all molded together. It doesn’t open!” As if this would have ended the war with my stubborn, sleep-deprived toddler. “OPEN IT! NOW, MAMA! NOW!” Red was clouding my vision. Anger morphed into lunacy. I reached for the nearest serrated butcher knife and began hacking away. “God damned, Santa,” I muttered to myself. “Had to bring an entire basket of Read more

How to Survive Walmart in Five Easy Steps

Walmart is a scary place. It’s like the convergence of Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompa Land with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest all rolled up into a gigantic chocolate-covered meatball. Most of us could trade horror stories about trips to this Prozac-riddled fun park—one of the only places in the world where you can buy guns and ammo, knives and swords, and toys and groceries, yet have to be 18 or older (with a valid ID) to buy Wite-Out. Read more

I’m a Closet Pooper

I have a huge confession to make. I can’t poop when anyone is around. For some reason, I completely freeze up and my shooter shuts down. I call it the emergency shit switch. It’s like a catastrophic event when I need to poop and there are people nearby. The switch gets flipped and shit just stops. Literally. My husband, on the other hand, has an open door policy when using the bathroom. It’s like he needs morale support when taking Read more

Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Kids

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Before you had kids, you may have celebrated Valentine’s Day with a romantic evening with your sweetie pie. While you can definitely still remember your significant other on February 14, now that you are parents, it’s not as easy to get out for a lovely dinner for two.

Fortunately, you don’t have to let motherhood stop you from celebrating a day devoted to love. Check out these kid-friendly suggestions that might become new Valentine’s Day traditions: Read more

Be Your Valentine! How to Spoil Yourself This Valentine’s Day

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You’re always giving your loved ones your care, time, and love. The result is that sometimes you throw yourself onto the backburner and forget about your needs as well as having a bit of fun. Yes, you are allowed! In fact, this Valentine’s Day it’s time to put yourself at the top of the list (just for as long as it takes you to rush out and buy yourself something special). Read more

Technology That Helps You Check in with Your Children

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If you’re a parent, you place great importance on your family’s safety and wellbeing. You worry about your children’s whereabouts in between home and school and any other time you are unable to supervise them. Technological tools are available to give parents peace of mind by providing information about your children’s location, health status and behavior. Certain apps will remind your child to check in with you, and other technology will help you monitor their activities. Here are some of the best pieces of technology for keeping tabs on your children: Read more

How to Raise Eco-Conscious Children

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As we read headlines about “affluenza” and the self-centeredness people are displaying, it can be difficult to picture a world that works together for the common good of everyone and the environment. At times, raising eco-conscious children can seem impossible and a task that no man can achieve.

The “gimmees” are often a natural part of raising children, but lately it feels that our children’s requests are becoming demands and turning our sweet little ones into a generation with only one concern: their own happiness. This entitlement can be a problem for many reasons, but the health of our planet is a serious issue looming over our kids’ futures. Read more

When Should My Kid Get a Bank Account?

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Parents who are financially savvy should never pass up an opportunity to teach their children about fiscal responsibility. One of the things you can do is to use coupons when you head to the store, so that your children can learn about the importance of saving money. It’s such an easily accessible option nowadays, as just a few clicks on a couponing site such as Discountrue.com will let you get great discounts in Target and other popular shops. Another thing is to let your kid manage their money.  The idea of giving your child their own bank account can be nerve wracking for some parents, but there are a couple of simple tips that will let you determine if that’s the right decision! Read more

5 Healthy Habits to Teach Your Children

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One of the greatest gifts you can give to your children is a healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating and plenty of physical activity are not only necessary to build strong bones and muscles now, but will have a lasting impact on their adult lives as well. Helping your child make healthy choices at a young age will create a foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits. A National Institute of Health funded study found that when parents worked with obese children to learn about healthy diet, behaviors and exercise, as opposed to children who were taught these lessons independent of their parents, the children were more successful at losing weight and making healthy changes. Further, the children who worked with their parents were more successful at maintaining these behaviors, even 10 years later. Read more

Career Options for Moms: Sonography

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If you’re a UK mom (and I have a lot of you following!) considering your career options or planning to reenter the workforce, one of the most rewarding fields to consider is sonography. Think about how excited you were to see ultrasound images of your little one(s) before they entered the world. Now times that by ALL OF THE TIME! You might have that opportunity by becoming a sonographer.

Aside from checking on the health and growth of fetuses, you also have a chance to get images of other organs and body tissue – critical in helping to diagnose illnesses and chart a course for patient health.

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When to Buy Your Child a Smartphone (Surprise!)

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If I had a penny for every time my child pleaded for a smartphone, I would be a very rich woman! And I am not alone. Children everywhere are dreaming about owning these highly coveted handheld gadgets.

For our sons and daughters, smartphones are much more than a simple communication tool. In today’s world, cell phones are quickly becoming the main way people communicate. They are a lifeline to their peers- it allows them access to social media, texting, the Internet, and games in one convenient device. Read more

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