work

I Feel Guilty Missing Work When My Kid Is Sick

I’m a recovering perfectionist-control freak. I’d like to tell you my recovery is by choice, but the truth is, I was nudged into recovery by the demands of motherhood—and by nudged, I mean violently shoved. I had to make a choice between my need for perfection and my sanity, keeping both wasn’t an option with […]

Sanctimommies

The Sanctimommies’ Guide to Raising Respectful Children

I was in the grocery store yesterday, picking up some organic produce, and I witnessed something absolutely horrific. The mother in front of me in the checkout line had a small child, maybe two or three years old, and the child was having the worst tantrum I have ever seen. I watched in horror as the […]

allergy

Food Allergy: The Real F-Word

“The couch and the pillows are safe, but the floor is lava!” My daughter shouted to my son as she stood atop a pillow on our living room floor. I remember this game from my own childhood, the objective was to jump from pillow to pillow, without succumbing to the lava-covered floor, every leap more perilous than […]

pacifier

My Son Is Almost Three And Still Uses A Pacifier

My son will be three next month and he still uses a pacifier at night. He calls it his bink. I’d like to tell you that I don’t really care what anyone thinks about my son using a pacifier as a, nearly, three year old, but that’s not entirely true. The truth is, there is […]

dear toddler

Dear Toddler, I Love You, But You Need To Chill

Hello My Little Sweet Potato, We need to talk. I know you’re going through some very important developmental milestones, but I have some concerns about your behavior, that I feel we should address. Last night you whipped your diaper off with such force that a nugget of poo flew across the room and struck me in the […]

kindness

What I Want My Kids To Know About Kindness

They say becoming a parent changes the way you look at the world. For once, they are right. In the five short years I have been a mother, my perception of the world has changed drastically. Of course, I don’t give all the credit to motherhood, some of my insight comes with age, or for […]

bragging

5 Rules For Bragging About Your Kid

“OUR BABY IS A GENIUS!” I shouted as I bursted into the kitchen holding our daughter’s preschool worksheet. “What are you talking about?” My husband replied, startled and confused by my shouting. “Look!” I shoved the paper into his hands. “She wrote that!” Scrawled across the top of the page in a large, uncoordinated font, […]

Family

I Don’t Know If My Family Is Complete

I’ve been thinking about having another baby. Before we go any further, please understand, I have no intention on swaying your womb in one direction or the other—this is about me. I’ve read articles and essays debating each side of this particular conundrum. Evidently, I’m not alone in my constant vacillation on the topic. The advice […]

behavior

My Child’s Bad Behavior Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Mom

Problem solving is my thing; I’m a bit of a junkie. The greater the challenge, the more rewarding the payout. Critical thinking, perseverance and even some old fashioned redneck ingenuity have helped me through some of the most perplexing situations. Arguably, there is no greater arena to flex your problem solving muscles than parenthood. If you […]

I’m The Mother Who Likes To Co-Sleep

Since becoming a mother, I’ve been making a slow descent into insanity. I think it’s fair to say I’m irrevocably changed by this whole parenting thing. My mind no longer works the same way it used to. For the most part, I’m OK with this change, and welcome the new perspectives parenthood has given me; […]