Child Labor Day

DanaBowman @momsieblog.com...more

An ode to the robotic vacuum cleaner

In the field of happiness studies, also known as positive psychology, the general consensus is that greater happiness is obtained from pursuing experiences and social connections than obtaining material things. The reason being that although a pair of shoes upon puchase, for example, can make a person near euphoric it is only temporary due to our human ability for environmental adjustments.  Think first hot shower after a camping trip compared to the same hot shower several days later.  ...more

it's about the process

this is particularly hard for me.i just want to get there!i just want to have already learned everything i need to know for web design, and not deal with the uphill battle of constantly studying an ever changing field while managing life and home....more

Are We Raising a Generation of Entitled Children?

Over the dinner table my 17-year-old was telling us how he is the only kid in his class who does his own laundry. Let me point out that he does it of his own volition, and not because I make him do it. But it does make my life easier. He did say that there is one kid in his class who actually has to fold his own laundry once it’s done, and put it away. But he keeps it all in a laundry basket and just fishes out what he needs when he needs it. The rest of the kids have everything done for them. What kind of children are we raising? ...more
One of the "gifts" of being a single mom - and there are not many! - is that out of necessity, ...more

A Sharpie Start

I merely wanted to put my name on my yogurt and used a black sharpie. That is why my thumb looks like it was colored by my dog Kasia, all over the place just like her. So when your day starts like that, it can only get better, right? I have legitimate work to do plus errands for the house and just don’t know if old Cyber Monday will fit it…. We’ll see. ...more

How I knew my mother loved me...

I was a latchkey kid....more

Chore System for Little Ones

Welcome Mommy Brain Mixer readers! I'm so excited to be co-hosting the mixer today!...more

Chores I am Amazed Previous Generations Found the Time to Do

I've recently come across a number of blog posts about the plight of tired parents. Be it moms or dads, stay at home parents or working ones, it seems that the laundry never ends, the house never stays tidy, and there simply isn't enough time in the day to get everything done, let alone get in a good nights sleep. Add in teething babies, sick children, nightmares, and midnight potty runs; parents seem to be getting by one day at a time. ...more

Laughable Instructions

As a mom, and more importantly, as me, I've noticed that the manufacturers of common products really have no idea what they're talking about or who they're even talking to.Here are just a few of the hundreds of instructions that make me laugh:1) Steam Cleaner: Repeat until water in dirty water bucket runs clear....more

Preschool Pointers - 24: Use Their Age

Problem: Four year olds find themselves very preoccupied with time. When is tomorrow today and why ins't yesterday tomorrow. How long is March, and how can we do TWO things in one word (visit Nana AND have special days in March). Why do we get older every day? We feel the same. What's the difference between four and four and a half? Their friend just lost a tooth, does that mean she's seven instead of four? Time is a problem. Solution:...more