Having a Child: Thumbs up...or Thumbs Down?

To have -- or not to have children -- that is the question.by sybil sage...more

Working On It

“I need a break.”Both girls were crying. One didn’t want to take a bath and the other just wanted to be held. My husband had just gotten out of the shower after a long day at work and an hour commute home. In traffic.I walked downstairs and sat on the couch, listening to my husband stomp around in the room above. I hear the bath running and him trying to coax #1 into the tub. He runs back to #2 to give her the pacifier. It works for 10 seconds. She is crying again. He puts white noise on. #1 is now screaming, “Mommy!”...more

ode to my children

just kidding i have no idea what an ode is... ...more

3 times I accidentally shoplifted

Ok I know accidentally shoplifting 3 times may sound like a lot and it sounds like its not accidental, but this is over the course of my whole life and at very different times....more

To Scream or Not To Scream

I may or may not want to scream into a pillow.No. I take that back. I do want to scream into a pillow.Today, has been one of those days that my children can’t seem to function effectively without requesting something every two minutes. I really want a second alone. I really want space. It is getting close to their bedtimes and I have this unnerving sense that it will not go down when scheduled....more

Is Parenthood Frowned Upon?

There are times in history and places in the world where being childless was just about the worst thing a woman could be....more

Take off my left shoe? My foot!

I cannot believe that professionals are writing stories with tips and products are being made to help people remember that they have a child in the back seat of the car. If you cannot remember on your own that your child is in the car than you should not be driving at all.  Take your left shoe off and put it in the backseat so that when you reach your destination you remember to get it (and your child) from the back....more

Fourth Of July Photo Time Capsule

Happy July 4th my friends! I am sure you will be celebrating with cookouts, parades, and fireworks today. I was thinking about writing a blog post about Independence Day and started looking at July 4th pictures for inspiration. It’s funny how if you do the same things year after year you start to create a photo time capsule of your yearly traditions....more

To Binky or not to Binky, that is the question...

So I'm in the lovely swimming lesson observation room again talking to one of the other mothers.  She had her two year old with her in the room.  The two year old had a binky in her mouth.  I also have a two year old son who still uses his binky.  We were talking about our different excuses to why our two year olds still used a binky.  The other mom said she wanted to wait until her family had gone on vacation to quit the binky.  I really don't have an excuse, I just want to sleep at night and my son screams without a binky. ...more

Rules Vs. Freedom: Exploring the Play Paradigm

Seemingly the easiest part of any child’s life is that which includes play.  It’s a natural, built in method of exploration, learning and, sometimes, even exercise.  Kids live to play – outdoors, in groups, even by themselves.  Sometimes, though, children’s ability to play freely can be hampered by their parents’ desire to control the way their children spend their time.  A child’s mind is like a sponge, so it is said, a fact which fuels a desire to ensure that a child’s time is spent optimizing the use of that sponge through purposeful, useful kinds of play. ...more