Don't Waste Your Motherhood

I view motherhood as a privilege. It is such a sacred place and journey to me. I respect it with the weight of the fact I'm technically, medically speaking not even supposed to be living and breathing right now, let alone been given the immense gift of motherhood. I know motherhood means a thousand different things to a few different people, and I freaking love that. I love that we can all feed off of each other's ideas and encourage and cheer and uplift and support....more
Thank you Thank you Thank you. I was just reading a slew of posts about the misery of ... more

15 Things I Want to Teach My Children

It had me thinking about what it is that I'm doing. What am I trying to accomplish with these three little beings? The most obvious answer is that I'm trying to raise them to become full grown, functioning, well-adjusted members of society. Beyond that, though, I started thinking about what it is I want them to learn. What do I want them walking away with after they've spent their most formative years with me? ...more
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15 Things I Want to Teach My Children

It had me thinking about what it is that I'm doing. What am I trying to accomplish with these three little beings? The most obvious answer is that I'm trying to raise them to become full grown, functioning, well-adjusted members of society. Beyond that, though, I started thinking about what it is I want them to learn. What do I want them walking away with after they've spent their most formative years with me? ...more
@goodforyougirls beautiful and so important, not only for my daughter but for my sons as well. I ... more

Why Our Family Allows Toy Guns

Strobridge Elementary school in Hayward, California held a "safety day” during which firefighters discussed fire safety and police officers discussed bicycle and gun safety. The unique part of this day was the toy gun exchange. Kids who gave up their toy gun (squirt gun, Nerf gun, Star Wars blaster- you name it) received a book and were entered in a raffle to win a bicycle. Image Credit: Jamie Lynn Grumet...more
I touched on this subject as well ... more

Is Your Child Depressed? It's Probably Your Fault, Mom

Recently scientists declared children of women who did not finish high school were twice as likely to experience a major episode of depression in early adulthood as children whose mothers obtained a high school diploma, according to a new study by researchers at McGill University. The study authors also noted while a mother’s education affected a child’s chance for depression, the father’s education had no impact on his child....more
To be honest I think a lot of times the issue lies in the articles related to the studies rather ... more

6 Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves

I've heard it all before: stay-at-home moms with endless excuses, reasonings, logic and lies that we tell ourselves (and other people) of how and why we are the exceptions to many social norms. "I'm too busy as a SAHM to be able to do that during the day." "People should understand because I'm a SAHM." "Well, that's easy for her to do because she's not a SAHM." Ladies, it's all bull. It really is. ...more
I don't get why women let other women's life choices ruffle their feathers? I'm a work from home ... more

Booger Etiquette

 As originally posted on www.thehodgepodgediaries.com 06/12/13There's something about a child with a cold that drives me up the wall....more
I can't believe I just posted about boogers. more

No Excuses: Parenting Isn't Hard

Parenting isn’t hard. Well, okay, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes I participate in a discussion about someone in public being mean to their child. By “being mean” I mean spanking, slapping, grabbing, yanking, dragging, yelling, name-calling, belittling, punishing and so forth. And there’s always someone in these discussions ready to declare that “parenting is hard” and we should therefore cut the parent some slack. And I just reject this wholeheartedly....more
I think using the word abuse should not be taken lightly when discussing the parenting of our ... more

Even Superman Wears Them: Helping Your Child Adjust to Glasses

When my son's teacher handed me a referral recommending that he see a certified Optometrist as soon as possible, I honestly didn't pay much attention. The local university had conducted a vision screening where the children's eyesight would be tested by students and any findings would be documented and, if needed (as in my son's case), given to the parents to bring to an Optometrist for a more in depth exam. I had convinced myself that he had probably been fooling around during the exam and that as the cause for the referral....more
Thank you so much for featuring this post! I've explained to my son that by sharing our story ... more

I Judged a Dad on His iPhone

I need to admit something: I judged someone this past week. I judged a dad. I judged him hard. My family was having lunch after church. (I am aware how that point makes this story rather hypocritical, ironic and cliche, all at once.) A dad sat down with his son. A few minutes into their meal, the son was saying, "Dad! Dad! Dad! Hey dad!" I looked over, and you know it, dad was buried in his smartphone. I thought of the recent onslaught of "dear mom on the iPhone" posts and thought to myself, "Well, maybe they have a point. Here's a dad! Not connecting with the cute child right in front of him! COME ON, PEOPLE!" ...more
Such a great topic. Simply by stopping what you're doing, looking your child in the eye and ... more