Sometimes Toddlers Teach Lessons

I lost it today at lunch. Like, frickin' lost it. I knew it was happening too. I could feel my frustration reaching a boiling point. I kept thinking, "Kelly! DON'T DO IT!" But I yelled anyway. Then when my toddler started laughing at ...more

It's Because of Everything, Because of Nothing

Over the past few years, the following things have been offered to us as possible "causes" for the behavioral problems we have experienced with our seven-year-old son, Harper. Most of the time the suggestions have been made in love, purely out of ...more

We Want You to Know These Things

If you’re not a member of the autism club, there are a few things that us card-carrying members would like you to know. It’s a pretty exclusive club and we realize it can be tough for those who aren’t on the inside to appreciate and understand us. ...more

I Wish I Never Told Her To Hurry

She turned sixteen yesterday. She's no longer the sweet chubby-faced baby I knew so well. I knew every inch of her, in the knowing way of mothers, from the curls that swooped around her curving ears to her fat little toes I kissed each ...more

Are Tree Change Dolls an Answer to Many Problems?

I'm so excited about the Tree Change Dolls! A mom has been removing the face paint on Bratz and turning them into realistic looking dolls in hand-knit clothes. This combines so many of my concerns as a parent: reduced consumer waste and a positive ...more

The Lessons an Unplanned Pregnancy Taught Me

I had everything under control, and then my pregnancy test turned positive. I was 21 years old. It’s a situation that virtually every woman has imagined herself in or avoided being in countless times over, so it’s probably easy to empathize with. Imagine being two months out of college, unmarried, no health insurance, no savings and a packed schedule of job interviews. You’re standing alone in the bathroom, and the positive pregnancy test your mother urged you to buy is lying on the sink. ...more

How to Deal With Your Midlife Crisis

When you hear about someone going through a midlife crisis, you usually think of that stereotypical scenario of some guy in his forties impulsively buying a sports car and dumping his wife for a younger woman. ...more

The 10 Most Embarrassing Aspects of Pregnancy

As women, many of us pride ourselves in our composure, femininity, and grace. I like being the woman of my husband’s life. In his mind, I do not pass gas, I am patient and kind, smart and quick witted. I am his wife and his best friend. We are equals. However, when pregnancy enters the picture, all that flies out the window. ...more

ready for a bit of a yay!?

hello you! how's life been treating you!?...more

Courtney and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

 Just published my newest post about a super craptastic day. Wondering if you'd be interested in sharing with your readers. (the final quote is a meme so I attached it)...more

Your Brain on Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, herring, etc., have long been known as heart-healthy foods and natural anti-inflammatories. However, they are often overlooked for their strong ability to increase the volume of the brain as well as offsetting the mind's aging process....more

videopalooza {aka just for the grandparents}

I just can't compete with llamagate today so it seems like an appropriate time to slip in some grainy clips of kids that anyone other than their parents and maybe their grandparents should totally thoroughly enjoy.Here's 18 seconds from a few weeks ago. Kitchen dancing is a tactic I use a few too many times a day to break up fights, nasty moods, and more fights. Parenting is my strong suit, folks ....more

Don't do things for your kids, you'll ruin them!!!

This post originally appeared on the "Real Life" section of my blog - you can read more here.I've read a number of things lately, and been given advice, that's basically goes like this: if you do things for your kids, rather than making them do it themselves, you'll ruin them.  ...more

The Weight of the Scale

I was lying on my back. Sort of stretching. Sort of just breathing. Sort of delaying the pick-up from the childcare center. Pretty much my standard ending to my gym time these days. And three women, who from my guesstimation, were in their 40s, stood together. Chatting. About traveling. And kids. About the exercise class they were just in. But mostly, chatting about their weight. Well, not their weight in actualities. No numbers were spoken....more

Cobblestones, Car Chases and a Bond Woman

Rome has been in a Bond tizzy this past week as the cast and crew of the latest Bond movie “Spectre” have descended on the Eternal city. We’ve had a silver Aston Martin with license plate DB10 AGB bouncing over … Continue reading → The post Cobblestones, Car Chases and a Bond Woman appeared first on Mozzarella Mamma ....more

Do You Want A Career In Freelance?

Do You Want A Career In Freelance? Are you ready to begin...more

Five Reasons Why My Husband is a Better Parent Than Me

I saw an article going around on on Facebook this week and I finally clicked on it. ...more

Kids in the Kitchen: Rainbow Pudding!

Stephanie Oswald Rainbow Vanilla Pudding Recipe: Turn your homemade vanilla pudding into something spectacular! This simple pudding recipe is a lot of fun for getting kids in the kitchen! Author information Stephanie Oswald Founder/Writer at Parenting Chaos Austin, TX parenting blogger and early childhood intervention specialist ....more