11 Dirty little secrets about being a mother. (The ones no one ever tells you about.)

This post first appeared on Mona Andrei's personal blog, Moxie-Dude.comWhen you leave the hospital with your new baby, you’re given a bunch of forms, some diaper coupons and information on formula choices. The one thing you’re not provided with is a manual on how to be a mother.The following 11 secrets are what I imagine the middle section of that unwritten book should contain.1. You will screw up sometimes....more

Mother's Day, and Every Day

I hope all of the mothers out there had a lovely Mother's Day, as well as all of you mother-figures, those kind souls not bound by blood who take the time to be a force of love and support to us when we need it. And even when we don't need it. Thank you especially for being there when we don't think we need you but we really do. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by these types. I have a mother, a stepmother, a mother-in-law (despite my divorce, she is amazing and I am keeping her), as well as a variety of women I have collected over the years who are my back-up moms....more

Motherhood Unlimited

What is motherhood? Motherhood is not limited to only those who have given birth. Motherhood includes even those who are Aunts, Grandmothers, Godmothers, Motherlike Figures, Adoptive Mother, Foster Mother, etc. It is loving a child with care. It is thinking of someone else besides yourself. It is the joy you feel when looking into your child's face. It is the pride of your baby's first step. It is that feeling when you leave your baby at daycare for the first time or first day of school. It is warmth in your heart when your child is able to form the words I Love You....more

You are my bucket list

There cannot be a Mother’s Day without the grunt work of raising children. Obviously. I’ve written quite a bit about this grunt work and how much I want a break from it for Mother’s Day....more

5 Tips for a Restorative Family Weekend

Remember the first time you went on vacation after you had become a parent? You expected vacation to feel like it did when you were just a couple - relaxing, restorative, and fun.  Back in the day, you wouldn't want the vacation to end - you never wanted to have to return to work!...more

How Can We Stay Calm When Our Children Don't Listen To Us?

“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others”- Buddha ...more

Good Morning, Sunshine

 4:32 AM Loud Child: Mom, I have tuh pee! Mom: Uh huh…go ahead…I’m listening…hurry up and come back…*groan* Loud Child: Mom, can I have some PBS and some juice? ...more

Honesty. In life and death.

“Mom?”“Hi, honey.”“Mom, I have to tell you something.”“Ok.”She held my hand and smiled at me.“Mom, is it hard for you to concentrate?”“I don’t know.”She frowned.  ...more

At My Mother's Table

Tables are pretty much the most important pieces of furniture in any Mediterranean house.  When Alfie hit six months and we started to think about weaning, we got rid of the sofa, and crow barred in a small but perfectly formed table....more

The fear of the unknown.

Suddenly, I was very nervous.  I wanted to laugh at myself but my gut instinct told me to listen. I had never needed any medical tests before.  I was extremely healthy.  This ultrasound was my first ever.  As was this pregnancy.  ...more
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