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Granting a Mother's Dying Wish

Granting a Mother's Dying Wish

Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 07:57:16 in Impact

“Thanks so much. This means loads coming from you! And Esther renders me speechless too....”
Granting a Mother's Dying Wish

Granting a Mother's Dying Wish

Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 03:35:17 in Impact

“Thanks Jen. It's very very much my pleasure and I'm just happy that I can finally do some good with my outrage about maternal mortality. :)”
(Different) Advice To Women Of Princeton, From An(other) Alumna

(Different) Advice To Women Of Princeton, From An(other) Alumna

Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 02:57:12 in Women

“I think if you define a "pool of marriageable men" as men who are READY to get married, college has a kiddy pool. Seriously, maybe these guys are "eligible" in a superficial way, but none of the guys I went to college with (especially true at "elite" colleges) wanted to touch that sacred institution of marriage for at least a decade. And frankly it's probably for the best. I can hardly think of a 22 year old who is ready for that kind of commitment. This might even be especially true at places of privileged like Princeton where young adults have often not truly been tested by life.”

tribecca on Apr 3, 2013 at 21:53:48

“True. I got married at 23 and am still verily happily married, but my husband was 27 when we said our I dos. Looking back (we met at 18 and 22) he was not even remotely close to ready for marriage immediately post-college.”

ninense on Apr 2, 2013 at 22:43:33

“If in elite colleges men are not concern about marriage is because they are very intelligent persons and modern woman are not interesting persons. In reality, i frequented an elite university and the woman i met were a big disappointment, people very uncultivated with a mentality that they were good only because they were woman. So poor!”
Why My Kids Are Allowed to Say They Don't Like Me

Why My Kids Are Allowed to Say They Don't Like Me

Commented May 8, 2013 at 11:33:58 in Parents

“The good thing is that toddlers have an almost zen-like ability to live entirely in the moment. Which means that one minute, it's I HATE YOU (mom, friend, grandma, bus driver, whoever) and then the next minute it's snuggle time.

And I could not agree more with your point here. If we ran around trying to be constantly liked by our children we'd end up with little tyrants.”
Surrender Dorothy

Surrender Dorothy

Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 13:56:04 in Parents

“Totally and fullheartedly agree. I'm raising my kids in another country and picking each and every battle on a point of principle is just not done here. Kenyans let a lot more things go and their kids turn out just fine - in fact a lot more disciplined. The trick is to get your partner not to pick up the very battle you decided to drop... ; )”
8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 03:17:07 in Parents

“You're hilarious. And can you even take that stuff while nursing? I honestly don't know. Currently I'm medicating with chocolate. Chocolate and the occasional crying bout in the shower. Those seem to be doing the trick as of now.

And I love that kids are so impressed by our ability to read and write. It makes me remember that we did actually struggle to learn to do it and maybe we should be patting ourselves on the back more for it? Can't wait to see the "I love yous" and insults flying in person!!”
8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 14:49:33 in Parents

“I can't even begin to imagine my boys as adults. I can only hope we have that kind of a relationship. And thanks for the book recommendation!”
8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 14:48:30 in Parents

“Just saw your post. Yes. The kisses are the best. Makes everything instantly worthwhile!”
8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 14:47:25 in Parents

“Wow. You're lucky. Some days I'm counting the minutes until bedtime just so I can take a breath...”

Jason Ungar on Apr 7, 2013 at 22:12:39

“I should add as well that as a working parent (my wife works too) I'm much more tired, not because of work, but because of the effort and coordination it takes with two working parents..”

