8 People I Love To Hate At The Gym

I'm a sucker for those late-night weight-loss infomercials, and as a result own a library of workout DVDs and a machine that transforms into a torturous, in-home gym. At first, I enjoyed exercising on my own schedule in the privacy of my home. I wore my ratty Lycra shorts from the late 1980s and didn't care if I looked like a Richard Simmons reject....more
I love going to the gym, but I too have a hard time with some of the people who are there.  ... more

American Education & The Need to Learn How to Learn

A version of this post was published at Urban Moo Cow as part of the Around the World Parenting Blog Carnival. Several bloggers got together to discuss parenting and our thoughts on Christine Gross-Loh's new book, Parenting Without Borders. This week we wrote about education. Image Credit: jbachman01 via Flickr...more
Not only is this a good article, it has generated some great comments-truly thought provoking ... more

All I Ever Needed to Know About Parenting I Learned from Carol & Mike Brady

I just got schooled. I guess I had to be here, in this place. This place of banging my head against the wall trying to parent a wacko/pyro 7- almost 8-year-old. I will start with this admission: I am a total hypocrite. I used to preach no TV until the Roosters Came Home and the Cows Went to Bed. Honestly, I'll still preach that to you if your kid is 2 or 3. So if you want to hash it out, just tell me your 2-year-old sits in front of a TV, ever. ...more
I know, less yelling, more empathy.  I'm trying...   ;-) 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
We were forced to give up our satellite because we can't afford it right now.  I'm doing ok, the ... more

Adult Children of Bloggers Support Group

“And there were only thirty-two comments. I mean, did she not love me enough to promote my post further? My sister’s post? The one I mentioned last week? About the diaper accident? One-hundred-seventy-four. And it was picked up by the Huffington Post. Was my lisp not good enough? Was I not good enough?” ...more
Hmmm... ummmm... uh-oh.  My kids are in trouble... 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
Whoah, I started blogging in June 2012.  Wait, I'm from the Midwest.  Hey I think I had those ... more

I Don't Want to Be a Perfect Mom; I Want to Be a Better One

I can't be the mom I want to be, if I just keep doing the same things wrong. I'm a good mom, and I love my kids more than life itself. But, I want to be a mom that doesn't yell. A mom that doesn't appear to be angry or aggravated. I want my kids to grow up knowing they brought me joy each and every day. I want them to look back and picture me smiling instead crying....more
This is me on a daily basis.  I will never be perfect.  I want to be better... more

That Time My Kid Was Kicked Out of Daycare

When you hear that someone's child was removed from daycare you immediately think the child was a menace, right? The child threw things or the parents didn't pay or something else unpleasant? Well, I'm here to tell you that that's not always the case. Based on income, our family qualified for a discounted child care rate. For the first year he was there, we paid one amount. When we were due to re-certify, it was determined that we no longer qualified for the discount. Unfortunately, we weren't given any notice about that decision, just a letter in his cubby dated for that day that stated his last day was that day. I'm sorry, but WHAT?...more
I have worked in childcare and have had my own children in childcare.  Unfortunately this isn't ... 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
I found  myself nodding in agreement as I read through these.  Those kids will never know about ... more

The Truth About Wine Labels

So today I was reading the label on my wine bottle, which is not something I usually do because, let’s be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference between “oaky” and “elmy” (is that a thing?). I am no wine connoisseur—I mostly choose my wines based on their price and label. Trader Joe’s is great for choosing wine. There are maybe 8,000 different kinds of wine for under $10. And truth be told, I generally stick to the under-$6 vinos anyway. Why spend a bunch of money when I wouldn’t even know the difference? ...more
Apparently I need to go to Trader Joes!  I get my giant bottle o Sutter Home White Zinfandel at ... more