I allowed the teensy "I can do this" thought to take root and grow strength. I even told a friend about my plans for accountability's sake. And when dinner time rolled around, I did it: I threw the kids in the van and we went to a diner.
Although adults use these apps both for casual hookups and for scouting out more long-term relationships, they're risky for teens.
After surveying more than 2,000 women about their time, speaking one-on-one with dozens more, and looking at my own life, I can see clearly that women are doing themselves and their loved ones a disservice when they do not practice self-care.
When we shame, bribe, punish and lecture, we send the message that our children are wrong for acting in these normal, though undesirable, ways.
I used to be so judgy... Back before I had kids. I knew how my kids would behave, because I would teach them to behave that way, because really, how hard could it be?
For as long as he could remember, his parents, especially his father, had rejected him because he was a boy so effeminate that he was often mistaken for a girl.
No one knows what you had planned... unless you tell them. And the hardest thing for most people is to manage their own expectations.
My teacher didn't see me in a "whole child" sense. And as strange as it may seem, I'm grateful for her misinformed assumptions and public shaming.
Ask yourself, what do I you love? What do I enjoy? Sometimes we make identifying our purpose a science experiment, when it isn't. Recall what brings you joy in your life or in your work in some past experience. Start there.
If you'd like to keep your friendships strong with your friends who don't have kids (and you should!), here's some advice to follow.
So there is mounting hard evidence that children are learning from these educational games on tablets. That said, I still restrict the amount of time my kids are allowed to play each day, as they would play until they become agitated if I didn't.
"Oh, so this for you, then?" That's what my neighbor said when I told him a) I was thinking about a Lorax themed birthday party for my almost-3-year-old, and b) she'd probably be happy if the only decor were the three big, white balloons she'd chosen herself that morning.
Last week, a Montana lawmaker introduced a bill that would outlaw certain types of yoga pants. Here's why that's totally bogus. Written on behalf of every mom-of-young-kids in America.
Sometimes I get down on the floor and assemble block towers and read books and sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"; sometimes I can't be bothered because I'm just so bored with entertaining a baby for 10 hours a day.
For many parents today, it is a worldview changer. And it can also singlehandedly save your marriage, make your kids independent, and give you some "you" time before you lose your everloving mind.
These aren't the only questions that matter right now, but they're a good place to start. Just remember that your job is not to find the right answers. It's to find the right answers for you.