Jason Ungar on Apr 7, 2013 at 22:10:30

“I do not mean for this to be snarky. I promise. And realize it may read that way..But I should say I find nothing lucky about it. it was hard work, preparation and having a good attitude about things. My son who is now 5 was colic and high energy. He broke his leg at age 3 when I had a 2 month old in the ergo, middle of summer.. My daughter who is 3 is strong willed and particular about things. I am thinking that for me it had to do with age. I'm 42. I also worked the corporate world for 12 years before I had kids so I felt daily as a stay at home for 5 years that it was a gift that my time was well spent with the kids. I also had no help. No relatives around or anything so I have never had a day off even still. that sounds hard but its one of those things that maybe with days off i'd be like man, i need another day off because that was great. Its a case of not really knowing any better...”
8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 14:46:06 in Parents

“Oy! Good catch. Not sure why anyone would want to purchase nerves.... Um... I'm going to go ahead and pull the mom card and blame sleep deprivations. You buying that? ; )”
Primal Whimper

Primal Whimper

Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 05:18:32 in Parents

“I love that she internalized this lesson. Sometimes it can feel like they don't hear us adn all they are doing is shouting back, but in those quiet moments of play you realize they really do understand. And sometimes just acknowledging that it's all hard can take a bit of the pain out of it!”
Saying Goodbye to Our Breastfeeding Journey

Saying Goodbye to Our Breastfeeding Journey

Commented Mar 31, 2013 at 04:44:18 in Parents

“It is so hard. And apparently the psychological boost we get from nursing (whatever endorphins are released) are also gone along wtih that precious bonding time. I fell into a bit of a depressions after I weaned my first and my sister couldn't get out of bed for a few days - and neither of us are prone to depression. So, it's hard on a number of levels and I feel for you.

(kind related: to the person, almost everyone I know who's child weaned themselves had a baby girl. The boys seem to never want to give it up. I wonder if this other people's experience and if there's anything scientific to back it up...)”

hellga0424 on Apr 2, 2013 at 06:48:23

“I never had any girls to compare, and none of my nieces were nursed. But my boy weaned himself at about four months. It was crazy! But we were supplementing with formula at the time, because his pediatrician put him on cereal at one month old(!) I didn't think he was gaining weight fast enough, and was sure I wasn't producing enough milk for him, and he probably just wanted to shut me up. Anyway, at about four months, he wasn't interested any more. Everyone told me it was easier for him to get the milk out of the bottle than out of mommy, and boys are naturally lazier. I don't know if that's really the reason, but it was kind of sad. It did solve one problem, though. I had to go back to work that month, and I was not looking forward to pumping. I did miss that extra bonding time with him, but we made up for it with extra cuddling. He'll be five next month, and he is the happiest and most confident little man I have ever known.”

mm1970 on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:11:56

“My experience has been the opposite. My son weaned pretty easily and started weaning himself really. My friends with daughters never wanted to give it up.”
Lean In? No thanks. I'd Rather Lean On.

Lean In? No thanks. I'd Rather Lean On.

Commented Mar 19, 2013 at 02:37:16 in Women

“Amen!”
How To Be a Perfect Parent in 5 Easy Steps... or Probably Never

How To Be a Perfect Parent in 5 Easy Steps... or Probably Never

Commented Mar 16, 2013 at 15:20:04 in Parents

“Spot on. Just loved this!!!”
Mothers Are The Agents Of Change

Mothers Are The Agents Of Change

Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 13:41:57 in Impact

“What an inspiring story. Both you and your daughter Pamela...”
Being Half the Sky

Being Half the Sky

Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 04:47:26 in Impact

“Great piece and beautiful pictures!!”

hp blogger Nicole Melancon on Mar 12, 2013 at 09:01:42

“Thanks Kim!”
The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 13:38:56 in Parents

“I agree with something another commenter said: I think this all depends on how you define happiness. I think if it as something enduring - NOT fleeting. Maybe you'd call it contentment or satisfaction. The happiness you are describing is more like a fleeting thrill - a bit too much to drink, a bar of chocolate. I suppose those are momentary happinesses. But I'm quiet sure that the prime goal of loving parents is not these fleeting moments of euphoria but a lasting sense of contentment. That's probably the kind of thing the Founding Fathers were referring to as well. And if your life has "meaning" it probably goes to follow that that gives you happiness.

