Ways I Am Making It Work: How to Handle Modern Parenting

While I was pregnant with my first child, I absorbed tons of stories from people around me regarding their experience of being a parent. Each and every of these stories revolved around the same thing - although being a mother is a blessing, there’s a huge difference between loving your children and handling all the arduous work that modern parenting is. I remember listening to them and thinking that it surely isn’t that bad. Being a mother is the crucial role of every woman, it’s the natural cycle of life, so how hard can it be? As it turns out, more than I could ever imagine....more

What 'Babysitting' Adults Taught Me About Raising Kids

What ‘Babysitting’ Adults Taught Me about Raising KidsThe sound of handcuffs ratcheting closed is one I am familiar with, yet I have never been on the wrong side of the law. A probation officer for a decade, I have come to terms with my time working with criminals and felons, the castoffs of society....more

12 Things I've Learned in 12 Years as a Parent

This month marks my “Mamaversary”, the anniversary of when I became a mom. My son turns 12 and I can’t help but look back in wonder at the last dozen years of parenting and reminisce about all that I’ve learned.Nor can I refuse the urge to share with you all that I’ve learned. Here are my words of wisdom, the 12 Things I’ve Learned in 12 Years as a Parent:...more
I like #9. It's been 18 years for me and I think most of the time I had no idea what I was ...more

Thanks for Your Concern, Now Please Parent Your Own Child

When my son was about six or seven, he took swimming lessons from one of the moms we had met at the local park. She had taught several of the kids we knew how to swim, and we figured that she could help our son overcome his fear of the deep end of the pool. After several lessons, she made some headway but ultimately our little mule stood firm and refused to go in the deep end. ...more
My 5yo recently had a bad day at Tball.  He got in trouble before we left the house and carried ...more

Should I Feel Guilty about Raising a Disney Obsessed Princess?

            My daughter fits the gender biased “princess” stereotype and sometimes, I feel like I am raising her to be a selfish, self-centered, pink loving, Disney obsessed brat.   It’s not like I did it on purpose, it is something that just happened naturally.  Personally, I hate the color pink.  For my baby shower, I demanded that everyone attending be aware that they should NOT buy anything associated with the color pink.  Just because I was having a girl, did not mean I had to succumb to the gender stereotypes associated with being...more

5 Reading Nooks Tips Help Your Kids Want To Read!

 Every room should have a curl up, get cozy, never-wanna-get-up-again reading corner. I remember when I was a kid finding clever ways to hide so I could read without being caught and put ...more

The Best {Funniest!} Advice for Parents of Middle Schoolers

My oldest started middle school this week....more

Raising children is not a default chore

  Raising children is not a default chore for women who were unsuccessful in the world of power and wealth, politics or business. The Joy of Mothering &...more

Kindergarten Readiness - Is your child ready for "Big Kid School"?

School is 4 weeks away for most of our little ones. To the seasoned veterans this can’t come soon enough, but for those of us with a little ones just starting kindergarten; this next month will FLY by. Coming from a pro-preschool Mommy let me tell you, you may think you have the advantage here. Academically, yes you may, but emotionally speaking, preschool is merely the warm-up....more

How to Buy a Bra when You're a Mom

It was a girls’ weekend. My husband and son were away at a baseball tournament and I had a whole weekend to hang out with my best gal – my seven-year-old daughter.We were going shopping, getting pedicures, hitting the movies, and playing at the park.First things first, I needed a new bra. And Macy’s was having a sale. AND they had coupons on top of the sale. I wouldn’t have to shell out $60 for a Wacoal (which I love…but $60 for a bra? Come on!)....more