Jenn Rose

Jenn Rose is a stay-at-home mother to one boy in Massachusetts. When she's not parenting, she's watching way too much TV and drinking a little too much wine (not chardonnay).
 
Jenn is a Staff Writer at In the Powder Room, and she blogs at Something Clever 2.0. She hopes to become a zombie when she dies.

Vegan-ish?: Not Eating Meat, Except When You Do

Over the last 43 years, I've been a vegan, a vegetarian, and a meat-eater. Now I think of myself as vegan-ish....more
I had a similar situation. I don't eat mammals, but I used to make exceptions if I didn't know ...more

Could Your Family Live Without Cable? Mine Is About To Find Out.

"Have you lost your mind? Get rid of cable? Did you fall and hit your head? But how could we watch Big Time Rush?? What's going to happen to Good Luck Charlie? Oh dear God no! We're begging you, mom, PLEASE don't get rid of cable!"Image courtesy of Shutterstock...more
Maybe he has a secret plan to watch his games at sports bars... If that happens, you can come ...more

Should Kids Ever Play with Guns?

Like many parents, I made a few vows against vices before giving birth to my son, such as no TV, no junk food, no sleep training, no kid clutter and no taking them to the groceries or the mall. Some I abide by but most are now laughable. As it happens, one of those vows included no playing with toy guns. Well, turns out we have toy guns… sort of....more
I'm with you 100%. We have "water squirters," too. There is nothing cute or innocent about ...more

Should You Run Facebook Ads?

The simple answer to this question is YES! Even before you budget big dollars toward print advertising, make a line item for social media advertising. It is more cost-effective; it has visual, immediate results and you can better select your demographics. ...more
Tip: if you start to build an ad, then quit before you finish, they'll email you a code for $50 ...more

My Mom Doesn't Respect Our Santa-Free Christmas

Some of my parenting choices are a little bit unconventional. Not outrageously so, but mildly. I co-sleep and breastfeed my toddler. We did baby-led weaning. I skipped the purees and instead introduced table food at eight months. I don’t believe in spanking and I am not planning on telling my son that Santa Claus is a real person....more
@Mama in the Middle I can't imagine. My in-laws lived with us for 9 months (when my son was 2-11 ...more

My Mom Doesn't Respect Our Santa-Free Christmas

Some of my parenting choices are a little bit unconventional. Not outrageously so, but mildly. I co-sleep and breastfeed my toddler. We did baby-led weaning. I skipped the purees and instead introduced table food at eight months. I don’t believe in spanking and I am not planning on telling my son that Santa Claus is a real person....more
I was just re-sharing my post about this today! We don't do Santa, either, and people are so ...more

I Don't Like My Son Very Much Right Now

I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m really tired of my son. The level of disrespect and general level of unhappiness is becoming so distressing that I’m barely functioning as his mother. I don’t want to be around him. I don’t want to do anything for him....more
I've definitely had days, even weeks, like this with my 3yo. We called his doctor, who ended up ...more

Maximize the New Facebook Algorithm

Since Facebook went public in May, they have made a number of changes that have downright outraged the Facebook user community. Facebook used to be a free source of advertising, a vital component for most small business and community organizations. While Facebook is still free, they have now changed their algorithm, or how they prioritize posts. Businesses and organizations that once saw a considerable reach, gained likes on a daily basis, and had a lot of action on their wall, are now seeing their numbers drop. To top it off, Facebook is now encouraging owners of Facebook fan pages to pay for promoting their posts....more
Thank you for the advice! I have one more tip to add: If you create an ad for your Facebook ...more