Thankful Thursday: He Actually Ate A Meal

I cannot be the only one…who has spent the last several years of their lives in a perpetual state of begging their child to eat.  Not just the typical, “Eat your vegetables,” but a pleading to eat something, anything, even the one part of the meal that you were sure your child would eat (like grapes or French fries).  This has been a running theme in our house since the day the Sonny Boy was born (literally, read Mom on Mom Judgment, the see the section on breastfeeding)....more

Liar Liar or Dreamy Dreamer?

I cannot be the only one…who attempts to find the balance between my child becoming a world-class liar and not stifling his imagination when he is sharing his latest exaggerated tale.  Don’t misunderstand me, I have very little patience for the, “I didn’t do that,” type of fibs when I clearly saw Sonny Boy squeeze toothpaste all over the bathroom counter, I am speaking more of the, “John’s dad came to school juggling chainsaws, he dropped one on his foot and cut off his thumb toe, but luckily had an extra toe in his tool box,” variety of lies....more

Thankful Thursday: To School On Time

I cannot be the only one...who is amazed at their child's lack of ability to just simply get out the door in a timely fashion.  Our school mornings have been hectic whirlwinds of velcro shoes, backpacks, and impromptu bicycle riding in the garage, adding up to a rushed and stressed out Mama that wants to throw in the towel.  Just recently though, I've noticed that it seems like we might have finally ironed out the morning wrinkles, and have been arriving at school ON TIME. ...more

The First Report Card

I cannot be the only one…who finds them self disenchanted with their experience as a newbie Mama to public elementary school.  I have a variety of different reasons for my less than enthused feelings, one is the fact that the principle has already called me at work, got me really worried, and then dismissed the whole point of the call as "nothing really," and now I can add the first report card to my kindergarten dismay. ...more

It's Time to Wrap it Up

I cannot be the only one...who knows that the old saying, "when it rains, it pours," is as true today as it was when the first person uttered those words (probably between sobs and woeful wails).  We spent this past week getting knocked around by strong winds, the Sonny Boy took a vacation, and the Hubs and I got to spend a little alone time together (sounds great, right? Well...keep reading for the plot twist). ...more

Sorry, No Helicopter Moms Allowed In My Airspace

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My daughter (a 4th-grader) wants a playdate with a friend from her class. I reached out to the mom who was happy to set something up but then added, "I don't let her go to playdates alone, so I will be there as well." This girl must be 9 or 10 years old. What the hell? Does this seem a little overprotective? I mean, yes, come meet me, of course! Hang out for a  bit, but two hours?!! My daughter wants the first playdate at our house, so what can I do?Signed,My daughter wants a playdate, not me...more
Mine hubby is too (detective in new zealand) and I used to moan about the extent he would go to ...more

Mom on Mom Judgement

I cannot be the only one…who has noticed that some Mamas thrive on schooling you on what is good parenting. There are those Moms who I think are just waiting for a good moment to drop some superior mothering wisdom on you and the others who are all about passing parenting judgment, either way this schooling happens to me quite often....more

The Tale of a Scatterbrained Mom

I cannot be the only one…who used to be able to handle the workings of an entire company, chat on the phone with her best girlfriend about the insane sale they got on their latest pair of killer pumps, and paint their nails all at the same time, and not miss a beat.  Only to jump ahead five years and not only not own any pumps that have been purchased in the last two years, but can’t even remember why they are standing in front of the open silverware drawer staring at it’s contents.  This, my friends, is the sign of a scatterbrained mom…and I am one ...more

10 Legit Work-from-Home Opportunities for New Moms

Being a new mother can put you out of the workforce, when in reality, you’re juggling a number of jobs – that of a cook, a cleaner, a chauffeur, a teacher, and many more. To quote Mildred B. Vermont, “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest-salaried jobs, since the payment is pure love”. As heartwarming as these words are, most moms I’m sure would be a notch happier if they got a chance to earn their own paycheck even with a baby at home. Am I right, or am I right?! I mean who wouldn’t want to pitch in to the family income if given a chance?...more

Motherhood Stinks (Sometimes) Part 3

In the first two parts of Motherhood Stinks (Sometimes), we explored The Blowout and how Other Kids Stink Worse. 3....more