Motherhood is is called a variety of things, from “thankless job” to “rewarding.” While it seems impossible to summarize a mom in one word—personalized gift company Personal Creations found one: Awesome. They compiled fun facts—from data on how children view their mother to a list of some inspiring moms—to prove how great mothers are. There’s a lot to thank mom for, but mainly thank her for being so awesome. Read more
Congratulations on your new baby!
Sorry, you’ve probably already heard that one too many times. Anyway, what you really want to hear are ways to make this whole parenting thing a little easier, right?
Fortunately, we live in the 21st century, which means there’s an abundance of gadgets that can help you stay sane during your first year of parenthood. Everything from nap time to bath time just got easier, thanks to technology.
As for diaper changes, you’re still on your own with that one. Read more
Working mothers are more stressed and spend more time multitasking at home than working dads, according to a study in the American Sociological Review. A survey by Pew Research reported 41 percent of moms who work full time and 40 percent of those working part time said they constantly feel rushed. But moms don’t need a survey to tell you that you’re feeling stretched thin without much left to give at the end of the day. There are ways to carve out some time and indulgence just for you. After all, a happy mom makes for a happy household. Read more
When I was 16, I had big hair and never left the house without my eyes plastered in blue eye shadow. My closet overflowed with stirrup pants in every conceivable color and I must have owned thirty shoulder pad-wielding blazers. No bare spots existed on my bedroom walls. They were covered ceiling to floor with posters of Jon Bon Jovi, Poison, and other rock gods. Care Bears and Cabbage Patch Kids sat in mounds on my bed, some wearing Walkmans around their ears, others dressed like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This, my friends, was the ‘80s! Read more
Before and after we become moms and dads there are a host of classes that we can take to make us better parents. Some are straightforward like Breastfeeding Basics and Attachment Parenting. Others are a little, well, you know. They’re out there flying alongside Superman.
Most parenting classes are awesome, teaching us the basic fundamentals and bringing us up-to-speed on things we’d never expect to happen once we have kids. But there are some gaps. There are some classes that have yet to be offered and I’m here to point them out.
Here are 7 parenting classes that don’t exist, but should: Read more
As I’m sitting here writing this blog post, I realize the day has completely flown by. It seems just a few hours ago it was 5:15 am and Aless, our human rooster, was letting us know it was time to get up. Precisely 14 hours has passed since then, and I’m trying to remember where it all went. I suppose 80 percent of every minute is attributed to taking care of Aless – any infant/baby/toddler for that matter – which is a huge chunk of time. In fact, there are 840 minutes in 14 hours. Less approximately two hours of nap time (it was not a sleepy day) Aless time accounted for 576 of those 840 minutes. WHOA! Read more
Wikipedia: Freedom From Fear is a painting by Norman Rockwell, which was published in the March 13, 1943 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post as part of the “Four Freedoms” series.
Like many parents, I’ve tried to raise my kids to be responsible, non-racist, productive human beings. I’m by no means a perfect mother, far from it, but the one thing I have always asked of them is to be accepting and don’t judge. Sometimes you wonder if the things you say actually get through. When Caden brought home an essay entitled “Freedom of Fear” it was vindication and one of my proudest parenting moments. The paper and his words were proof that all my jabbering has been heard. Take a look. I’ve broken up the essay into two images with some overlap (sorry about that): Read more