I'm Missing the Mommy Gene

When my son was born, I ran out and joined the first mom’s group that I could find. And then I promptly quit it. I was so looking forward to the companionship of other females, but what I found were these odd one-up-manship mommy power-hours, where women, clothed in vegan, organic cotton yoga ensembles sparred endlessly over any and all parenting-related topics. You use cloth diapers? Well we make our own cloth diapers from recycled nun’s habits. You make your own baby food? Well I nursed my first child until he left for college… for his master’s degree....more
 @verystrangebird  Awesome.  If we also have adult beverages at this playdate, then I have a ... more

I'm Missing the Mommy Gene

When my son was born, I ran out and joined the first mom’s group that I could find. And then I promptly quit it. I was so looking forward to the companionship of other females, but what I found were these odd one-up-manship mommy power-hours, where women, clothed in vegan, organic cotton yoga ensembles sparred endlessly over any and all parenting-related topics. You use cloth diapers? Well we make our own cloth diapers from recycled nun’s habits. You make your own baby food? Well I nursed my first child until he left for college… for his master’s degree....more
I love this post.  But why would you say you're missing the "mommy" gene because you haven't ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Open Thread for November NaBloPoMo Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is an open thread for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the comment section below to add your post, and peruse the comment section in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Here's me: http://mellehman.tumblr.com/ Yesterday's post on why kids do certain ... more

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Birthday parties: when did they get so complicated?

Ah, the child's birthday party:  is there really any more stress-inducing event that can be planned in a child's life?  I don't remember birthdays being that big of a deal when I was a kid:  my mom (or my friends' moms, as applicable) would bake a cake that was ostensibly intended to look like the popular cartoon character of the day (but in reality was always unrecognizable), she'd add a tub of ice cream, paper plates and plastic utensils, and call that a "party."  Entertainment was some mildly humiliating game like Musical Chairs (I never won) or Pin The Tail On The Donkey, and goody bags were comprised of a balloon and one of those little plastic puzzles where you had to slide the little numbered tiles one by one to get them in order -- remember those?  (Go easy on me.  I was a kid in the days before Nintendo DS.  We had little plastic toys back then.  And rotary dial phones.  Stop judging me.) ...more

Totally agree - My daughter turns three next week, and we're not having a big party at a ... more

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