Maybe that's nit picky. I always love your posts - your writing and your ideas. I just didn't happen to agree with this one.”
The Short-Term Memory of Parenthood

The Short-Term Memory of Parenthood

Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 03:35:46 in Parents

“Oh, you are NOT alone. I have this and HATE it. I look at my charming 4 year old and forget the charming 2 year old he once was. I know I was madly in love with that guy too, but I can't for the life of me remember quite exactly who that 2 year old was. It's maddening. It makes me want to freeze time - or at least freeze scenes in my life to play them over and over... Wait... I do that already with the video camera. I think that's what saves me. But it horrifies me that I have to play a video clip to remember all the cutisms I once took for granted. I should probably be writing more of this down....”
I Caught My Son French-Kissing My Wife

I Caught My Son French-Kissing My Wife

Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 02:03:39 in Parents

“I'm a stay at home mom, (well, I work from home part time) but I totally related to this post. Especially your point at the end about the pre-baby imaginings of your life with children bringing you closer to your partner. And, yes - sometimes it doesn't feel like there's room for everyone. I hold on to this: Everyone I've spoken to with older children says that your marriage rebounds when the kids get older and more independent and there's more space to carve out room for your relationship. I loved this post!”

PumpkinGirl on Feb 25, 2013 at 11:48:43

“No - it either makes or breaks your marriage. By the time the child is older and more independent both parents have poured so much into the kid that they have nothing in common anymore. They either learn how to be together again or they have to go separate ways. I'm so sorry to be so blunt about it, but somebody needs to say the truth. This kid needs rules, boundaries & strict guidelines. The mother has no clue how to parent - in fact, she isn't parenting at all, she's just "there". The dad is frustrated to death & being tortured by a toddler tyrant. Nothing about this triangle looks good, solid or salvageable, unless something big changes, soon.”
What a Mom Wants for Her Ordinary Kid

What a Mom Wants for Her Ordinary Kid

Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 02:00:57 in Parents

“You son sounds truly extraordinary - yes, in all the ways that are often ignored in the classroom and the sports field, but also in all the ways that are going to ultimately make him successful, and more importantly happy in life. Sounds like he's going to do great things - in all the ways the matter. Wonderful post!”
The Real Breastfeeding Scandal

The Real Breastfeeding Scandal

Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 02:19:25 in Parents

“Thank you so much for this article. Where I live in Kenya I know some ethnic groups have such strong prohibitions against drinking colostrum - and some save it for the fathers. Not sure how to break through those cultural barriers (or curiously why they started in the first place). But hopefully the powerful message of numbers of children's lives saved will resonate.”
10 Benefits of Having Teen Boys

10 Benefits of Having Teen Boys

Commented Feb 18, 2013 at 01:42:42 in Parents

“Oh, this is so reassuring. Right not my boys are in the intense cuddle phase and think the sun rises and sets on their mom. I've been dreading the future with teenage boys - who I assumed would be either with their heads stuck into a video game or in the clouds and to whom I'll quickly become an annoyance. Glad to hear that for you the hugs never got embarrassing! :)”

hp blogger Emily Cappo on Feb 18, 2013 at 22:24:10

“Nope, I still get the hugs, and although they may not be as cuddly as they once were, they still need us. Thanks for reading and commenting!”
Valentines Day #37: Unlocking My Story of Being Single

Valentines Day #37: Unlocking My Story of Being Single

Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 03:14:04 in Women

“I loved this! Especially, " I can see that while I have been impatiently waiting on life all this time, perhaps it is life that has been patiently waiting on me. Waiting for me walk out of the confining box of expectations I've had of it..." I'm quite sure it resonates with a lot of people. I actually gave myself a similar pep talk in a similar situation, and then I promptly met my husband (not that that is the goal here or anything...). Such is life.”
To Know Is Human, To Comprehend, Divine

To Know Is Human, To Comprehend, Divine

Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 03:58:13 in Parents

“Great points and well put! I'm in the pre-schooler barrage of questions stage and I'm loving it. Especially since, my answers are gospel. I almost can't fathom that one day he'll tune me out, or worse, doubt my wisdom. I think I'll have to remind myself of your words here and let him learn some of his lessons the hard way. Hopefully I won't have to learn THAT lesson the hard way. ; )”
Teaching My Daughter to Love Her Future Body

Teaching My Daughter to Love Her Future Body

Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 00:57:26 in Parents

“I love this! I loved it when I read it in the powder room and I'm so happy to see you here! Beautiful writing, lovely sentiment. Your daughter is a lucky girl to have you as a mom!”
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