You Can Survive the Weekend. I Promise.

Those first few days and weeks of your divorce are a most confusing and agonizing time. You are troubled by the process, the emotions, the finances, and of course, how to carry on with the rest of your life. However, probably the most dreaded of ...more

Should Your Kids Fear You?

Fear is not the first feeling I want to elicit from my children when I see them in the morning. Fear is not how most mothers want their kids to say they feel about them. But fear is a natural byproduct of the parent-child dynamic, no matter how hard ...more

How To Overcome Birth Regret

Birth regret is poison. I drank a lot of that poison. IF I had demanded the c-section, IF I hadn’t been cavalier about being able to push him out, IF the on call doctor had been more insistent, IF this, IF that, and back to the beginning. The ...more

Gift Closet 101: What It Is, and Why I Think it Helps Us Give Generously

When I was younger, I thought I was the first person ever to have come up with the idea of a permanent stash of gift items you keep in your house for those "just-in-case" moments. I pictured a chest of drawers with purchased and homemade gifts ...more

Or Will Someone Call CPS?

The other day, Sam, Alrik, and I wanted to head out to the playground—and Mikko didn't. Now, the playground is literally a block from our home. Mikko is seven years old, nearly eight, and perfectly capable of amusing himself and retrieving ...more

12 Tips For Surviving the Airport With Small Kids

Here’s the first video in my series on traveling with small kids! (Can't watch right now? No problem! Scroll down and you'll find a little rundown of what's on the video) ...more

8 Fab Fitness Gifts for Mother's Day

Here are my picks for the best Mother's Day gift for the active mom. 1. Paleo Treats: Yummy treats for the mom following the Paleolithic diet. $57.00 ...more

Ask First: How to Respect Your Child's Privacy Online

How am I any different from her friends? I share intimate details of her life, post her humorous comments and photos, both on my blog and on social media. I rationalize (I'm great at rationalization) that with Facebook it is friends and family who know her and enjoy her. Yet I am conflicted. I am beyond careful with what I share about my husband knowing how he feels about social media and the internet. (Hint: he thinks the internet was invented by Satan and Facebook by Satan's minions.) But I'm not as careful when it comes to my kids. ...more
It's funny. For me it was an aha moment when I realized how quick I am to share. Now I find ...more

Baby Naming Issue: The Pronunciation of Esme

Hi Swistle. I have a pronunciation question for you. Since having another girl recently, my husband and I are on the hunt for the next perfect name in case the next babe is a girl ....more

7 years

I have loved you for the last 7 years 84 months that's 2,556 days and nights or 61,332 hours which is 3 MILLION 6 HUNDRED and 79 THOUSAND minutes. Happy Anniversary, Eric. I love you from here to eternity ;) ...more

10 Ways Old School Parenting Is Better

My parents were extraordinary. They still are.They were ahead of their time in so many ways.Sure, we sat—or stood—anywhere in the car we wanted, but whatever, they got so many things right. They got them right without the luxury or convenience of the internet and a million how-to's at their fingertips.1. My mom didn't need an army of mommy bloggers to figure it out....more

Little Boy Blue

We have been home almost a week and getting adjusted to our new life as a family of five. ...more

Shaking It Off

We've probably been IN too much, the twins get antsy when we don't GO GO GO and they've been fighting and carrying on more than usual. We decided that since the girl's soccer team has a bye week we'd definitely go out for the day and there was a small local festival up the road that fit the bill. Small town America festivals with the Boy Scouts and Masons hosting activities & food booths are some of my favorite things ever ....more

Husband is Overweight and Doesn’t Know

Reader Husband is Overweight writes, I just woke up and found half a pizza disappeared in the night....more

Parenting Survival Tips

With five kids at home, I’ve been asked about how we manage, being so outnumbered. Honestly, the same way you do when there’s only one child, but with a lot more frequency, possibly some extra creativity, and a lot more … Continue reading → The post Parenting Survival Tips appeared first on Not A Stepford Life ....more

Easter Egg Hunts

The week of Easter, we had a fun egg hunt during Story Time at the library....more