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7 Dumb Parenting Decisions That Seemed Like Great Ideas At The Time

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

There is a balance somewhere that allows for peace of mind of the parent on one side and the freedom to explore and express on the part of the wild child on the other. I have yet to find that balance.

How To Clean Your House In 10 Easy Steps

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

The kids got excited to "help" and made a water park out of the sink while attempting to do their own dishes. Such sweet kids. Also, there appears to be a small pond forming on the floor. Slip in the pond and almost fall. Try not to yell. Hold it together, lady! You still have to vacuum.

So, Are You Bored? A Stay-at-Home Mom's Favorite Question

Erica Ford | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

The last thing I wanted to do was play trains. I wanted to make a fresh pot of coffee and find my wallet. But that nagging voice said, "When you look back on this time, you'll wish you played trains with her while you had the chance." So, I sat down. "Build it, b*tch!" she said excitedly.

10 Reasons You Don't Want To Be My Friend Now That I Have Kids

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

My husband and I are a team for many reasons, but primarily so that the children can't outnumber us. You want to get drinks and talk about your cheating arse of a boyfriend? Great! Grab a sippy cup and use your big words so the children won't understand you.

10 Ways Working Moms and Stay-At-Home Moms Have The Exact Same Day

April McCormick | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
April McCormick

The other day while talking with a friend about the ridiculousness of the so-called "Mommy Wars," I realized that regardless of whether a mom is working out of the home or in the home, both women are essentially spending their day doing the same things.

When the Baby You Adore Becomes a Teenager

Kathy Radigan | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I'm a good writer, blogger, gardener or even friend, I don't have too many over my ability as a mother.

Banish The Playdate

Chris Bernholdt | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Bernholdt

This idea that two kids playing together has to be an event is altering the spontaneity of our children. It has become too formal, with set dates and times, rendering my son incapable of calling his friends because he feels awkward asking, especially when a grown-up answers.

Why I Couldn't Have It All

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

When I tried to do it all, I cut corners everywhere. I made sacrifices with everything: my work, my kids, my marriage, my home. And I was miserable. Our crazy, hectic lifestyle wasn't working.

Why Stay-at-Home Moms Get Nothing Done All Day

Janie Porter | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

When I was a childless TV news reporter, I would laugh when my stay-at-home mom friends would tell me that their houses were a mess. How on earth do you stay home all day and you don't get anything done?

How I Scared the Pizza Man

Janie Porter | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

I want you to know that the 2-year-old who opened the door for you wearing just a diaper isn't allowed to open the door for strangers. And, you see, he's in just a diaper because I can barely keep up with keeping that clean and changed.

A Day in the Life of a Real Housewife: A Poem

Susannah Lewis | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

I'm certain the soundtrack to hell is identical to the sound of my screeching alarm Buzz buzz buzz at 6:00 a.m., get up -- there are so many things to be done.

The Hidden Cost of the Financial Crisis for Women

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 06.28.2014 | Women
Stella Kasdagli

Downshifting is a perfectly valid choice when you feel you also have the option not to take it; when you have all the information you need in order to make an empowered decision; when you have been given (or have earned) the tools to really choose.

Is It Easier to Be a SAHM or a Working Mother?

Jill Patir | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

I have sat on both sides of the fence, and have developed a deep respect for both working and non-working mothers. My feelings towards both waver, depending on the day.

More Moms Are Staying Home Full-Time, Pew Research Shows

AP | By LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents

NEW YORK (AP) — The rising cost of child care is among likely reasons for a rise in the number of women staying home full-time with their children, ...

My Life In One Single, Sensational Syllable

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

These are the good days, the glory days, the slow-as-molasses days. These are the fast years, the wonder years, the how-do-I-find-words years.

The Question I Don't Want To Be Asked As A Stay-At-Home Parent

Annabel Monaghan | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Annabel Monaghan

When he leaves in the morning, I'm in my pajamas and the kitchen's a mess. When he comes home at night, I'm in my pajamas and the kitchen's a mess. How can I explain to him that, though the pajamas are the same, the mess is a totally new, fresh mess?

6 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home That You've Never Heard Of

Bob Lotich | Posted 03.27.2014 | Money
Bob Lotich

With all the unique money-making opportunities available, many people are finding that they can earn a few extra hundred dollars a month by thinking a little outside the box.

The Question I Couldn't Stop Thinking About

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

At this point in my life, no, I don't have much career ambition. There, I said it. It's just not in me right now and I'm OK with that (I think).

THIS Is What We Do All Day

Jessica Rassette | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rassette

The magic of tomorrow is that it will be exactly like today, except everything will be different.

Why Don't Women Change This?

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.30.2013 | Women
Grown And Flown

It never occurred to me that the massive social changes of the late 20th century would mean that some things would change beyond recognition (e.g. the number of women in medical school) and other things barely at all (e.g., the number of women CEOs).

9 Reasons I Don't Regret Being A Stay-At-Home Mom

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

To me, there is no right answer about whether it is better to work or stay at home. My motto is that a happy woman makes a happy mom and a happy mom makes happy kids.

Why Opting-Out Makes Little Sense

Jennifer Owens | Posted 10.09.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

A decade into working momhood, I'm glad I didn't opt-out. As my career has grown, so has my salary, my influence and my ability to work flexibly.

Can We Please Stop Talking About Stay-at-home vs. Working Mothers?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We have got to stop talking about stay-at-home vs. working mothers as if it were some sort of debate, as if it were the central issue of parenting and families. It's not.

The Incredible List of 10 Steps to Create a Magical Summer for Kids

Maggie M. Ethridge | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents
Maggie M. Ethridge

Summer can be stuffed with days that your kids will never forget and you will never regret. Simple, free ( or cheap! ) and designed to create a flow of magic summer memories, the following list contains my best ideas for every summer with my four kids, and hopefully your best summer with yours.

Why I'm On Both Sides Of The Mommy Wars

Grown And Flown | Posted 06.27.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

Most women writing about the topic of 'mommy wars' still have children in their homes and thus can only guess how they will feel about their decisions, when it is all said and done. But a generation of time has passed and there is no reason to speculate. We have the data, if not the answers.