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My Neighbor Sleeps with a Loaded Gun Under His Pillow and I'm Terrified

It was around 2 p.m. on a Saturday when I pulled into the garage at my condo. One of my neighbors was also in the garage and as we pulled in, he walked towards my car. I opened the door and we exchanged the usual pleasantries before he asked, “Did you hear a gunshot last night?”...more
This is terribly frightening.more

Mommy Cliques Are The Worst

Unless you are in one. Then, I imagine, it’s fabulous. Your kids are all friends with each other and you have your social activities lined up for the next five years. Saturday nights are spent watching chick flicks, braiding each other’s hair, and gossiping about boys. Or is that grade school? It all feels very “grade school.” Regardless I want in. ...more
Ugh that is terrible! And these are adults we are talking about here!more

Pregnancy, New Motherhood, and Fitness: It's Okay to Take a Break

Today let's talk a little bit about running and fitness during pregnancy, after pregnancy, and finding the time as a new mom. Even if you don't have kids or are past this point in your life, it's worth reading along anyway. I didn't run while I was pregnant. As you know from last week's post, running did not become my fitness first love or priority until a few years ago. I did however go to the gym five days a week for years and attempted to keep up that fitness routine while I was pregnant. ...more
Dr E  I think we all have to do what works for us and sometimes, we don't know what will work ...more

Sometimes Moms Say the Darndest Things, Too

We can all agree that sometimes kids say the darndest things. There have even been entire shows devoted to that. BUT. Kids are not the only ones who say the darndest things. Moms do too. And probably dads. And maybe grandmas, grandpas, teachers, aunts and uncles anyone who has to deal with kids on a regular basis. ...more
Lol that's hilarious!  My three year old wants to show his penis to everyone. . . I'm trying not ...more

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Believe in Publicly Funded and Regulated Daycare

In response to the commenters on this article in the Toronto Star—and every article ever—about the need for safe, affordable childcare for working families. ...more
laughingmom This is exactally my point. Perhaps those in the US think differently about the way ...more

Don't Tell My Fifth Grader To 'Grow A Pair'

I hated 5th grade. I spent the year hiding from a bully who stated on day one of school that she was going to beat me up because I wore barrettes. She got her friends to taunt and torment me, causing me to spend the rest of the year terrified she’d make good on her promise. My bullying experience pales in comparison to what many kids go through, but it affected me and made for an incredibly stressful year that left me riddled with fear and anxiety....more
theempressandthefool  Yes, there are hurts in life, and kids need to learn to cope with them. ...more

Mommy Blogging Remains a Radical Act

In 2005 at the original BlogHer, Alice Bradley declared mommy blogging a radical act. By 2009, Lindsay Ferrier and others declared that ship sailed....more
Thank you!!! I'm proud to be a mommy blogger, even though I worry about what I'll write about ...more

Tips for Promoting the Sexual Safety of Young Children

Last week, I attended a workshop titled, “The TALK: Talking to Adults, Listening to Kids – Realistic Strategies for Promoting the Sexual Safety of Young Children.” Sponsored by a parenting group in a nearby town, the speaker, Nora Shine, PhD, was a psychologist, experienced in dealing with child survivors of abuse and trauma. ...more
Very good, specific information!   Level of parental supervision is highly correlated to risky ...more

Work/Life Balance: SOLVED! By President Obama and a Coalition of Changemakers

Today I missed hearing Michelle Obama speak on the topic of the eternal push-pull between work and family at the White House Summit on Working Families. I missed her because I needed to be on a train from DC back to New York and my home and my son before my babysitter expires for the evening. This small sacrifice I had to make strikes me as being somehow perfect. I am sure Michelle would approve. ...more
It was amazing, and it made me feel hopeful. It also made me feel angry at how our Congress has ...more

No One Puts Plus Size Maternity Photos On Pinterest

While I was at Mom 2.0 at the beginning of May, I ended up in a bunch of photos. And since this is 2014, some of those photos ended up on Facebook. And because it's Facebook, I ended up tagged, which meant all my friends —from my 4th grade classmates to the girl who lived on my floor in college to my mother's second cousin who lives in Sweden—saw them. I did not like it. They were not flattering. They were candid, and that is what I look like in candid photos, but they made me sad. **insert literally 1000 words I wrote then deleted about how being fat sucks here** ...more
These pictures are just as beautiful as any other maternity pictures I've seen.  I'm childfree ...more