Every parent, if they're honest, will admit that a particular stage of parenthood was especially challenging. For me, it wasn't infancy. It was hardest for me when the kids were in that in-between stage.
It isn't during romantic second anniversary weekend getaways. It's iPhoto, it's the hundreds upon hundreds of Kodak moments in folders with names like "Jimmy's 1st Birthday Party" and "Olivia At Disneyworld -- 2008." This is where babies come from.
If you're looking for a lesson in personal finance, all you have to do is get pregnant. Parents learn so many life lessons in such a short time, that they form a special club of their own. I've found that, when you're a mom, you just get it.
Much attention has been focused on changing food deserts for the sake of the nation's health. Let's not forget, though, that good food is not the only thing a child needs. No community will be a healthy place for a child to grow up until all a baby's basic needs are accessible and affordable.
More than merely declaring National Diaper Need Awareness Week, we are acknowledging that diapers are a basic need for infants, toddlers, and those who suffer from incontinence, and that more people are willing to do something about it.
I'm not talking about the normal diaper stuff. I'm talking about bodily discharge in motion, vaguely cannibalistic activities, and microscopic familiarity with our kiddies' anatomies. I'm talking about things that should probably not be memorialized in writing.
Diaper explosions. Spit up stains. Cradle cap. No parent goes into this job without expecting some icky moments but there a few chores that are so frustrating, gross or bizarre that you want to look around for the hidden camera.