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10 Lies We Tell Ourselves Before We Have Kids

Abby King | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents
Abby King

I'm going to let them cry it out... for five minutes until I go back in begging them to go back to sleep while considering climbing into the crib with them.

The Type of Mother I Will Never Be

Jill Patir | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

It's taken me a long time to get a handle on this whole "parenting thing," and to be at peace with the choices that am making. I may not be a parenting expert, but I am absolutely, whole-heartedly, and without a doubt, a mother.

Mothers Everywhere, You Are Welcome

Alishia Osborn | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

This Sunday, I lowered expectations for mothers everywhere. While many of us try to live up to the hype, I did us all a favor and lowered the bar.

8 Unrealistic Expectations Parents Have For Their Kids

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 11.15.2014 | Parents
Kimanzi Constable

Our children mess up. They lie to us, they're sneaky, they don't listen and they know how to push all the wrong buttons. I'm not telling you something you don't already know. However, despite what our kids do to make us mad at times, we do things that are probably just as irritating.

Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen

Jill Patir | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

I sat across the table from my mom the other night at a local ice cream shop. The smile I had on my face was the complete opposite of the look she had on her face. By the look on her face, you would think my toddler had just taken a permanent marker to the Mona Lisa.

Why I Love Being a Mom to Boys

Christine Organ | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

Whether building Lego towers or having a tea party, whether watching Star Wars or Cinderella, whether we are shopping for a prom dress or picking out a corsage, at the heart of each of those activities are connection, guidance and encouragement.

Dear Daughter, Please Be Average

Jill Patir | Posted 05.20.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

Don't confuse average for normal. If you want to move to the beat of your own drum, please do! But when it comes to other aspects of life, just stick to average. Set realistic goals, do your best, and be proud of what you accomplish. That's it, average is just fine.

Obama, A-Rod, Dr. Hank and Criticism

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

Many times, we give criticism to others because they are not giving us what we want, and what we want is a function of totally unrealistic expectations.