Leah Marie

Political Scientist, Avid Reader, Wife, Mother, Liberal, Feminist, and Mormon.

You Won't Believe How the US Ranks in Gender Equality

Ladies, we are in serious trouble here....more
Rita Arens Amen to this!  If I could get affordable childcare I'd be finishing my PhD and moving ...more

The Lies Parents Tell Themselves in Order to Survive

I did it this morning. I really did. I told myself a little white lie. Shame on me, right? So naughty... except... except... it helped. I felt better. What is this? Lies only make things worse, right? WRONG! ...more
I tell myself a lot that it will all get better as they get older.  I'm aware that this is ...more

10 Reasons I Don't Want to Be Pregnant

I was really good at being pregnant. I adored that belly and I loved my babies. And I loved my plan. ...more
After two we decided we were finished - mostly because pregnancy makes me terribly ill and never ...more

Withholding Sugary Snacks Won't Lead to Eating Issues

They are like any other child without sugar impulse control. So when a huge sugar laden cupcake is set in front of them, they are most likely going to give into temptation if provided the opportunity. Sometimes they are left to their own devices as they devour a treat like that.  Other times, I limit their little hands’ reach. It is in those publicly limiting situations where the eyes (and sometimes comments) of judgment are laid upon me leaving others believing they possess a general feel for my parenting style that, "could lead to eating issues down the road, you know." ...more
I think it *can* be taken to an extreme.  I know kids who don't allow their children any junk ...more

Operation Lose the Pacifier: Is There Really a Winner in this War?

Have you ever known an addict who just begged you for another hit of whatever they’re into, and they cry and whine and plead and promise things and you just get really worn out from being a sober companion? Do you seriously consider giving in so you can get one freaking evening to yourself without all the crying and calling and yelling already? Congratulations. You know what it’s like to break a three-year-old of his precious pacifier....more
That linked messed up.  It is http://www.bye-bye-binky.com/more

Operation Lose the Pacifier: Is There Really a Winner in this War?

Have you ever known an addict who just begged you for another hit of whatever they’re into, and they cry and whine and plead and promise things and you just get really worn out from being a sober companion? Do you seriously consider giving in so you can get one freaking evening to yourself without all the crying and calling and yelling already? Congratulations. You know what it’s like to break a three-year-old of his precious pacifier....more
My oldest was just over three (is now 4.5) when we finally got him off the pacifier.  We ...more

Honest Questions About Becoming a Mom

Just the other day I had an interesting conversation with my mom. I was asking her all kinds of questions about having kids and, bless her heart, she answered all of them patiently. However, I'm still curious and would love to know your answers....more
1. I thought I was.  Actually, I was really nervous about it when I was pregnant  the first time ...more

Why Are You Sorry that I Have Three Boys?

As I walked into the bathroom of one of my boys’ favorite restaurants with Baby B tucked away in his baby sling, I received a quick glance and then heard, “Where did you get your sling? I love it!” We proceeded to talk and I, in conversation, mentioned Baby B’s two older brothers. She looked at me and gasped, “You have 3 boys… I’m so sorry!” ...more
I am currently pregnant with my third boy (and last child) and can only say I couldn't agree ...more

An Addiction That No One Talks About: Candy Crush

I have avoided it for as long as I can. I feel like I have a duty to discuss an epidemic that is affecting moms all over this great country. There is a dirty little secret that no one wants you to know about. Especially all of the moms. People are probably going to be mad at me after this but it is time to shine some light on an addiction that has the potential to damage the family dynamic and possibly modern civilization as we know it now. That is right. I am talking about Candy Crush....more
I'm not sure what this says about me, but the fact that I've made it to level 167 without ever ...more

6 Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman, Including "You're Huge!"

Okay, so I thought I'd just write a little note to set the record straight for people who are possibly unsure: Pregnancy is actually NOT an invitation to tell me I'm huge. While we're on the subject, telling someone they're huge is never okay, unless you are a small child with no grasp of tact or an inner monologue, mentally challenged, or a total a-hole. I have been pregnant three times and each time it's the same story....more
Oh #4.  Seriously.  I'm 5'3 and have a short torso so my babies just grow out.  I generally ...more