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
I have heard all of these comments about my size too.   My personal (least) favorites though are ... more

Why I'm Rabidly Jealous of David Hasselhoff

Yeah, like I really need to explain why this guy makes me jealous.  Look at those flowing locks.However, just because I know you're curious to get inside my head, I've made a comprehensive list....more
Okay. LOL. Enough said :) more

Motherhood Is an Ever-Evolving State of Being

When I was pregnant with Miss, I read everything I could get my hands on about being pregnant, labor and delivery, taking care of a baby, the necessary gear to take care of a baby, and so on. I joined a support group for breastfeeding moms before she was even born. I extensively researched every baby item I bought, learned all about making my own baby food (bought several “cook books” for this in fact), and obsessed over having the perfect nursery....more
@JanieJanikTankersley You're awesome J :) <3 You! more

Motherhood Is an Ever-Evolving State of Being

When I was pregnant with Miss, I read everything I could get my hands on about being pregnant, labor and delivery, taking care of a baby, the necessary gear to take care of a baby, and so on. I joined a support group for breastfeeding moms before she was even born. I extensively researched every baby item I bought, learned all about making my own baby food (bought several “cook books” for this in fact), and obsessed over having the perfect nursery....more
@Callie Morgan I totally agree! I never knew I had so many character issues to improve upon ... more

Saving Things, Using Things

I am fascinated by things, and our attachment to our things.Why are some people hoarders? How are some people able to live out of a suitcase, or in carefully curated minimalist surroundings ?...more
I totally agree that the stories behind many items I keep are what make them valuable, as well ... more

The Awkward Blogger

I began blogging in June 2012. As I started my blog, Mommy, For Real, I simultaneously read several books and numerous articles about blogging, particularly those featuring “mommy bloggers.” Over and over it was made clear that the way to have a successful readership was by putting yourself out there and interacting with other bloggers. Taking a deep breath, I began to do just that. ...more
I've been blogging for over two years, and I still feel this way! Love this. more

Sandy Hook and School Prayer: The Good Old Days Are Getting Old

The other night, we attended a wonderful Christmas concert for the middle school. We paused at the beginning with a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook. The principal, who is a nice guy and cares about the kids in his charge, said that this happened because we took God out of our schools. Most of the crowd clapped for him. I did not clap. I may have irreverently rolled my eyes, actually. Not out of disrespect for him, but at the fallacy that kids saying a generic prayer every day at school was going to make sure that a shooter would not make it in the school building. I am a Christian, and I pray. But the Good Old Days of school prayer were not perfect, and I wish people would remember that....more
Amen. This is very well written and so true! more

Up and Down: What Motherhood Feels Like

A spunky blonde stood in the front of our MOPS meeting, talking about food as fuel and eating plants rather than things that made in a plant. "But what about goldfish?" I thought. We eat the tiny cheddar crackers in waves but seemed to be drowning in them lately. The blonde mentioned a website called Weelicious that had tons of healthy recipes for kids. I made a mental note and was excited when one of the first recipes I saw that afternoon was for whole wheat baked cheddar crackers. "Goldfish, smoldfish," I told myself....more
Every day. Great post :) more

10 Things I Will Never Say to My Kids

I realized that the anthems of my generation will likely just be classic rock to my kids. They'll never stand in line at Ticket Master, or "re-dial" a rotary phone for hours trying to get tickets to a band. The more I thought about it, the more things I came up with which my children are not likely to experience. And like that, Laughing Mom's 10 Things I Will Never Say to My Children was written. ...more
LOL! Love these. Every one of these took me back a bit to when I was a kid. I think my favorite ... more

My Mind Goes Blank When I Parent with an Audience

There was a time, before I had kids and when Miss was very small, when I believed I knew all there was to know about disciplining a toddler or preschooler. I watched other people do it with their own kids, and sometimes thought to myself all the reasons they weren't doing it right. I didn't get all caught up in judgment, but did have passing thoughts like, "My kid will do what I tell her, when I tell her," and "Wow, I would never put up with that kind of behavior," or "Geez, that mom is so rude to her kids!" I thought I had all the disciplining answers. I am a psychologist, after all. I had studied Skinner and Watson and Hull and Thorndike and could rattle off all sorts of stuff about behavioral principles. I used to teach seminars about the use of these principles with kids and adult patients. I had it all figured out....more
@Waffle-Wednesday  Isn't Mommy guilt the worst? Thank you very much for your comment. What a ... more