8 ways how a tuition teacher should teach kids.

A few days back, one of my neighbors came to my house along with her five year old son and asked me if I could teach him. I had never taught anyone before and this was going to be a huge responsibility for me. First I just thought of excusing her but after looking at the child and the way his big,fearful eyes looked towards me, I thought of giving it a try and so I agreed....more

Ten Truths of Motherhood

{one} You will have days when you're angry because you can't just go. It's not like before you had kids and you could just pick up and go at the drop of a hat. You didn't have to think about nap time or feeding kids or any of that.{two} You'll be exhausted all. the time. Even when you don't think you're tired, you're tired.{three} You will have to know when to just let some things go. You're son is vacuuming for the second time today, and not a bit of cleaning is actually being done....more

April Showers and Bathroom Powers | by Lauren Cop

“Mom I have to tinkle!” “Mom come wipe my butt!” “Pee potty! Pee Potty” Oh yes – we all know the phrases and how you must move with urgency before we run out of time!! For me, I always feel like I am dealing with a time-sensitive bomb when potty training my girls. I have read every article and tried every technique. With my girls being almost 2 and 3 potty training has become my life – in fact I spend a majority of the day in our tiny 4ft by 10ft full guest bathroom. So what have I learned? Potty training is about power – that’s right – power!...more

I'm Not A Bad Parent For Swearing Around My Children

Parenting is fucking hard.I have always cursed a lot.I grew up on the Upper West Side and attended public school from ages 5 to 18. I learned the word “fuck” at 7 and started actively using it in my everyday vernacular at 9.In 4th grade, my friend/table mate Max used his #2 pencil to draw on my desk. I looked him dead in the eye and said, “Fuck off!”So, yeah, I’m an avid user of profanity in the right context.How did I come to love cursing so much? I don’t fucking know....more

Girls will fight with their Barbies, and boys will cuddle their G.I. Joes

Growing up as a girl in America, my life was full of Barbies. Though my memory is somewhat foggy, I am confident I had close to a hundred over the course of my childhood. I loved my Barbies. I loved dressing them in the best of late 80s fashion. I loved playing salon with them, at the expense of many a bad haircut. I loved all the typical girly things one can do with a Barbie.And, I loved play fighting with them....more

Why Every Birthday Wrecks Me

    Two days ago, my youngest child turned one. I never thought I'd be the mom who cried on my daughter's birthday, but there were a lot of things I never would have imagined doing, before....more

My Child's Friend Is Driving Me Crazy!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter has a neighborhood friend who is very sweet but never stops talking. When she is at our house, she is constantly asking me a million questions and it makes me insane. My daughter loves her and always wants to have her over, but I seriously can't handle it. What should I do?  Signed, Not So Crazy About Chatty Cathy ...more
I wonder if the child is simply compensating for what she isn't getting at home.. Just a thought..more

8 Things I Wish My Kid's School Understood About Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, but in my house we are always aware of autism. My 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with autism a few years ago, and autism has become just another part of our lives. ...more
Very well written Jody. I wish you and your lovely daughter good luck.more

7 Things Kid-Free People Should Stop Saying

The struggle is real, people. All the moms out there know how difficult parenting can be. There are so many decisions that need to be made about your child, your family, and your lifestyle. Every choice has a pro and a con, and every choice has an audience of nay-sayers and criticizers. We will never be perfect, but that’s okay because we are all trying our best. ...more
no, it's not, but when the caption above the article says "What do you think?" ..... we get to ...more

Things I love about being a Mommy

I love being a mom. Simply stated, not discounting the tough times and tiredness or days I want to pull my own hair out...I truly love being a mom.On some level, I knew I would become a mom, but I was career minded and didn't foresee it.  However, I was blessed with two healthy babies, a boy and a girl and I think to myself, this is the best job ever (though without a doubt, the toughest). Here are just a few reasons why I love this gig:...more