Corporal Punishment Should be Outlawed

Corporal punishment should be outlawed and studies which show a correlation between child abuse and the development of mental disorders in adulthood, should not be ignored.Parenting can bring overwhelming joy as well as - at times -overwhelming frustration. You try to be the best parent you can be while juggling jobs, finances, multiple children with varying developmental needs, single parenting, temper tantrums, schoolwork, all in tandem with the day-to-day requirements of  keeping a household together....more

Finder of ALL THE THINGS

I swear, in my family, that's a title I have: Finder of ALL THE THINGS! I'm not sure how exactly it happened, but somehow, I'm the one they turn to when they misplace something. Is it an additional role I fill, or part of the whole Wife/Mom gig?Did I have some weird sort of Momlocation device inserted upon birth of my children? Is it in the wedding band? Does the Matrix simply like me more than them, and chooses to reveal hidden objects to my gaze?...more

Mommy, You're Having a Baby! Except, I'm Not Pregnant

jvkom thanks for sharing!more

Transformed in an Instant into a Mother

When I gave birth to my first baby,I was re-born as well.My fears of inadequacyInstantly swept asideA surge of motherly love and joyrose up within my spirit and heart.A sense of aweat the miracle of creation overwhelmed usas we examined tiny, perfectly formed fingers, nails and toes.We marvelled at his resemblance to us....more

My Kids Need a Mother Who's Willing to Take Her Perfect Off

 I'm pretty sure every mother, while holding her infant in her arms, declares, "Baby, I will protect you at all costs.  Your life will be different than mine.  I'll make sure you never have to experience the devastating wounds I've had to endure.  I will keep you safe.  I will be a perfect mother"....more

Zoe vs. the British Nanny

You may have heard of British Nanny Emma Jenner, author of Keep Calm and Parent Up. A recent post of hers went viral in which she lists the reasons she believes modern parenting is in a crisis. I agree with her, for the most part. Zoe, as you might imagine, does not. Emma Jenner's viewpoint boils down to this question: Who's in charge? Zoe thinks it's her. I'm afraid she's right....more

Dialing my Extrovert Down....For my Daughter

I am the quintessential extrovert. I thrive off the energy of other people and will talk to anyone who makes eye contact. Just ask the 15-year-old who bags my groceries. Or the lady on the elliptical next to me at the gym. Or my new BFF at the dry cleaners who shares a similar love of v-neck dresses. And you probably don’t want to sit next to me on a plane....more

Does Material Wealth Define You?

A couple of weeks ago on a 'currently' post (here), I touched on my struggle with materialism, it was so well received and so many of you were able to relate that it has inspired me to share my feelings on materialism a bit more in depth. ...more
Avery Lane Glad I'm not alone in this! It can be hard sometime not to get wrapped up in material ...more

I’m Now the Electronic Parent

We were at dinner this past week and ended up being there for almost 90 minutes, which is a long time for Baby Girl to sit.  She did very well in the beginning. She ate food from all our courses, read a book and played with her Hippo....more

What I Do When I'm Mad At My Kids

We all have those days when frankly you wonder why you chose to have children in the first place. One more moody silent treatment, one more argument between the siblings or one more question of "Mom, Can I Buy....(insert Nintendo DS game) and you start feeling a bit taken for granted. I love my kids passionately but I don't always have to like them. I have my ways to get even so to speak because I am mature like that and know how to handle adversity in a very positive, healthful manner.... Enter the infamous Black Bean Brownies....more