“I love this and needed this. Thank you. At 35, with 3 kids-- I am noticing something. I am missing from 90% of our family photos. I'm usually the one behind the camera, but I also delete any evidence of my existence as well. At one point, I was convinced my husband was purposefully taking horrible photos. Then I resolved to the fact, I'm just fat and ugly. Now, I think it may just be me and how I look at myself. I regret not taking more photos with all three of them when they were super little, and will encourage other self conscious mommies to get over it and just let the photo be snapped and kept.”
“I think I may love you. I have been screaming this from the top of my lungs since I heard the words "attachment parenting." I was like, Whaaaaat? That sounds terrible. Just terrible. My grandma raised thirteen healthy and reasonably sane children, and she would cluck her tongue if she heard you were putting the baby in bed with you. My son is 12 years old, and there are kids in his class that still sleep with their parents (confessed to me by other moms). For the love of God, that would be like allowing another grown man in our bed. No, thank you.”
“Every child is different. Trust me when I say, some are just a lot harder to raise than others. One of boys, five years old, is an "angry" child. He came out that way. He's also the most passionate, the most caring, and the most entertaining. The "you hate me" rant is for attention or a guilt trip to get their way. Never fall for it. My son usually does that when he's denied something or "fun time" has come to an end. I don't get into his space with hugs or kisses at that moment. I just say, "That's not true and you know it. I love you very much, but the answer is still no. This conversation is over." If he continues with the heckling, then he gets a time out. It's not okay to lash out even with words when they are angry, and I firmly believe in respect for elders. Then later, when my son is not pouting, I give the hugs and kisses, and I talk to him about where on Earth he ever thought that. It usually boils down to not getting his way.
Please don't let her kick you in the shins ever again. You should never tolerate your child being violent to you. One day she'll be as big as you, and you don't want her feeling free to put her hands or feet on you. Keep your head up and press on. That's what we moms do.”