Ok, the title is harsh. Do I mean it? Not really. Not most days. Not that I'll admit on my Facebook page. But when you find someone who is always calm, hangs on your every word, and strokes your child's hair while they're vomiting, you've pretty much found Prince Charming. My Prince C. is actually Dr. C., and here's why.
I still don't actually have a plan for weaving between moments of work with moments of summer, for tying summer with a neat bow. In the earlier days of my young motherhood, this would have been a disaster. But today I'm thinking it's more about choosing slow, choosing grateful, choosing s'mores. Here's to mornings in pajamas and evenings by the fire.
If you have a teen or teens then I am quite confident that you are more than just a little consumed by worry and anxiety. This is an inevitable part of being parents to children who are at the age where they test limits and as a result put you in the unenviable position of having to push back. What a tricky set of dance steps you have to deal with during these years.
A rush of powerful, transforming emotion. A love that overwhelms. A bolt of altered perspective. An encounter with pure beauty. A profound realization of significance--or insignificance.
I vowed to myself, there in that kitschy water park, that I won't ever sit on the sidelines again. I won't deny a pool date because I don't want to wear my bathing suit.
Five minutes later, when the game is over, your dad will almost fall asleep. Just as he starts to snore, your mom will remind him that he better fix the grill.
Do you feel like you don't have enough time? When someone asks how you are, is your answer, "busy?" Too many of us are feeling overwhelmed. Especially mamas.
In all of my studies surrounding parenting, there is one reoccurring variable that continues to support healthy child-parent relationships, and that is making the effort to genuinely connect with kids.
Please understand that you might not always grasp certain concepts when they are first introduced to you, and will indeed make your fair share of mistakes. As they say, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again -- because learning and practice certainly can and will make perfect.
Although fathers may often seem like silent partners in raising children, their role or lack thereof is quite impactful on the lives of both sons and daughters. As we age and become parents, we undoubtedly become aware of the crucial life lessons imparted by our fathers.
Is your toddler embarrassing you with his or her inability to grasp basic societal concepts? Have you noticed your daughter just playing with her babies and totally ignoring the "boy toys" in the house?
I remember it clearly. The day will always be etched in my mind. We were in the car together, as a family, headed to dinner. My husband was driving, holding my hand, while we talked and out of the blue my daughter says...
Kids need space in their day to wander aimlessly, finding ways to entertain themselves in a way that doesn't involve a battery or a plug. Healthy development is fostered by climbing trees, tapping out songs on the piano, building forts or simply lying in the grass and watching the clouds go by.
There is one thing I know for sure about being a mother, and that is what having maternal instincts really means. When I was pregnant, I envisioned what I believed motherhood would look like for me.
When it comes to your family, there are a lot of trade-offs. The time you spend cooking--not to mention cleaning--is time away from other things.
Social Networking holds potential to boost the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality. But such boost is possible only with awareness of risks and benefits of the medium.