A Real Friend

Do you have a real friend?  A friend close by with a kid close in age that you can call or visit with or without baby in tow?  They're hard to come by, and even harder to keep, but it's worth it to try.When I became a parent, I gradually lost most of my childless friends.  Sure, we still chat once in a blue moon.  One of us will make a point to write on the other's facebook wall or send a chain letter email every once and again.  Some of them would even stop by for dinner after my babies went down for the night, which used to be quite nice.  But it's ha...more

Why Your Child Should Have a Pet

    This is Ryu and Po (we named our dog Po from the movie Kung Fu Panda since he is all black with some white patches- he basically looks as if he could be a little panda bear!) at the park yesterday. We rescued Po when he was just 6 weeks old from an o...more

Women's Bodies

When I read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant in high school, I hadn’t known that long, long ago, women’s bodies were in synch with each other and with nature: on the new moon, the women of a given tribe would gather in a tent for three days of menstruation....more

Would you shop for baby clothes, if each purchase benefited a children’s charity?

That’s exactly what a New Brand of children’s clothing called Big Heart Baby is offering people.  The company offers unique boutique style baby and toddler clothes, and when you shop on their website, $5.00 of every item goes to a children’s charity of your choice. Available for purchase are adorable onesies, toddler t-shirts, infant hoodies, and select adult and teen apparel.  Everything is 100% cotton.  For every item, you can designate where the proceeds go, and you can choose to benefit the following causes:...more

Love Hormones

The rise and fall of hormones in women who have just given birth as they continue to interact with their infant as it grows has been well documented.  But what about those same hormones in dads?A new study, just released, shows that fathers also experience a rise in the love hormone as they interact with their child.  It also shows a correlation between the mother's hormone level and the father's.  If a woman is experiencing PPD, the father's hormone level tends to stay low as well, which may explain some of the ...more

Baby Is Sick

Toddlers cry.  A lot.  They tantrum, they yell, they toss themselves on the floor.  They have all of these emotions, and not only do they not understand the effect of emotion on a person, they don't even know what an emotion is.  On top of all of these feelings they have to learn and learn about, they also are still trying to learn language.  This is a recipe for disaster.  This is the cornerstone of the terrible twos.  Almost no parent is a bad parent to a two year old, even when they seem out of control.  Even the wisest among us cannot teach a baby...more

Moment of the Week - 7

My babies finally decide to give spoons a try!  It's amazing to me that I even have to teach them to eat!   http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2010/10/moment-of-week-7.html...more

Toddler Tricks - 7

Ways to trick your baby:Problem:  As a parent, you need to keep your house in a somewhat orderly and clean fashion, and you also need to look after your toddlers at all times because as you clean the last mess they made, you can be sure they're off making the next one if they're not in your direct line of sight.Solution:  Toddlers love to help.  Talk to them excitedly about what you're going to be doing.  Let them help by holding things or putting objects away for you.  Then, give them a turn to clean. ...more

Learn As You Go

Welcome to my Momster Diaries Blog. I started this as a result of an assignment in my MSU New Media Class. As I was reading how to get started and being advised to write about a subject I was passionate about; something that would make me marvel at my own brilliance, I’ll admit not a lot of things were coming to mind that weren’t immediately crossed off the list. There were content limitations, subjects that felt more like work, and costs limitations....more

The Morning Lineup

 My toddlers know the PBS line up by heart because in this family, we wake up when the babies wake up, and that can be any time from 7 a.m....more