Siblings and Rivalry: Will They Ever Just Get Along?

As my daughter cuddled with me on the couch while I caught up on the latest General Hospital episode {gotta have my soaps, don't judge me!}, her younger brother came downstairs and started in on a meltdown.He complained about his transformer toys that weren't where he left them, and accused his sister of throwing them around because she was "always touching his stuff."Once he finished with all that extra-ness, he begged to play video games - and... well... that ain't happening while I'm watching my soaps!...more

The influence of siblings on your weight

My son is relatively fit. He gets plenty of fresh air and exercise (way more than I do), and he likes to show me his "big muscles." As parents, we are trying to reinforce the idea of staying healthy. We are slowly winning him over - not to the point of eating vegetables - but our son definitely requests that we run around outside, go swimming, ride bikes and do other activities that are really active. ...more

Birth Order And The Second Child

OR: How I Fell In Love With Baby Chopped Liver...more

Should I have a third child?

I have two healthy children. I have one husband.  I am 34 years old.  I live in a 2 bedroom/1bathroom apartment (rent in the bay area is insane).  We have a shared washer/dryer with the other 4 apartments in the building. I have 2 masters degrees and a steady job. My husband has 2 masters degrees, an "in-progress" PhD, and a steady job.   We have health insurance, life insurance, and are contributing to retirement accounts.  I have a small, but significant investment portfolio (my husband does not)....more

Baby Changing Stations in the Men's Bathroom: Gender Stereotypes and the Sister-Brother Relationship

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that what little boys are made of. Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of.  ...more
Good for your son! You are obviously raising a confident child...that will serve him well. And ...more

Well deserved high-fives

Paityn has used the potty a few times before, but never for me.  Just a handful of times at her Aunts house in her miniature hand-me down toilet that used to be Brady’s.  But last night she grabbed my hand, mumbled something through her binky and led me up the stairs.“Potty?” I asked.“Yeah!” she said with nod.I held her hand as she pulled me to the bathroom where I took off her diaper and lifted her onto the toilet, careful to hold on so she didn’t fall.  She grinned from ear to ear, beared down and made a tiny little tinkle....more
This is ADORABLE.more

Who Needs a Teddy Bear When You Have a Teddy Baby?

Here’s a family story to make you smile and maybe even want to cuddle a baby. A newborn can see clearly for about 8 inches, just far enough to focus intently on his mother’s face. It is almost as if the initiative to bond comes from the baby first, especially when I consider the fierce hand grip they are born with....more

Learning to Share Love and Time with Multiple Children

When you’re pregnant with your first and then have only the one child, it is easy to feel like you are giving your child everything you have.  I always felt when I pregnant with Honeybun that I was able to completely focus on her and taking care of both of us, I never felt like I was neglecting her and what she needed.  This continued through her first year and even when I became pregnant with Sugarlum I still felt I was able to give both of my children what they needed.  I never worried about taking away from Honeybun or having to share my love....more

The unbreakable bond

Sibling love. My two year old and eight month old's interaction hasn’t yet evolved to playing together but already, I see glimpses of Shae in his big brother role – like when a friend is holding Oliver. He gets quite concerned and tries to pull him away and back to my arms. Oliver watches his brother with wide eyes (often ready to wince as he anticipates being sat on no doubt). I think back to my own childhood and my siblings, especially my older sister. I was in awe of her as a child....more