People often ask me what it's like having four kids. After I finish my third cup of very strong coffee, I put the cup down gravely, usually stare off into space from fatigue for a few moments, and then answer thusly, "I pick my own battles."
You will grow into this relationship in your own way, and discover the art of parenting and caring for another soul in your own time with your own gifts to offer.
This year, I got thrown a curve ball. My daughter found herself in the midst of a social situation that Supermom could not swoop in and fix.
When she's tested, when she's standing face-to-face with fear, these are the things I'd like to tell my girl to not only hold on to, but to OWN
Sometimes, amidst the coffee cups and barf-stained yoga pants at the playground, you meet your mom BFF. And sometimes, well -- sometimes, it's the opposite.
Hello, my sisters in snark, my colleagues in curtness, my friends who are frank and my associates in assertiveness: Today we salute you. You, who so boldly and decisively refuse to stand for bullshit. You, who do not cower; you who do not yield.
The parent who assumes the tougher position in regards to expectations and discipline is almost always correct.
"Would I do this to another adult?" is a great question to ask yourself when dealing with your children. Of course, there are certain things that it doesn't work with, like blowing raspberries on bellies. You should definitely do that to kiddos even though you wouldn't do it to an adult, at least not one you don't know well.
Here are five ways to immunize your kids against poor body image, with conversation starters, media picks and resources to support your discussions.
Feeling uncomfortable doesn't mean you're doing life wrong, and investigating your discomfort won't kill you. It'll do quite the opposite, actually -- it'll let you fully live.
We're the beneficiaries of every great service that most New Yorkers are privy too: Tons of parks and playgrounds, classes, building playrooms, museums, culture, diversity... and getting to our New York offerings in a New York minute.
No matter how skilled you think you are, no matter what worked in the past, the best thing to do is to read the conditions and respond accordingly.
My cool kids complex is nothing but a story I've told myself about myself. It's simply the vestiges of adolescence that I unconsciously continued to build upon. It's way past time for the complex to be disassembled.
We don't have to be perfect moms. There's no such thing. And, ironically, even if there was, I don't think we'd like being her as much as we think we would. No one actually likes a perfect woman, anyway.
9. Respect is key to a lasting relationship. It's not first on the usual "lists," but it should be. 10. Don't let anyone convince you that there is something wrong with you. It's themselves they aren't happy with.
It's absurd that senseless fear of a vaccination or certain chemicals used in the vaccination should lead to the unnecessary death or serious illness of a child.