EllenBailey

I am the mother of a curious, questioning, smart and funny 5 year old boy and freelance writer who only recently came to the blogosphere. In my life before deciding to stay at home with my son I wrote for a weekly fashion magazine that focused on the men's market. 

I am a weekly contributor to mamasagainstdrama.com, a parenting blog that highlights motherhood from different perspectives each day.

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@CroMom Thanks for commenting. I also agree that the "commitment speech" is a bit premature ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@mdilloway You are not the first to cite age 8 as the "ideal" age to start sports. I think it's ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@Jenfluke Sounds about right. I also think it's about recognizing each child's experience and ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@SHembree Thank you Shannon! more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@MoreThanMommy Thank you so much for commenting. I remember how conflicted I felt when my gut ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@wksocmom Thank you for your post. You are not the first person to suggest the YMCA and I think ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@sharongreenthal Thank you Sharon. I agree with you! We don't know what next year has in store ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@fouragainsttwo I feel that pressure too. And while I try not to let it influence my parenting ...more

Why I'm Not A Soccer Mom

Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more
@radar5 Wow, radar5! While I secretly hoped he had a chance for redemption, I didn't actually ...more

Out of Control in Kindergarten: Letting My Son Draw Himself

The start of my first official school year as a parent has gone smoothly so far. JP wakes every morning excited about getting on the bus and going to a new school where learning is cleverly disguised as fun. He actually likes doing his homework with me every afternoon, and he is so tired by the end of the day that our normal hour-long bedtime ritual has been reduced to a few books that end long before my nighttime television begins. He has really adjusted beautifully to the changes that Kindergarten has brought to our household and I couldn’t be more proud. Me on the other hand? Not so much....more
@chinyaray Thanks Chinyaray. I agree. My control issues continue to pop up and I'm learning to ...more