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A Parenting Tip for the Masses: Be Lazier

Tired of always being told that you will never be enough, that you can never do enough for your child? Look no further! Janet Allison of Boys Alive! shared a post on Raising Boys World that claims lazy parents are great parents. So kick back, put those feet up, read this post and feel better about how you're teaching your children to take care of themselves! ...more
laziness is an art, right?  I think i even read a blog about laziness.  I plan to have a lazy ...more

April 30th Is National Spank Out Day: Does Spanking Even Work?

April 30th is National Spank Out Day. It’s hard to forget about it when the old adage “spare the rod, spoil the child” gets revisited in the news so frequently. It seems that, every week, there is a news story of parents or caregivers being arrested for taking disciplining a child too far. For all the adamant opponents of spanking, there are still just as many supporters of this purportedly mild form of corporal punishment, following the idiom to the letter....more
Thank you for writing this post!  While I don't think that all forms of spanking are abuse, I am ...more

The "S-word" Is Not a Preschool Word (Even if Daddy Says It)

We attempt to watch what we say around them and make sure to mute the TV when they toddle into the living room after hours to ask for "just one more good night kiss." Yesterday while driving home from work/school/daycare, I was attempting to foster a sense of family time by asking my five-year-old diva how her day went. She proceeded to dish about how another little girl had said "the S-word" at preschool. My six-year-old responded, "You mean the word that dad always says? "Bull s-word?"...more
No green light here. Growing up we weren't allowed to say " geeze or gosh" even because it was ...more

Apparently I'm Not Exempt from Empty Nest Syndrome

I remember rolling my eyes when my mom lamented her empty nest syndrome. This was, of course, before I had children. Even now, I can't imagine what a quiet house sounds like, so I just can't place myself in the shoes of empty nesters. Neither could Diapola Momma of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom... until she was already wearing the shoes. She shares her initial thoughts -- and her reality: ...more
They moved away- I cried -they moved back in...with their girlfriends,kids cats,and dogs- I criedmore

Stay-at-Home Dads Encounter the Problem Without a Name

The press has discovered the “invisibility” of stay-at-home fathers and is making hay of same. Never mind that Betty Friedan already told us all about this, now it is real, now it is a problem, because now it is happening to men. That’s annoying in the same way that it’s annoying that a mom who writes about potty training is uninteresting and narcissistic while a dad who does the same is a revolutionary. But setting annoyance aside, I welcome this newfound interest in the plight of the stay-at-home parent....more
Great post. My husband stayed at home for nearly three years with our daughter and I will also ...more

Loving Kids Like They Need to Be Loved

If you've never thought what it's like to parent a teenager who was adopted and the ins and outs that go with that special circumstance, I invite you to read this post by Mary at Owlhaven. What seems like an innocent shopping trip holds a weight for this mom. Her point -- that sometimes we need to love our children how they need to be loved more than we want to love them -- is one that hits me right where I need hit. ...more
Thank you.  I sometimes think I am all alone in this.  It is so frustrating that it is so hard ...more

Not Everyone Had a "Mother" to Celebrate

I had a mother once, but not a real mother. She gave birth to me, but almost anyone can do that. I know deep, deep down, under and inside and probably wrapped up inside of something else and hidden in a corner of her, there was love for me.I believe in childbirth we give up the body of the child, but left behind is this powerful seed. Some people tend to it and embrace it as a gift. Not everyone does. Not everyone has a mom who paid attention to that burning in their chests and aching in their stomachs and inability to get your mind to rest at night. Not every new mother understands that this tiny baby is theirs and you are going to give up anything you have to just to keep it safe and to let it know it is loved....more
@BushidoWoman I am sorry but you are sadly not alone.  I think often that there are so many ...more

Facebook as a Parenting Punishment Tool: Good Idea?

Denise Abbott's decision to publicly discipline her daughter on Facebook sets a precedent to be public about their issues. Technically, her 13-year-old Ava set this precedent when she first disrespected her mother online, but Denise followed suit. If the experts who say that modeling proper behavior is the best way to teach children life skills, like discretion and respect, then arguably Abbott's choice of discipline may have inadvertently reinforced her daughter's behavior instead of curbed it. Kind of like spanking a child to punish him for hitting, or screaming at a child for throwing a tantrum....more
@Johann7 Your comment has really given me food for thought. You are right. There is an accepted ...more

Disneynature's Chimpanzee- Great Breastfeeding Message For Kids and Adults

Brian and I took the kids to see Disneynature’s Chimpanzee on opening day.  It’s really no surprise we loved it. We knew it was going to show the story of a dominant male adopting an orphaned chimp, and it was truly beautiful. What I was surprised about was how eloquently the documentary covered the topic of breastfeeding. Oscar, the three-year-old chimpanzee was shown breastfeeding throughout the day. The narrator explained that Oscar eats solid food, but is not nearly to the age of weaning....more
Some argue that the average interbirth interval for humans is approximately 2-4 years, compared ...more

Parents: You Can Say No to Early Intervention!

While we tout and understand the vital importance that early intervention plays in the lives of some children, Word Nerd wants you to know that you have the right to refuse early intervention. She shared a scenario which is somewhat worrisome -- a child quiet around strangers but bubbly and out-going at home being forced into speech therapy. It happens; has it happened to you? She goes on to remind parents that they have a right to make decisions for their own child. It's an important post in many ways. ...more
 @Magical_Mimi Often, the people who provide initial school screenings are not specifically ...more