The Lazy River Ride: Extreme Involvement Edition

I had earned this moment....more

The Most Important Bedtime Ritual with Young Children

Bedtime rituals can be beautiful, sacred ways to connect with young children. Their consistency can be comforting, their quietness calming....more

Is My Daughter Gender Biased?

You may have heard of the Bechdel Test. It's a pop-culture phenomenon that measures gender bias in film, TV, etc....more
Haha!  Loved this! Although I don't think I'd be able to handle the results of running the ...more

The Parenthood Disease - Advice Overload Syndrome

 Originally Published On:  Lifeblooming...more
E. R. Catalano Haha!  Elderly folk shouting random things at you is disturbing.more

Losing Yourself As A Mother

Do you believe you lose your yourself when you become a mother?  I've been asked that a few times and it made me angry... I made the decision to have my children, and I didn't lose a thing when I decided to devote myself to them!  In fact, I GAINED... in so many ways I cannot count them. This is where I insert the sappy part <I always knew people came into our lives for a reason but I never knew how much they could impact me and change me, until my girls were born>....more

Beginnings and ends

6:15 came too soon this morning. I was having some odd dream involving packing my kids' lunches with frozen ravens when the alarm went off, and my stomach rolled as soon as I remembered what day it was....more

5 Ways Running Makes Us Better Parents

Enjoy the ride. Although many people run for heart health, weight loss, or competition, others run because it’s fun. The endorphins pulsing through your blood leave you smiling. In parenting, it’s important to have those lighthearted and joyful moments. ...more
Sherry and Desi, Thank you for your encouraging comments! Erinmore

Leveraging Joy With Young Children

There are so many moments of absolute magic with young children. Your toddler gives you a running-start bear hug. Your preschooler plays peek-a-boo with your baby to keep him from fussing while you’re making dinner. Maybe your newborn gives you some gentle, so-soft-you-can-barely-hear-them coos when you sing her a lullaby.There are laughable moments, like when your kid eats a vanilla yogurt and ends up looking like a polar bear....more

Do as I say, not as I do...

I find myself saying that to my kids a lot. We all do. My mom even said it to me about a hundred years ago when I was a teenager.  Only back then, she was talking about smoking cigarettes. "Don't smoke" she'd tell me, as she puffed away. And I never did. But these days, what I'm talking about isn't smoking or drinking, it's about meeting people online. ...more
"I'm a grown woman with pretty decent instincts." That's why.  Because you've been through a ...more

Mommy Needs a Time Out

 Have you ever had a day at work where things started well but suddenly went downhill fast? A day where you wanted to go home early or just couldn’t wait to escape? We all have those days, right? As a stay-at-home mom, when I have that type of day, I can’t leave early or escape. All I can do is wait for my husband to come home, and hope he had a good day so I can get a break. ...more