Don't Call Me, I'll Call You

 If you are a stay at home parent, you must accept one truth: there is no such thing as a "good time to talk" on the phone. If you attempt to have a dialed up heart-to-heart with a friend or family member, you absolutely MUST be prepared to interrupt the conversation so you can tell your children "honey, i don't think your brother likes it when you stick your Barbie's feet in his eyes," and "try to get the yogurt into your mouth, rather than your nose."...more
Great blog post. I can remember those times vividly. You write so well. I have been away from ...more

One Month Progress Report: Life as a Roam Around Mom

 It’s not that life as a Roam-Around-Mom (my spin on the Stay-at-Home Mom) is way different than I expected. It is actually pretty on par with what I envisioned. But it IS wayyy different from any office job I have ever held, and it sure has taken some getting used to. The working life was simple....more
Sounds like very good advise. You are a wise mother. I just published a book and the post about ...more

I'm Not a SAHM; I'm a RAM!

So, I’ve made it through the first week of being a SAHM. AND… I’m ready to go back to work. Naah, just kidding. Sort of. Here are my first impressions, based on one week at home with the kids: ...more
@Oodles of Time And you don't hold it against her, right? You LOVED your childhood, right??? ...more

No Sexy Fun Times for You, Hestia

I’ve been thinking about Hestia lately, the virgin goddess of home and hearth. Basically, her story goes like this: she was pursued by both Apollo (the god of the sun) and Poseidon (the god of the sea), but rejected both of them and chose to remain a perpetual virgin in order to keep the peace....more

9 Reasons I'm Not a Feminist (and Maybe You Aren't Either)

This is an issue that has been on my mind lately for various reasons. It has repeatedly come to my attention, like when I recently read this article about women now being allowed in combat....more
1.  Feminism is about equal rights for men and women.  The name may be a bit problematic, but ...more

"Have You Found a Nanny Yet?"

Have you found a nanny yet? This is the most popular question I'm asked by any and everyone. Not, "Boy or girl?" or, God help me, "Are you getting an epidural?" No, people want to know what I'm going to do when I go back to work. They not only assume I am heading back to the mines after twelve weeks, but that I won't even complete the full mandatory leave given. When I'm not feeling bitchy, I just say, "I'm not getting a nanny" and walk away. When I'm feeling particularly nasty, I say something along the lines of, "What makes you think I'm spending half my income to have my kid raised by someone else?"...more
@bellejarblog There is definitely a war between the two types of moms, and I think it has a lot ...more

I'm Jealous of My Husband

This morning my daughter exploded. Okay, so maybe she didn't explode, but her intestines obviously did. There was poop everywhere -- mashed into her blankets, smeared all over her crib bars, caked onto her hands, feet, and face. The weird thing is, she hadn't even been crying or fussing. I heard her wake up, and I allowed her to babble contentedly to herself for a few minutes while I brushed my teeth and threw some clothes together, then I walked to her room, opened her door, and immediately I knew something had gone terribly wrong....more
I am a full-time (outside) worker. But I have the utmost respect for women who are stay-at-homes ...more

"Come Away With Me" (says Norah Jones)... Moms: TAKE A BREAK.

I've heard to never start out a piece of writing with the weather stats.  You know, like "It was a cold, December day..."  I don't know why that's a no-no, but I guess I'll stick to it even though my initial thought was to start out with how chilly its been... whatever. ...more

Their Touchstone

Most days, I juggle spending time playing with my girls with all sorts of other daily stuff-I-have-to-do, like folding laundry, cooking dinner, grocery shopping, showering, and so on. It's just the nature of being a mom. I'd like to spend tons and tons of time just playing with my kids. But I have to get other stuff done. So I alternate playing and doing something on my never ending mental to-do list. They play on their own. They're pretty good at it. I think it's a good thing....more