My father is on the left in the photo. At a party years ago my father found himself sitting beside a rather austere young woman who haughtily ann...
I can't blame the Pinterest parents for my feelings. I can't blame my own mother (she's too supportive). I can't even blame those Stepford moms at the YMCA. (Full makeup at Boot Camp? Come on!)
If a married couple doesn't have any babies, we simply ask them when they will have babies, as if it is a foregone conclusion. If someone has a crap ton of babies, we put them on TV and make them superstars, regardless of their personal character, because hell, they had a bunch of babies.
Since I became a mom, my priorities have shifted and I find myself saying "no" more. I long for lazy Sunday afternoons at home to contrast our active weekdays. It's such a relief to have mornings when we don't have to rush out the door.
I'm not saying that parents who let their children cry in the night are doing anything wrong. But what I am saying is that when I hear other parents say, "Your baby would sleep through the night if you let her cry it out," I think to myself, "You may be right, but the thing is, I just can't."
by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger A few months ago, I wrote about my newly adopted philosophy of life: "Nothing Is Easy." At this ...
Recently, I've been trying to focus on how being a middle child is a positive thing and will actually prepare my son for the real world -- more so than being the oldest or youngest.
Parenthood is the ultimate humbling experience. What I didn't know, perhaps what I couldn't have known, were the intangible bits and pieces that actually construct much of a parent's being and often feel more vexing and critical.
I've worked so hard, and I want it to add up to something, to lead to something. I want to be able to be proud of my accomplishments. That's not a bad thing. But accomplishments don't keep you company, bring you cocoa or laugh at your jokes.
No matter where you are on the road to fulfillment, life gets messy. Milk cartons tip over. Businesses fail. Fender benders happen. Friends disappoint you. Messes, big and small, are inevitable. However, in any moment, you have a choice. You can meet challenges as the narrow perception of personality or as the infinite expansiveness of spirit.
Family-friendly is more than avoiding bad words, nudity, and violence. When it comes to children, who have not yet been taught how to know which adults to believe, it also means a trusted and consistent voice.
What many Americans are not aware of, however, is the fact that the United States is not just unusual, but actually unique among developed nations in finding such widespread medical support for infant male circumcision.
Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as "damaged goods." People don't respond to this very well.
I'd rather have a slightly dirty house than be a servant, and eventually they'll learn that small daily efforts are better for housekeeping than quarterly fumigations.
My mother will read this and tell me that it's not about vindication. That she would prefer it if I never had to endure this stuff. But that's not all true, and I know it.
For those who live in warm climates, I'm happy for you (not really). But for the rest of us who shivered our way through the season with kids tethered to our sides, we deserve a break. We deserve a good old-fashioned umbrella drink.