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“That’s Not a Man”: Talking to Our Kids About Gender Thumbnail

"Mom, is that a man or a lady?" I cringed as I heard the words come out of her mouth in the checkout line while I piled things onto the conveyer belt. I'll admit, I'd wondered the same thing as we pushed our cart up, so A put me in a tight spot. This person's [...]

Bonding Through Craft: How I’ve Become A Crafty Dad Thumbnail

  After four and a half years of being a stay-at-home dad, I've finally done my first craft project with my son. He and I don't do a whole lot of indoor, crafty stuff. Most of our activities involve running, jumping, and most especially, biking. So most of our activities end with skinned knees and [...]

Parenting Challenge: Kindness Above All Thumbnail

It's easy to parent...during the good moments of the day. When your child easily accepts directions, when you're having fun on a family outing, when he listens to you and follows directions, happily, the first time. That's when parenting is easy. That's when the words that come out of your mouth are kind, helpful and [...]

Guest Post: Mom Friendships Are Just More…Real Thumbnail

My friendships since becoming a mom are more real than the ones I had prior. There, I said it. Anyone else feel this way? I'm posting this anonymously for fear of offending anyone. But I can't help what's been on my mind lately. It hit me weeks ago, as I was discussing Mother's Day let-downs [...]

The Case for Playing Good Guys/Bad Guys Thumbnail

If you had asked me this question six months ago, I would've answered you quickly and firmly. The answer would have been No Way. No way was I going to encourage my son to play bad guys/good guys...no I wasn't going to give him toys that promoted that idea, and if he started to play [...]

When Things Change Thumbnail

When Things Change

Sometimes, changes are obvious. Other times, when you're in the middle of a change, you don't see it until it's happened, and you wish you could have gone back and taken it all in, taken a deep breath and memorized what is around you, because it will never be the way it was, in that [...]

How Do You Know When You’re “Done”? Thumbnail

  I’ve come to envy my friends who knew they were done at two kids. The friend whose pregnancies made her so sick she couldn’t even consider going through it a third time. The acquaintance whose age, she felt, took her out of the running for another. Wouldn’t it just be easier to know you [...]

Why I Picked “The Blues Brothers” Over “Star Wars” Thumbnail

I was four years old when Star Wars came out and I remember seeing it in the theater. My son is four now, but I'm not too keen to have him see it, to tell you the truth. In my eyes, it's just too violent. Too many guns, and I've had about all I can [...]

Baby Products that Make the Cut Thumbnail

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Playtex, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RefreshYourNursery  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I hate moving---really hate it. What a hassle! And as you know, we've got a big move coming up in the next couple of weeks. The only redeeming quality [...]

A Week Without the Kids Thumbnail

I just did something I never thought I would do until many, many years from now. I actually left my kids in someone else's care. For a Whole Week. I had to go on a business trip with my husband, and spouses were strongly encouraged to attend. Last year, when we received the invitation, when [...]