Barbie's Not the Devil (But I Still Don't Like Her)

Barbie's Not the Devil (But I Still Don't Like Her) How can I teach my kids to be kind to each other and to themselves? How can I teach them to be confident, inquisitive, happy children? Children that will gradually grow into young adults and then, unbelievably, adults. As far as body image and beauty are concerned, I tend to focus on my daughter; I understand a woman's point of view and all that it covers....more

How to Celebrate Halloween with a Highly Sensitive Child

Ah, Halloween, the intense, incredibly stimulating holiday adored by children everywhere. Or is it? For many of our more unique children, it's not such a simple, happy-go-lucky celebration as the media would like us to believe. ...more

Sometimes Quitting IS the Answer

Sometimes Quitting IS the AnswerBy Julia Arnold/ Frantic Mama I'm not a quitter. At least, I don't want to be a quitter. Who does? I try to stick with pursuits even when they are tough. Though, if I'm honest, when looking back on my earlier years, there were fixations/interests/hobbies I thought I would passionately stick with forever but that eventually waned-- sewing, cross country, baking, tennis. ...more

I'm Actually Excited for my Son to Start School

"Why I can't wait for my son to start Kindergarten..."By Julia Arnold ...more

A Day in the Life of a 2 Year Old

Hi.I'm E, Frantic Mama's 2 year-old daughter.  That's me, in the picture there.  I was riding my brother's McQueen car around the basement this morning while it was still dark outside.  FAST!  Really, really fast.  In circles.   ...more

What's it's REALLY Like to Have a Girl

First, my sister had a boy.  Then I had a boy.  Next, my sister had a second boy.  Then I had a... girl.I was used to boys.  I love boys.  They are awesome.  I thought it would be fun to have a daughter; I thought it would be fun to have a second boy.  Either sounded good to me.We waited until delivery to find out if our baby was a boy or girl, but I was pretty sure for most of my pregnancy she was a girl.  Lo and behold, my husband got to announce "It's a girl!" on September 12th, 2012. ...more

HOORAY for 4 Year Olds! Yes, it DOES get better!

HOORAY for 4 Year Olds! There's the God-forsaken, sleep-deprived newborn stage, followed by the blood-curdling teething stage, which leads to much-feared Terrible Twos, topped off with what is now often considered the hardest stage of all-- the Terrible Threes.  Dear Lord, we wonder at each age, when does it get easier?!...more
ivysvariety Ah yes, preschool can give us a little space that helps everything go more smoothly ...more

Toys to Grow with your Baby and Toddler

Many toys seem to come and go in our house, but it is so nice when I see my kids (now 4 and almost 2) continue to play with certain toys months-- or even years-- after they first receive them.  I love it even more if both of my kids will play with a toy at the same time. ...more

Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

"You are so lucky!"  We have all heard and said these words, right?  But when you stop to think about it, what does it imply?  That their life is easier than yours?  That their good fortune was brought on by magic, while you have been cursed with bad luck?  That doesn't seem like a realistic, fair way to look at other people's lives....more

How to Win and Keep Mommy Friends

Friendships can be tricky.  Even as an adult, we are often looking to make friends, solidify friendships, and maintain friendships.  Based on my own experiences (and pet peeves), I have a few tips for making and keeping friends when you enter the world of SAHM. Friends are the family we choose for ourselves....more