Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice

This was written in response to today's NaBloPoMo prompt: What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little?  When Nan was six years old the alien arrived crashing into her otherwise perfect world....more

Twelve Days of Summer with my Twelve-Year-Old: DAY ELEVEN

 On the eleventh day of summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: eleven piped positives———————————–...more

Do you really want a child prodigy?

I consider my son to be smart. He is a great reader, communicator, budding scientist and explorer. I love the way he tackles new topics that interest him, and I don't mind when he bails on subjects that bore him. He has that kind of crazy chaotic nature that all five-year-old boys display, but is able to focus on building with his Legos for hours. I am so happy that he is not a prodigy....more

Five and a Half Ways The Baby is a Big Disappointment to the Toddler

It should be made clear at the outset that The Toddler loves The Baby. The Toddler is very proud of The Baby. She likes to show The Baby to anyone and everyone: 'My sis!' Nonetheless, The Baby is, on occasion, a big disappointment to The Toddler; and here are five and a half reasons why.1. She sits on her bottom when she has been explicitly told, several times: 'Come on, The Baby! Quick, quick!'...more

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  -- Carrie Zing...more

Competing for attention

Previously, I wrote about the health risks Moms and children face when births aren't spaced out enough. Of course, this isn't the end of the story. Finnish researchers have found that having several close-in-age children can put a strain on the entire family. ...more

Having two too close together

I know someone who had her children in quick succession. For four years of her life, she was either pregnant or had just given birth and was breastfeeding. She is a happy mom of three children today, and she doesn't regret her decision to have her children be so close in age....more

The stigmas of womanhood

I was in the store with my son, when a woman remarked at how well behaved he was being. I smiled (because I was filled with mommy happiness at the compliment) and agreed - he is a really great little guy. Then, the conversation took a turn for the worse....more

Happy Siblings Day 2015

They yell at you, scream at you, lie on you, fight you, tell on you, say they hate you, steal your clothes and make up, they ruin your amazing blouse and they shrink it while trying to wash it and put it back in the closet un - noticed. Then they cover for you, nurture you, support you, fight for you, defend you, protect you, lie for you, believe in you, cry with you, cry for you, speak up for you, hug you, and love you....more
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