I have no qualms walking around in the buff in front of my daughters. And they do the same with me. We even take showers together if we´re pressed for time. My girls are now 14 and 11, but we've taken baths together since they were born.
I wasn't ready. I did not plan to get pregnant. I was completely uncertain of everything about my future -- my relationship was new, my "career path" took a temporary detour, and my finances were basically nonexistent and nowhere near in order.
Many religious people have been through events of different kinds that have led them to a crisis of faith for whatever reason, and I suspect that I can speak for at least some of us about what goes wrong in the process
If I had a dollar for every time I said, was told or thought "don't worry, it's just a phase" about my children (or when reassuring friends about theirs), my wife could quit working and we could both stay home full-time.
A confident and happy woman makes a better mother. And whatever it takes to get there should be done.
My son came home from preschool one day and said a boy was mean to him. I tried to get some specifics -- what did he do? Did he say something? Take away a toy? My son didn't explain much. I tried not to worry.
Squats on the playground? Ab crunches during movie time? It can be challenging to fit in workouts when you're playing and entertaining your kids. Here are six creative ways I turn playtime into workout time with my daughters.
Sometimes I feel like the change in my lifestyle from me to mom was like trying to fit a square into a circle. "It's all part of being a parent. You're a mom now." Well guess what? I don't want to "just" be a mom.
It's summer! What better time to get away for a few days. There are often some pretty amazing travel deals -- particularly to the warmer parts of the country -- during the summer that may seem too good to pass up. A trip to San Diego for only $150? Yes please! What could go wrong!
As the coach of one of the country's largest middle school speech and debate teams, I come across various moments that one should define as "unethical," but that somehow continue to occur in many competitive events.
After watching kids and technology metamorphose for the past 30 years, I've come to some big picture thoughts for any parent who's made technology an integral part of their family life.
Let's be honest. If we're going to spend my husband's hard-earned money on a sit-down meal, I'm going to want to let it fully digest. That's not possible with toddlers. Let's go through the play-by-play.
How about we stop selling the idea of doing it all and start telling each other the truth? Much of motherhood is all-consuming. If you don't have the time, energy or mere desire to start a business, run a blog/lifestyle website/marathon or even cook dinner, that's okay. Mothering IS a marathon.
Screen time isn't intrinsically evil -- and there are clearly lots of ways we can use technology to educate and engage children. But as we explore all its possibilities, it's really important that we make sure that technology doesn't stop our children, especially our youngest children, from interacting with people -- and the world around them.
Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"
As I think about my son just inches away from being born, I decide to let go of the pain. These final moments of pregnancy suddenly turn from struggle to joy.